Thebest books on Zen and Judaism

Brenda Shoshanna Author Of Jewish Dharma: A Guide to the Practice of Judaism and Zen
By Brenda Shoshanna

The Books I Picked & Why

The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India

By Rodger Kamenetz

The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India

Why this book?

While on a trip to Dharamsala, India, for a Buddhist–Jewish dialogue with the Dalai Lama, the author, Rodger Kamenetz, comes to understand the incredible connection between Buddhist and Jewish thought. Along the way he encounters many Jews who have become distanced from their roots and tradition, seeking meaning in other practices. Through the author’s amazing journey into Tibetan Buddhism, he is finally able to come to an appreciation of the power and beauty of his own Jewish practice and roots.


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Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life: Awakening Your Heart, Connecting with God

By Rabbi Jeff Roth

Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life: Awakening Your Heart, Connecting with God

Why this book?

This approach to meditation includes the wisdom of Buddhism and Judaism as a way to learn from life experience. By combining these two traditions, Rabbi Roth presents a model that allows westerners―both Jews and non-Jews―to embrace timeless Eastern teachings and integrate them with Jewish practice as well.


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One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi

By Alan Lew, Sherril Jaffe

One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi

Why this book?

Like a Zen koan or a Jewish folk tale, One God Clapping presents a series of stories, each containing a moment of revelation that is never simple or contrived. This book is a bold experiment in the integration of Eastern and Western ways of looking at and living in the world.


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Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life

By Alan Lew

Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life

Why this book?

Combining the teachings of Zen and Judaism Rabbi Lew creates a wonderful balance between stillness and activity. The book includes both Buddhist and Jewish teachings and addresses the pain and psychological issues we grapple with daily.


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Zen Judaism

By Avi Sion

Zen Judaism

Why this book?

Zen Judaism is a frank reflection on the tensions between reason and faith in today’s context of knowledge. This book includes logic, ethics, philosophy, phenomenology and the need to inject Zen-like meditation into Judaism.


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