Jews, Buddhism, and Jewish Buddhists: Knowing What We are Doing in Order to be (Even More) Mindful Teachers
The brilliance of Jewish thought is perhaps due to the fact that Jews have always borrowed from other cultures in order to better reappraise their own. Along this line, the encounter of Jews with Buddhism in the 20th century may be the most impactful one for late modern Judaism. We all, Jewish meditation teachers, are indebted to this encounter- even perhaps when we teach solely traditional Jewish Meditation. How so? How is Buddhism inspiring us and influencing our rediscovery of Jewish spirituality? What Buddhism inspires us? What to take, what to leave, and where to draw the line?