Endorsements and Reviews for Jewish Dharma
"The living encounter between Jewish and Buddhist practice has been unfolding over the past three decades, in the lives of many individuals, as Buddhism comes to the West. While Brenda Shoshanna's book appears at first to be a practical manual seeking to compare and integrate two very different traditions, Zen Buddhism and Judiasm, at another level it tells the story of a woman's coming to terms with the deepest part of each tradition, with a full awareness of the opportunities and contradictions involved. Her personal anecdotes of a childhood in an Orthodox enclave in Brooklyn and of her encounters with Japanese Zen teachers are captivating. They ground this book in the life of an admirable and honest narrator, one who has worked her way through seeming contradictions to peace. Brenda Shoshanna has found a constructive way to integrate both traditions, for instance by using meditative practices to preprare for Jewish observances. She is creating a unique path. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a foot in more than one world."
Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus and The History of Last Night's Dream.
'"With wisdom, humor, depth and dedication, Dr. Brenda Shoshanna guides us into the heart of Jewish and Zen practice, which enrich one another in ways that will enhance your practice of both or either. A must read for anyone who wishes to explore Zen meditation and Jewish life."
Rabbi Marcia Prager, Rabbi, P'nai Or, Philadelphia, author of The Path of Blessings, dean Aleph Ordination.
"I am sure Jewish Dharma will be an important contribution to the better understanding of the two traditions and common connections at a deeper spiritual level."
Tashi Wangdi, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas
"Dr. Brenda Shoshanna flies on two wings: A deep love of orthodox Jewish faith and her Zen practice of 36 years. Her vision embraces both traditions with fidelity and beauty."
Robert Kennedy, S.J. Roshi, Jesuit priest and author of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit.
"Like so many Jewish Buddhists from Brooklyn, including myself, Brenda Shoshanna strives to be both a mensch and a Bodhisattva. Her torah as well as her Dharma, wisdom mind, shine through in this delightful and interesting, psychologically astute, and practical new book. Anyone interested in finding deeper understanding and meaningful purpose in life will be rewarded by reading any one of these pages."
Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and founder of Dzogchen Meditation Centers
"Jewish Dharma uniquely captures the dynamic complementarities that exist betwen the Buddhist and Jewish worlds. Dr. Shoshanna's adamant refusal to give up the riches of one tradition in order to embrace the treasures of another, serves to deepen the power of both Jewish and Buddhist practice. She keeps her Jewish passion while opening to the spaciousness of Zen. Jewish Dharma is a reminder of how blessed we are to live in a time when ancient traditions can cross-fertilize and enrich each other for the benefit of all."
Rabbi Shefa Gold, Internationall known teacher in Jewish Renewal, Author, Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land.
"Jewish Dharma is a magnificent exploration of the heart of both Judaism and Zen. Beautifully written, it brings two worlds together in a way that shines light on both. This book will bring wisdom and unity to people of all religions and paths. I cannot recommend the book highly enough."
Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, pioneer of the Interfaith Movement in the U.S. and founder of The All Faiths Seminary
"Do you want to find a quiet, serene center in the midst of a Jewish life? This rewarding book is a must read for Jews who want to enrich their spiritual practice through Zen meditation. Dr. Shoshanna highlights the similarities and complementary differences in approaches of these two great spiritual traditions in a way that is clear and easy to put into practice in daily life."
Venerable Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, founder of Sravasti Abbey, Buddhist teacher, author of Buddhism for Beginners and Working with Anger
"This is a profound work of great importance to both the merely curious as wee as the serious spiritual seeker. Brenda Shoshanna has a deep understanding of two important spiritual traditions. This book is a wonderful bridge - merging and magnifying the best of Judaism and Zen in a coherent and accessible format. Brenda! You have done us all a great service."
Lewis Harrison, Author of The Mystic Teachings of the Taoist Masters and Directgor of the Harrison Center for Self Actualization.
"Dr Brenda Shoshanna gently and clearly teaches the core messages of both Judaism and Zen Buddhism and shows how compatible and complementary these practices are. Jewish Dharma is an important book because it focuses on the truths of these two major streams of spiritual and ethical living. It is a must read for all of us who are following a spiritual path."
The Rabbi Roger Ross, executive director, Rabbinical Seminary International