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 attainment. Second highest is to go to the same doctor as the Buddha.
Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?
There is no escaping Karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?
If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?
Be patient and achieve all things. Be impatient and achieve all things faster.
It is too easy to lose sight of the true purpose of any practice. Even with the best intentions, blind obedience, obsession, and group pressure to conform can and do lead many astray. Anger, judgmentalness, and domination can easily replace the kindness, generosity, and that we all long for. The practice of both Zen and Judaism together, is a protection against this. It creates a balance, clears away the weeds and allows your life to bloom.
|DailyOM Library : David M. Bader : Zen Judaism|
I found this on Brad Feld’s blog, and I found it to be funny. It’s from an email he got on “Zen Judaism”: If there is no self … Then whose arthritis is this? Be here now. Be someplace else later … Is that so complicated? Drink tea and nourish life….
Find out more about how Zen and Jewish practice can heal your life in award winning book, Jewish Dharma (A Guide to the Practice of Judaism and Zen), Author is psychologist, speaker and long term practitioner of both Zen and Judaism. She has offered over 500 talks workshops on all aspects of personal and spiritual growth and developing authentic peace of mind. Contact her at: , .