« St. Francis, 1 | Main | St. Francis, 3 »

September 20, 2011


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Somehow, I always get the best impressions of Catholicism/Christianity from Buddhists.

This is another great example.


Thank you for this post Barry.
May I respond to Joseph? Hi Joseph, all I can say is that perhaps you've been bumping into too many of those Korean evangelical types of Christians!
Thankfully, the Christian tradition is much broader and deeper and richer (and kinder!) than you might imagine from a stoll past the evangelical churches of Seoul! But that wider tradition is also there in Korea too.
(Though not a Catholic, the name Ham Seok-heon 함석헌 comes first to mind).


I've found my early experience with the Franciscans helped pave the road to my Buddhist practice. Another point of comparison, if anyone's interested, would be be Francis' take on "Perfect Joy" with the Buddhist teaching on patient forbearance (Shantideva comes to mind here).

Bodhisattvas come in all manner of shapes, forms, traditions and times!

Barry Briggs

Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Shodin, you make me want to know more about St Francis (and also about Buddhism!).

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • Zen teachers sometimes use the Ten Ox Herding Pictures to describe the path of awakening. Within this metaphorical framework, the ox symbolizes the secretive, unruly human mind.

My Other Weblogs


  • I’m truly grateful to everyone who leaves a comment on this blog. Even though many comments are generous and thoughtful, I rarely respond. Thank you for your understanding.

American Zen


  • I extend grateful appreciation to my daughter, Susie, who designed this site; to Zen Master Seung Sahn, for crossing the ocean; and to all beings for their never-ending encouragement and teaching.
  • May we together attain enlightenment and save all beings from suffering.

Free e-Books

Finding the Ox