Zen is a path to spiritual fulfilment. In order to follow it you need to be able to do two things: sit on your butt and breathe. How hard is that? Do you need to be a buddhist to do Zen? No. Zen and Buddhism are kissing cousins but they aren't married. Any Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist can study Zen without comprising his or her beliefs. There are three things that will help along the way: great faith - not faith in a Christian sense but simply a firm belief that the Zen path will lead to enlightenment; great doubt - you must be prepared to take nothing for granted and examine everything for yourself from the ground up; and great perseverance - Zen is not instant enlightenment, it takes years of constant effort. Travel the path and enjoy!
About the Author
Rober Allen has a long standing involvement with Buddihism, and especially Zen, which he began when he was a teacher in Thailand. He is also a compiler of puzzle books, for mensa and other publishers, and appears on radio as a puzzle expert. He is a CEO of the Mensa Foundation for Gifted Children and teaches creative writing. Robert's previous books include The Ultimate Mental Challenge, and How to Win Arguments.