By Brenda Shoshanna Ph.D. Ph.D.
Books just like the Jew within the Lotus have helped to outline the intersection of Jewish and Zen event and customized. Now, within the first consultant to the perform of either Judaism and Zen, Dr. Brenda Shoshanna, a long-time practitioner and pupil of either, stocks her insights with over a million those who establish as “JuBus,” in addition to Jews, Zen scholars, non-Jews, and everybody within the interfaith group who seeks knowing, which means, and a lifestyles grounded in those actual faiths. each one bankruptcy of Jewish Dharma specializes in universal matters that introduce illness to our lives, utilizing own narrative, parables, quotations from either Jewish and Zen scriptures, anecdotes, and workouts. particular guidance and workouts support readers combine either practices into their daily lives-and thereby achieve deeper knowing and happiness.
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I didn’t have to say a word out loud. He could hear everything everyone was thinking, even the thoughts they had not yet had. Looking deep into those ancient pages of Talmud, the whole world was spread out before him clearly—both the world within and the world outside. “Forgive me please, Reb Bershky, but I want to fly the whole world over. ” There was pain on his face when I said that. Such a thing could not be imagined. He sat up tall then, a huge tree unfolding, and said, “When we sit in one place, quietly learning, God holds us tightly in his arms.
The main goal of Torah is to make a home for God in this world. The Lubavitch Rebbe, the head of the Chabad Hasidim who brought Judaism to Jews all over the world, said, “Torah is not on the mountains or far away. ” You follow the teachings about when to pay your workers, what blessings to say, how to safeguard your roof, how to treat your family, what the best time for lovemaking is. This is not to take away freedom, but to put you into contact with that which is highest and best for all. In Torah there is no separation between the divine and the reality of everyday life.
The highest way to study Torah is lishmah, for its own sake, for the privilege of being connected to God. Intention is vital. It’s important to make a blessing before you start to study, indicating that you are now fulfilling the mitzvah of Torah study. • 45 • 1600940439_shoshanna 6/10/08 3:44 PM Page 46 Jewish Dharma Koan Practice: What Is It? Life presents endless conflicts, contradictions, and paradoxes, which we usually try to solve logically, analytically. Rarely do we succeed. Koan practice is a way of breaking through paradox and confusion and finding a new kind of understanding and a way to respond.