David_2010 wrote:I wasn't sure where to put this, so, please move it if it's not the right place, but, I was wondering if anyone who combines Buddhism and Judaism, or identifies as a JUBU, as they're called. I recently finished reading 'The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Re-Discovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India' by Rodger Kamenetz, and really liked it, and it introduced me to the concept of JUBUs. I wasn't raised in a religious home, but, part of my heritage is Jewish, and it's something I like exploring and learning about, and I was really intrigued by JUBUs, and just wanted to learn more.
If you are a JUBU, how do you combine Buddhist and Jewish practice?, and, if you're not, do you think they're compatible?.
Thanks for any replies .
Mukunda wrote:altar wrote:While I admit to being Jewish (of origin) and Buddhist I think a JuBu is the last thing I would call myself.
"Admit"? Has an offense been committed by having a certain heritage?
rowyourboat wrote:I think this is quite interesting- integrating Judaisim and Buddhism - I guess the obvious point of contention would be the God (concept). I wonder if there is a way to overcome this?
Ben wrote:Practicing Dhamma, I would imagine would lead one to the dropping of labels and the self-identity processs.
Perhaps it is something that people of Jewish heritage (and others) do at the beginning of their practice 'career' and then slough off the labels as they progress on the path.
Anyway, its interesting.
christopher::: wrote:That's a good book "The Jew in the Lotus"... I enjoyed the conversation between the Dalai Lama and a Kabbalah teacher. They found many similarities in the Jewish and Mahayana cosmologies, were laughing and agreeing about ideas that the other Jewish rabbis present had never heard about. The Kabbalah presents God in a way that's very different from the traditional "old man in the sky" concept, imo.
One thing I like about a number of Jewish Buddhist teachers is they seem to be very nonsectarian, more open to other schools and traditions. You can hear examples of this in Joseph Goldstein's dhamma talks and his own story...
David N. Snyder wrote: is a deva who has 'chosen' the Hebrew people as his to watch over.
Can it be read online, do you know?
Because stuff like that is extremely interesting for me.
Sanghamitta wrote:the real thing is to be found ( for example ) in the work of the living teacher Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi. It corresponds to Sufism within Islam.
Schachter-Shalomi was among the group of rabbis, from a wide range of Jewish denominations, who traveled together to India to meet with the Dalai Lama and discuss diaspora survival with him. (The Tibetans, being exiled from their homeland for three generations now, are facing some of the same assimilation challenges faced by the Jews. The Dalai Lama was interested in knowing how the Jews had survived with their culture intact.) That journey was chronicled in Rodger Kamenetz' book The Jew in the Lotus, now also a documentary film...
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