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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Judentum
A revealing look at the Jewish American encounter with Buddhism
Today, many Jewish Americans are embracing a dual religious identity, practicing Buddhism while also staying connected to their Jewish roots. This book tells the story of Judaism's encounter with Buddhism in the United States, showing how it has given rise to new contemplative forms within American Judaism—and shaped the way Americans understand and practice Buddhism.
Taking readers from the nineteenth century to today, Emily Sigalow traces the history of these two traditions in America and explains how they came together. She argues that the distinctive social position of American Jews led them to their unique engagement with Buddhism, and describes how they incorporate aspects of both Judaism and Buddhism into their everyday lives. Drawing on a wealth of original in-depth interviews conducted across the nation, Sigalow explores how Jewish American Buddhists experience their dual religious identities. She reveals how Jewish Buddhists confound prevailing expectations of minority religions in America. Rather than simply adapting to the majority religion, Jews and Buddhists have borrowed and integrated elements from each other, and in doing so they have left an enduring mark on the American consciousness.
American JewBu highlights the leading role that American Jews have played in the popularization of meditation and mindfulness in the United States, and the profound impact that these two venerable traditions have had on one another.
Cambridge Zen Center, Bhikkhu, Meditation, Jewish prayer, Mysticism, Sharon Salzberg, Teacher, Hebrew school, Anagarika Munindra, Cultural Judaism, Reform Judaism, Jewish Renewal, Syncretism, Demythologization, Religion, Jewish culture, Religious community, Shabbat, Joseph Goldstein (writer), American Jews, Jack Kornfield, Antisemitism, Jewish identity, Jewish day school, Liberal Judaism (United Kingdom), Blanche Hartman, Loving-kindness, Buddhist studies, Sri Lanka, Dharma transmission, Jewish peoplehood, Mitzvah, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Newspaper, Americans, Christian monasticism, Jews, Christianity, Mentorship, Dalai Lama, Insight Meditation Society, Religious identity, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Sociology, The Jew in the Lotus, Nathan Katz (professor), Recitation, Buddhism, University of California Press, Writing, Mel Weitsman, Ram Dass, San Francisco Zen Center, Spirituality, Conservative Judaism, Theravada, Mindfulness-based stress reduction, Nishmat, Modernity, Interfaith dialogue, Wes Nisker, Surya Das, Hebrew calendar, Judaism, Buddhist meditation, Racism, Jewish meditation, Jewish studies, Rodger Kamenetz, Alan Lew, Suffering, Daniel Goleman, Buddhist philosophy, Buddhism in the United States, Participant observation, Literature, Engaged Buddhism, Jewish holidays, Buddhist modernism, New religious movement, Jewish history, Protestantism, Religious liberalism, Vipassana, Doctrine, Gentile, Secularization, Spiritual practice, Jewish Buddhist, Religious text, Mahasi Sayadaw, Rabbi, Zen master, Thubten Chodron, Buddhism in the West, Naropa, Bodhi, Synagogue, Toni Packer, Tibetan Buddhism