June 12, 2014

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…

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Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and The Bible
April 30, 2013

Meaning of birth Buddhism We are reborn from a previous life until we reach nirvana (extinction of all desire and release from suffering). Hinduism We are reborn from a previous life until we realize our oneness with Brahman. The cycle of death and rebirth is called samsara. Traditional Judaism We are created in the image…

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That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist
September 1, 1997
Author: Garrett Smith

Book Title: That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist Author: Sylvia Boorstein Date Published: January 20, 1998 Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Spirituality3. Comparative Religion ISBN: 978-0060609580 Reviewer: Garrett Smith Review Date: Sep 1, 1997 That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist sounds like it might be a comment made by a Jewish comic from…

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Jewish Buddhists: A Meld of Mezuzahs and Mantra?
November 1, 1995
Author: Rich Robinson

A challenge to Rodger Kamenetz’s idea of the “JUBU,” Jewish Buddhists.

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Out of the Flowing Water
Author: Garrett Smith

A Jewish boy in a Buddhist monastery? Or a church? Sounds crazy, right? Six years ago I would have agreed. My life was on such a different path. My mother died of brain cancer that year. Her death released a flood of conflicting emotions in me. I had just landed my dream job as a…

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The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India
September 1, 1994

Book Title: The Jew in the Lotus Author: Rodger Kamenetz Date Published: 1994 Publisher: Harpercollins Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Jewish ISBN: 978-0060645762 Reviewer: David Feinberg Review Date: Sep 1, 1994 In 1990, the Jewish poet Rodger Kamenetz traveled with a group of Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, a remote hill town in northern India, in…

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My Journey: From Beatnik to Hippie to Jesus
September 1, 1988

I am a child of the ’60s, with all the images that implies. Beyond that, I am a Jew. People today want to be known for how they stand out, not how they fit in; yet, my individuality cannot be separated from the ethnic background which gave it birth. I grew up in a Conservative…

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