Monday, February 13, 2012



by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


(Jewish Buddhist)

G-d bless Chabad!


  1. There's a book called Letters to a Buddhist Jew, including exchanges between a Bu-Ju and an Orthodox rabbi, Akiva Tatz. It seems pretty good but I haven't read the whole thing. If I was in a position to help do outreach to a Ju-Bu I would recommend reading R' Gutman Locks books Coming Down to Earth and Taming the Raging Mind, along with The Tree that Stands Beyond Space and Compassion for Humanity in the Jewish Tradition (both by R' Dovid Sears), and perhaps Jewish Spiritual Practices and the Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov (both by R' Yitzchak Buxbaum). Some of the passages from Reb Noson of Breslov in The Tree That Stands Beyond Space really blew my mind, so to speak -- they explain among other things the importance of silent meditation in addition to spoken hitbodedut, and portray Torah and mitzvot as vehicles for achieving spiritual awareness, in a compelling way that I had not seen articulated before.

  2. To me this pictures describes exactly what being a jew is.

  3. yishai, great comment. akiva..these books and quotes from reb noson might be interesting to include in a piece about jewish alternatives to 'eastern' religions.

    btw, 'eastern' religions...that does not mean brooklyn. i'm just sayin'..


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