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Tibetan Buddhism from the Jewish point of view,
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This review is from: The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India (Plus) (Paperback)
A few years ago ten Jews of all types of observance were invited by the Dalai Lama to come to the Indian side of Tibet to explain how Jews survived several episodes of expulsion since he saw a parallel to their own expulsion from the Chinese side of Tibet. This book tells about these meetings, encounters on the way, and although it started as a more historical-political discussion, a large part of the book deals with what attracts Jews to Buddhism: a large proportion of practicing Buddhists in the US, but apparently also of non-native Buddhists in Tibet, are Jews. An amazing similarity between Jewish traditions, particularly mysticism, and Buddhism emerges. During this journey, several of the protagonists rediscover their own Jewish tradition in a new light. For anyone interested in interfaith dialogue, Judaism, Buddhism, intercultural exchange, reading this book will take you on a wonderful journey.
Both Jewish and Buddhist expressions and traditions are explained in a fairly good and detailed glossary at the end.
Nevertheless, for those completely unfamiliar with Jewish traditions, it may be more difficult a read.