I have lent this book out so many times that I keep needing to purchase new copies. Tibetan Intellectuals, Tibetan Orphans -- 14. After all, this is the Dalai Lama's main question for the Jewish delegates. More high quality and unbiased studies of meditation practices on relevant endpoints in cardiovascular disease are needed, including the effects of such practices on inflammation, baseline heart rate variability, arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, and cardiovascular mortality. At the start, he describes himself as a secular Jew who is drawn to a Torah scroll in an airport, and frightened by the sound of the German language. Can you literally fight for something that is the opposite of fighting? Before the dinner, we were business partners then separated because of business failure. The Dalai Lama, whose people and way of life are threatened, would like to learn about Jewish survival.
What have they found on the new path that wasn't available on the old one? Most forms of Tibetan Buddhism, by contrast, are the preserve of a monastic elite, leaving laymen cut off from tradition. About this Item: Jason Aronson, Inc. Do you feel like you are in exile? And yet what riches of intellectualism there are in Judaism! The Jew in the Lotus satisfied both of my hopes for religious nonfiction. Shabbat Shalom and Tashe Delek -- 11. The friend is not a Jew. Open the doors and open them wide. Or was it all an exercise? Caught between the various denominations of American Judaism, and drawn to the spiritual richness but not the Orthodoxy of Hasidism, it was such a relief to read a well written and thoughtful account of this exact struggle.
The title of the book explains why the two friends see the same faith and common values in the other. And I would love to hear your thoughts. Personally, it led to an extraordinary reawakening and consideration of my roots and a quest to learn more. The materialism of much of Jewish life today, the lack of spirituality in our synagogue life, and the failure to communicate Judaism as a spiritual path have led, and will lead, many Jews to look elsewhere. We however are both non religious. You visualize a great and awesome fire burning in front of you, and you, for the sake of sanctifying the name of God, overcome your lower nature and throw yourself into the fire as a martyr.
To read these chapters is something like walking through a mythic garden. One reason his holiness called for this meeting was to find out what secrets the Jews had that allowed their religion and culture to survive in exile for two thousand years and how these secrets might be applied to preserve the Tibetan Buddhist tradition given its current situation. Judaism is dominated by ethnocentrisms that evoke little warmth from non-Orthodox Jews. The Jewish delegates each come with their own unique perspective on Judaism, which they plan to share. I knew Rabbi Zalman, one of the central attendees at the Dahli Lama's seminar, this book was quoted in his obituary July 2014. A Last Secret -- 23.
This amazing journey through Tibetan Buddhism and Judaism leads Kamenetz to a renewed appreciation of his living Jewish roots. I see this as a challenge for Christianity also. The secret may be Judaism's involvement of the entire family, which makes every person a potential bearer of Jewish spirituality. For example, it may be argued that the world's religions, which have traditionally been the keepers and purveyors of ethical values, are rendered either spurious or irrelevant. Of course there are is an ultimate difference in the Jewish conception of G-d and in some of the intrinsic goals of meditation and life as practiced in Judaism.
There seemed to be real and useful interfaith dialogue taking place in the Jew and the Lotus, because there were so many different perspectives respectfully presented even if we did not have insight from the ultraorthodox Jews , and so many open and honest questions asked. The Dalai Lama met with a group of Jewish leaders in Dharamsala to learn the secrets of Jewish cultural survival through generations of diaspora. A friend lent me The Jew In The Lotus after we had a 4-hour dinner discussion about faith and ethnic disciplines. Not surprisingly, when Zalman presents his views on Jewish mysticism before the Dalai Lama, they prove unfamiliar not only to the Dalai Lama but to many of the Jewishly educated delegates. Tantra and Kabbalah -- 17. There is a difference between understanding how a system works, or might have worked for certain Jews in previous centuries — and the next step, which would be living that life today.
What struck me and the delegates was that the Dalai Lama never responded defensively to even the most pointed questions. But this is not so to the orthodox Christian, who believes that he is commanded to pray in the name of Jesus, and who conceives that this is how his prayers are heard. So how we are remanifest depends on what we have done in the past. Much of what I saw in this book What an amazing book! At the same time, the Dalai Lama provides insight for why so many Jews are alienated from their religion, becoming either skeptics or adherents of other religions, particularly Buddhism. Kamenetz does a great job of outlining the various flavors of and splits within Judaism, while also giving an impressive overview of Tibetan Buddhism.
I found every page of The Jew in the Lotus enlightening and engrossing. Kamenetz's message is: If I can do it, so can you. He gave a parallel from Buddhist history. This amazing journey through Tibetan Buddhism and Judaism leads Kamenetz to a renewed appreciation of his living Jewish roots. This seems both simplistic and extremely unlikely to occur mainstream Judaism becoming highly mystical , and are we so sure that Judaism, which has many varied and vi It was fascinating to learn that traditional Jewish mysticism has many concepts and practices similar to those in Buddhism.
Where does the duality of war and peace show up in your life? This book would be quite different if it were written today instead of 20 years ago. And, of course, there's a reason that he was the person asked to observe this historic meeting. Aside from the travelogue, Kamenetz does a nice job describing the what each group can learn from the other. It introduced me to dozens of ideas, methods, concepts, I kept buying books on the topics described and learned a lot about Buddhism. An important aspect to understand about both religious minorities is the conflicts they have had to, and do currently, face. Kamenetz is well-served by an honest appraisal of ideas. The Dalai Lama wants to know the secret of Jewish survival, so he can ensure the future of a beleaguered Tibetan Buddhism.