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What about the Buddhist community? What kind of reaction do you get from Buddhists who know that you have a Zen practice while maintaining your Jewish practice?
Most Zen practitioners that I know, of course, do not engage in Jewish practice. Some are interested in what it is and would love to know more about it, others feel threatened by it and don’t want to hear about it at all. Many of these individuals have left their religions of origin and gone to Zen as a reaction to negative experiences in their religion of origin. There then can be a complete rejection of anything doing with the Judea-Christian point of view. However, there are also individuals who are practicing Zen and who miss certain aspects of their religion of origin and feel the desire for it and wish to learn more. Believe it or not, so far, those who have responded with the greatest interest, enthusiasm and real eagerness for this work are the Jesuits. Since the book has been published I suddenly have many wonderful Jesuit Priests in my life, who are actively working with the book and feel a great synchronicity.
Can people who were not raised Jewish use your book? If so, how?
This book, and the practice of Zen and Judaism is truly for everyone, Jews, non-Jews, Zen students and all engaged in other practices who desire to expand their wisdom or enrich their lives. The work offers keys to understanding the primal questions we struggle with each day, such as loneliness, cravings, relationships, confusion, conflict, marriage, and ways of healing suffering. It will speak to all individuals who are seeking understanding and meaning and wish to live a life grounded in authentic faith.