Monday, 16 March 2015

Buddhist-Jews who dwell in both houses


From The Jewish Daily Forward

by Jay Michaelson

".... increasing numbers of Jews (again, we lack solid data) find themselves nourished by multiple faith traditions. I am one such Jew. I am both a rabbi (nondenominational) and teacher of Buddhist meditation — and at Buddhist meditation centers, not just Jewish ones. And over the years, I have gone from being a Jew with an interest in Buddhist-inflected Jewish meditation to a full-on BuJu. 

When a close family member passed away recently, I drew comfort both from shiva and from Roshi Joan Halifax’s dharma teachings (in particular, her book Being with Dying). Of course, there are points of tension. But for me, it’s both/and, not either/or..."

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