It has been written by the Dalai Lama that Christians cannot use Buddhist meditations, for their meditations are upon God, and the Buddhist meditation is on the Emptiness. And, perhaps, technically he is right, for I may no longer count as a classical Christian. I do not believe Y’shua to have been God incarnate. I have studied the Tanakh in some part, and find that I cannot go against the teachings of Moshe and Avrahim, who told us that God would never come as a man, and that God would never ask for a human sacrifice. I have meditated on the emptiness, meditating on the need to be rid in my soul of the greed, anger, hatred, and lust that trouble our hearts so.
Yet, I find that with this meditation, I am more truly a follower of God, believing that compassion and genuine love from my very depths have more room in a heart that is no longer filled with the rage that is so common when we hate, or are greedy or angry. I have seen my cup as a crystal clear glass filled in my youth with mud. That mud was the anger I held, the need for revenge, or worse, the need to hurt others in that anger. As it is, there are still troubled spots in my heart, most especially when I see new injustices and injuries occurring daily in our world, that has more despair to give than hope. I am not as clear as I want to be, but I am much clearer than when I was young. I still use the meditation on emptiness when I find myself getting muddy with those disturbing emotions.
St. John is my favorite writer in the New Testament, I find his work to be more timeless than other works there. Some of his words are the very thing that brought me to the understanding that those of other faiths are not necessarily my enemy, nor are those that practice the faith called Christianity necessarily my friends. in his First epistle, chapter 4, verses 7 & 8 are the words I live by. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loveth is born of God and knoweth God,he who loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love.” By those words, I accept all who walk in compassion, knowing them as children of my God, even if they do not speak of God as I know The One in my heart.
Further, let me say that with the luminosity that is gained in meditating on the emptiness of the disturbing emotions, and in the temporal things this earth has to offer, one exposes the light within that is at the very core of all who live. It is this light by which we are seen of God.