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Few spiritual practices are more intriguing or elusive than those of Zen Judaism,” says David M. Bader in the foreword to Zen Judaism. “This growing movement offers a unique way to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, ideally without gaining quite so much weight.” These nearly 100 sacred teachings are capable “of bringing about an enlightenment experience so pure, so ele ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 13th 2002 by Harmony
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Matt
This book is a humorous collection of aphorisms that seek to combine the ideas/cultures of Judaism and Zen Buddhism for the sake of some insightful laughs.

An example: "The Torah says, 'Love thy neighbor as thy self.' The Buddha says there is no 'self.' So maybe you are off the hook." (p. 46)
Cheryl
Actually quite cute - gently humorous. Very short, as there's no story or anything. The cumulative effect of the verses is more effective than just reading one on a t-shirt, but I'm gonna quote a couple anyway:

"To practice Zen and the art of Jewish motorcycle maintenance, do the following: Get rid of the motorcyle. What were you thinking?"

"The Buddha taught that one should practice lovingkindness to all sentient beings. Still, would it kill you to find a nice sentient being who happens to be Jew
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
Few spiritual practices are more intriguing or elusive than those of Zen Judaism,” says David M. Bader in the foreword to Zen Judaism. “This growing movement offers a unique way to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, ideally without gaining quite so much weight.” These nearly 100 sacred teachings are capable “of bringing about an enlightenment experience so pure, so elevating, and so intense, you could plotz.”

For you, some samples:

To know the Buddha is the highest attainmen
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Ellen
Apr 28, 2008 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ellen by: Parker Palmer
"Learn of the pine from the pine
Learn of the bamboo from the bamboo
Learn of the kugel from the kugel"
Wendy Lawrence
the subtitle says it all. a little light-heartedness, too.
Glory
Such pearls of wisdoms and hilarious, too!
Annabelle
A clever little book!
Rebecca
Seriously funny.
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Also published as David Bader
Manhattan attorney turned haiku humourist, David Bader is author of several US cult hits Haikus for Jews: For You, a Little Wisdom and Zen Judaism: For You, a Little Enlightenment. He lives and counts syllables in New York City.
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