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The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish by Rodger Kamenetz

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By Rodger Kamenetz

Whereas accompanying 8 high–spirited Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, India, for a old Buddhist–Jewish discussion with the Dalai Lama, poet Rodger Kamenetz involves comprehend the convergence of Buddhist and Jewish notion. alongside the way in which he encounters Ram Dass and Richard Gere, and dialogues with major rabbis and Jewish thinkers, together with Zalman Schacter, Yitz and Blue Greenberg, and a number of non secular and disaffected Jews and Jewish Buddhists. This notable trip via Tibetan Buddhism and Judaism leads Kamenetz to a renewed appreciation of his residing Jewish roots.

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Singh threaded carefully around shards of glass while we contemplated the flames and what they might mean. Another problem in translation. I realized “schoolchildren” was a mistake. Mr. ” The students of Punjab were on strike and rioting. I remembered the poster I’d seen in Delhi with its stylized yellow flames, their red tips punishing the air. THIS SPACE RESERVED FOR INDIA’S MARTYRS. 3 Roadblocks TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, CHANDIGARH—NANGAL—UNA—KANGRA—DHARAMSALA The Hotel Sunbeam in Chandigarh was being remodeled.

Tsangpo and Marc Lieberman had the brilliant idea to hire one of the leaders to get us to the back roads to Una. I felt skittish. ” Marc Lieberman paid the student leader twenty bucks. “It was a winwin situation. ” The young man hopped into the lead car and took us out via the back roads of Nangal. But we were now off the main route to Dharamsala. Soon the road petered out altogether where a bridge was under construction. We rattled across a gravelly creek bed and up the slope of the bank. On the other side two boys, no older than thirteen or fourteen, had set some boulders in the road.

At Kamenetz / 33 the checkpoint the guards had told Tsangpo it was against regulations for foreigners to travel through the Punjab. But he persuaded them to let our group spend the night at the hotel. Nathan Katz, a professor of religious studies who’d been traveling in India since 1969, had never felt more concerned. With the Sikh-Hindu conflict, the affirmative action riots, and the Hindu-Muslim conflict brewing to the north of us, India was under triple siege. But no one showed any fear. Most of the travelers were people of immense faith, even if of different kinds.

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