The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India
While accompanying eight high–spirited Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, India, for a historic Buddhist–Jewish dialogue with the Dalai Lama, poet Rodger Kamenetz comes to understand the convergence of Buddhist and Jewish thought. Along the way he encounters Ram Dass and Richard Gere, and dialogues with leading rabbis and Jewish thinkers, including Zalman Schacter, Yitz and B...more
I found my second motivation for reading such works to be especially well described by several participants in the interfaith dialogue depicted in this book, including Omer-Ma ...more
I found it interesting that the Jews went thinking that they were going to teach the Dalai Lama about how a religion could survive in the diaspora. I laughed at Zalman's idea of a Tibetan seder before even meeting the Dalai Lama. Instead of only t ...more
The Jew in the Lotus is many things - a travel narrative (there's much about India, in here - snapshots built word-by-word of markets, temples, shrines, hotels, and the result is as vibrant as a color photograph); a personal journal (Kamenetz went to India as a secular Jew with some suspicion about Buddhism, and returned a spiritual Jew ...more
I'm not entirely sure how to even describe it. Kamenetz is a phenomenal writer and is able to articulate and discuss the actual events as they occurred during the meeting with the Dalai Lama, the thoughts and philosophy behind both Judaism and Buddhism as they were discussed (even the esoteric parts), and his own ideas/opinions/thoughts/feelings as they occurred with truth, compassion, love and such authenticity parts of it made me want to cry.
Much of what I saw in this book ...more
Kamenetz does a great job of outlining the various flavors of and splits within Judaism, while also giving an impressive overview of Tibetan Buddhism.
The really amazing parts, though, are the various sections that discuss where the two religions intersect. And there are a lot more than I thought.
Kamenetz wraps up the book with a call to arm for the increasingly broken American Judaism to fix itself, and ...more
The story of a group of Jews from across the ideological spectrum going to Dharamsala for the first ever dialogue between Jewish thinkers and the Dalai Lama. The story prov ...more
- Lots of bickering about what it means to be a Jew
- Some perspectives on similarities between Buddhism and Judaism
- An inquiry into Jewish values that seeks to explain why Jews gravitate towards Buddhism much more than other members of other religions
- A strong desire to go travel in India (or travel in India again)
- Plenty of wisdom from the Dalai Lama, which ...more
I've always felt a strong connection to Judaism; my reference has always been this wonderful Reform synagogue in Tennessee that my family belonged to until we moved away. It' ...more
The Jew in the Lotus
part of the Jewish Intersections series
What do you think of meditation?
How do you calm yourself?
What do you imagine?
Do you think of your meditation practice as coming from a specific religious or spiritual place?
What are your thoughts on Meditation?
Parkinson's Improved by Meditation?
"Neurodegenerative diseases [ie parkinson's disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis] pose a significant pr ...more
War and Peace:
Are you fighting for peace? Can you literally fight for something that is the opposite of fighting? Does the end justify the means? Where does the duality of war and peace show up in your life?
Exile and Home:
What are you cut off from that feels like home? Do you feel like you are in exile? Are you thriving in exile? Are there parts of your body that feel separate or exiled from the rest of you?
The Jew in the Lotus
Kamenetz, Rodger. (1998). The Jew in the Lotus : a poe ...more
Replay of the Journey to Judaism audio review and discussion at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/creating...
How to you think about reincarnation?
Do you have to do it all now or do you have a thread of lifetimes?
pg 88 (The Jew in the Lotus)
What determines whether an angel in the next rebirth will be a bird or an animal? What is the main factor? Buddhists call it karma." - The Dalai Lama on how rebirth works in Jewish Doctrine.
Why do bad t ...more
As an atheist I'm not practicing meditation for any spiritual reason, but for personality clarity, and the always elusive "mindfulness." The dogmatic tendencies of religion, highlighted (by this book) to be found in these two faiths, has left some struggling to find comfort and identif ...more
I know many people, the past twenty years, are discovering kabbalah mentoring, but may or may not connect themselves to Judaism. Maybe percieving, their might be something too rigid, or not open to exploratory self-gui ...more
I think that this book was well written. It is the story of a diverse group of Jewish scholars that journey to India to speak with t ...more