Reflections of a Jewish Buddhist

In The Jew in the Lotus, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi says he would like to make a request to His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "Give me a Dharma talk addressed to Jews." To me, it seemed he was saying, "Give me something of your belief system that speaks to me — that works for me." Judaism speaks to Reb Zalman, of course, but he wanted to expand his outlook. In my case, although I grew up Jewish, I didn't always grasp the real meaning of the familiar traditions. But after I began to study and practice Buddhism, I came to understand in a new way the Jewish rituals I had learned as a child. Buddhism and Judaism share a bounty of common practices. They both emphasize acti

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