Thursday, December 13, 2007

The "Oy Vey" School of Buddhism

Rabbi Dovid Sears has started a 3-part series on A Simple Jew about The "Oy Vey" School of Buddhism:
This is the first of three postings about some of the similarities and differences between Buddhism and Judaism, following the lead of Rabbi Akiva Tatz’s recently-published “Letters to a Buddhist Jew”, although from a Chassidic point of view. It is inevitably over-simplistic and should be at least ten times as long – but it’s a start!

The late Tibetan Buddhist guru Chogyam Trungpa once quipped that he had so many Jewish students that they constituted a new sect: the “Oy Vey” school of Buddhism. For a people that has resisted conversion to other faiths for thousands of years, even on pain of death, the attraction of so many Jews to Buddhism – a religion that does not proselytize anyone -- is an enigma. (Maybe we could call this the “Enigma-pa” school of Buddhism…) And it is an enigma that Jewish religious leaders would be unwise to ignore.
Read the whole thing.

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1 comment:

Soccer Dad said...

Reminds me of this joke.

(Scroll down to "Maharishi Naru.")