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Book Title: That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist|
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The size of the: 532 KB
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The author of the book: Sylvia Boorstein
Date of issue: January 20th 1998
ISBN 13: 9780060609580
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Reader ratings: 4.4
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I found this book an insightful resource because it is based on Boorstein's own personal experience being a practitioner of both Conservative Judaism and also Buddhism. I appreciated her insights into how Buddha is not a deity demanding worship to his image; and that during his teachings he asked that each person discover Buddhism for his or herself. This, Boorstein, explains leaves room for each person to experience Buddhist practice (i.e. meditation, mindfulness, etc.) by virtue of who they are and how they arrived to be the person they are. For example, if someone happens to suddenly experience the icons or symbols of the religion they grew up with (such as Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity, etc.) as they meditate, nothing in Buddhist teachings says 'that is "wrong"' or "unacceptable"' but rather it is actually possible, valid, and acceptable. Alternate religious practice, of course, is not necessary or required alongside Buddhist practice, but if one does also adhere to belief in another religion as they practice Buddhism, there's room for each individual's complete personal experience without feeling 'wrong', or feeling fear of being admonished, etc.
Much of this book describes Boorstein's self consciousness about being a practitioner of Buddhism while being a devout and practicing Jew, too. This is perhaps a generational or cultural trait of someone who is maybe more religious in her Judaism than others or of someone who grew up in a devout practice. Those who are feeling challenged by practicing Buddhism alongside another religion may appreciate this aspect of the book.
It was an insightful book and a good introduction to the openness possible in the Buddhist practice.
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