In a way, enlightenment has been a goal or achievement of both the Eastern and Western worldviews for quite some time. In Buddhism, starting with its founder in the fifth century B.C.E., individual enlightenment is a follower’s highest goal. “Buddha” means “awakened” or “enlightened one.” For the Buddhist, this means freeing oneself from the cycle […]
Sylvia Boorstein. San Francisco: Harper, 1997. 170 pages. $20.00, cloth. Reviewed by Garrett Smith and Matthew Friedland. That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist sounds like it might be a comment made by a Jewish comic from the Catskills. However, the essentially serious message of this latest book by Sylvia Boorstein is summarized by the subtitle, […]
A challenge to Rodger Kamenetz’s idea of the “JUBU,” Jewish Buddhists.
Comparison Chart: Buddhism, Hinduism, Traditional Judaism, and the Gospel
Rodger Kamenetz. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1994. x, 304 pages. $20.00, cloth. In 1990, the Jewish poet Rodger Kamenetz traveled with a group of Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, a remote hill town in northern India, in order to dialogue with the Dalai Lama. The Jew in the Lotus describes his experiences on this journey. […]