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Jewish Buddhist

Origins: – Charles Strauss declared himself a Buddhist at the 1893 Parliament of the Worlds Religions – Zen’s popularity with the Beat Generation led to […]

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Origins:
– Charles Strauss declared himself a Buddhist at the 1893 Parliament of the Worlds Religions
– Zen’s popularity with the Beat Generation led to more Jews becoming involved with Buddhism in the late 1960s
– Prominent Jewish Buddhist teachers emerged, including Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
– A new generation of Jewish Buddhist teachers emerged in the early 2000s, such as author Taro Gold
– Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center played key roles in teaching vipassana meditation

Notable People:
– Alfred Bloom
– Bhikkhu Bodhi
– Sylvia Boorstein
– Tara Brach
– Thubten Chodron
– Leonard Cohen
– Surya Das
– Robert Downey Jr.
– Jonathan F.P. Rose
– Larry Rosenberg
– Sharon Salzberg
– Morrie Schwartz
– Nyanaponika Thera
– Helen Tworkov
– Adam Yauch
– Shinzen Young

See Also:
– Jews and Buddhism
– List of converts to Buddhism

References:
– “Jewish Buddhists” by Dan Cohn-Sherbok
– “5 Reasons Jews Gravitate Toward Buddhism” by Ellen Frankel
– “The Jubu in the Lotus: Why do so many Jews become Buddhist?” by Jodie Shupac
– “The Jew in the Lotus: Jewish Identity in Buddhist India” at the 1893 Worlds Parliament of Religions
– Various interviews and articles with prominent Jewish Buddhist figures

Jewish Buddhist (Wikipedia)

A Jewish Buddhist is a person with a Jewish background who believes in the tenets of a form of Buddhism.

Some practice forms of Dhyanam Buddhist meditation, chanting or spirituality. When the individual practices a particular religion, it may be both Judaism and Buddhism. However, in many cases their ethnic designation is Jewish while the individual's main religious practice is Buddhism. Rodger Kamenetz introduced the term JewBu or JUBU in his 1994 book The Jew in the Lotus.

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