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  • Graceleejenkins
    • Feb 2011
    • 434

    Zen Judaism

    Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?

    Couldn't resist this from "Zen Judaism: For You a Little Enlightenment" by David M. Bader (Harmony Books, 2002). Gassho, Grace.
    Sat today and 10 more in honor of Treeleaf's 10th Anniversary!
  • Dojin
    • May 2008
    • 562

    Re: Zen Judaism

    JUBU's crack me up
    I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment
    - the Buddha


    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39441

      Re: Zen Judaism

      Some of the other little gems that have been floating around the internet for a long time are these. Need to be said with the right 'slightly complaining just enough to make the listener feel guilty' tone of voice, but I have been told by Italian, Cuban, German, Irish and many other "ethic" friends ... they work just as well for many of us (and our mothers!). Substitute the Yiddish words for any local dialect.

      I will add one of my own. "What is the Jewish sound of 'one hand clapping'?"

      Punchline: Slap forehead with right hand and let out a slow "Oyeeeeee!"


      If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

      Drink tea and nourish life. With the first sip, joy. With the second, satisfaction. With the third, peace. With the fourth, a Danish.

      Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.

      Accept misfortune as a blessing. Do not wish for perfect health or a life without problems. What would you talk about?

      The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single “oye.”

      There is no escaping karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?

      Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkes (Yiddish word for 'nothing but nothing').

      The Tao does not speak. The Tao does not blame. The Tao does not take sides. The Tao demands nothing of others. The Tao is not Jewish.

      Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

      Let your mind be as a floating cloud. Let your stillness be as the wooded glen. And sit up straight. You’ll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.

      Be patient and achieve all things. Be impatient and achieve all things faster.

      To Find the Buddha, look within. Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals. You might want to see a specialist.

      To practice Zen and the art of Jewish motorcycle maintenance, do the following: get rid of the motorcycle. What were you thinking?

      Be aware of your body. Be aware of your perceptions. Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness.

      The Torah says,”Love thy neighbor as thyself.” The Buddha says there is no “self.” So, maybe you are off the hook.

      The Buddha taught that one should practice loving kindness to all sentient beings. Still, would it kill you to find a nice sentient being who happens to be Jewish?

      Though only your skin, sinews, and bones remain, though your blood and flesh dry up and wither away, yet shall you meditate and not stir until you have attained full Enlightenment. But, first, a little nosh (Yiddish word for 'snack').


      • Rimon
        • May 2010
        • 309

        Re: Zen Judaism

        Fun! And helps to avoid taking zen and our practice too seriously.

        Time for a nosh. Read you guys

        Rimon Barcelona, Spain
        "Practice and the goal of practice are identical." [i:auj57aui]John Daido Loori[/i:auj57aui]


        • JohnsonCM
          • Jan 2010
          • 549

          Re: Zen Judaism

          It would be easy to follow the Precept against speaking ill of others if it weren't for my daughter's jadrool boyfriend.........

          -Famous Italian Zen Buddhist quote.
          Sat today


          • Hoyu
            • Nov 2010
            • 2020

            Re: Zen Judaism

            Originally posted by chugai
            Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems. -- perfect.
            Agreed! A lot of these are not only funny but have substance to them as well! Thanks for the laughs Jundo Sensei _/_
            Ho (Dharma)
            Yu (Hot Water)