Monday, 24 June 2013

5 Reasons Jews Gravitate Toward Buddhism

«As Jews continue to explore Buddhism and its practices, more JuBus will be able to discover the "OM in ShalOM," creating a rich and fruitful spiritual path. Both traditions have much to offer and boast a rich legacy of dialogue and thought provoking debate to cultivate both wisdom and compassion and a whole lot of JuBulation!»»

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What is current Torah Judaism Missing?

Best Regards,


Micha Berger said...

I encounter a number of JuBus and former JuBus as well as others who dip into Eastern traditions when teaching for The Mussar Institute. In fact among my roles is to keep the New Age stuff in check so that students don't plan programs with TMI's imprimatur that don't fit the mesorah of the Mussar Movement.

What seems to drive them to the East is a search for religion as a path to inner quiet, harmony, living for a higher goal.

Of the things they want that the Jewish Community (outside Renewal) isn't offering them is meditative practices and a religion that hasn't lost the feel of being a process for growth.

Of course, this generalization is no more valid as any stereotype is in general.

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Rabbi Rich Wolpoe said...

It seems to me that serious Jews are demanding more:

1. Spirituality
2. Kindness
3. Peace of Mind

4. Judgmentalism - Condemnation

Who in the Frum Jewish World today radiates warmth like the Dalai Lama?

The answer is - L'havdil - Off the top of my head:
A. R Zelig Pliskim
B. R Dr. Abraham Twerski

IMHO We need more "Varmkeit" and Positive Judaism.
Best Regards,

Micha Berger said...

This is why there are people who won't let go of R' Shlomo.

Also for your list, R' Moshe Weinberger of Aish Kodesh in Woodmere.

Rav Dovid Lifshitz was very much like that as well. (It's a week after rebbe's 20th yahrzeit, so he's still on my mind more than usual.) While not coming across as New Agey by a long shot. But then, his alma mater, Grodno, required all talmidim belong to Mussar Ve'adim. And his favorite topics and songs (with one exception, "Tzavei yeshuos Yaaqov") were about our role in life and embracing goals.