Christopher Collingwood is an Anglican priest – Canon Chancellor of York Minster, no less. And…he’s a Zen teacher. So clearly he knows a thing or two about navigating an evolving faith, and the pushback that can come with it.

So we quiz Chris on his journey, and ponder how, if at all, Zen can help us on our journey of faith reconstruction.

Interview begins at 16m 30s

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Zen Wisdom for Christians


“What Zen shows you fairly quickly is that all those ideas that we have – all those concepts, those constructs, and so on – aren’t the reality themselves. So, Zen really takes you to the reality of life. Life as it is and not as we think it should be or would like it to be.”

“If we affirm that you’re only really who you are when you’re thinking, then we would be brought to a point at some stage where we would be inclined to say, ‘Oh, well that person clearly is no longer a person.’ And yet in every other respect, they may show all sorts of signs of what it is to be a person. So, Zen takes us beyond our identification with our thoughts and our thought processes.

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