The God Issue
In the West, there is a widespread assumption that you can’t be Buddhist and believe in God. These pages explore that assumption. A lot of Westerners are drawn to Buddhism precisely because it’s a way to explore the unknowable without any mention of God. And some find God in the Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness. It’s hard to talk about God. Impossible to name the Nameless. “The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao.” Yet in this issue, that’s what we’re asking of ourselves and our contributors: Can a Buddhist believe in God? Can a Christian, Jew or Muslim who also practices Buddhism reconcile the two traditions? How might a relationship with God enrich or conflict with one’s Buddhist practice?