Shana Tova

I just wanted to wish people a Happy New Year. I am not going to say anything profound, just post text from an email that was forwarded to me a few days ago. Of course, depending on your perspective, some of those lines could be considered pretty profound.

Otherwise, you can head over to the Unsealed Room to read up on the amusing circumstances of Madonna’s/Esther’s[1] visit to Israel (e.g. please, no Jewish photographers, wouldn’t want Jews to violate the High Holy Days).

1. I’d just like to add that I’m really glad she went with the English spelling so as not to upset my Google rankings. 🙂

[I got this in an email forward without information about the author. I’d be happy to post credits if anyone can point to a source.]


Let your mind be as a floating cloud. Let your stillness be as the wooded glen. And sit up straight. You’ll never meet the Buddha with posture like that.

There is no escaping karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?

Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.

To practice Zen and the art of Jewish motorcycle maintenance, do the following: get rid of the motorcycle. What were you thinking?

Be aware of your body. Be aware of your perceptions. Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness. If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

The Tao has no expectations. The Tao demands nothing of others. The Tao does not speak. The Tao does not blame. The Tao does not take sides. The Tao is not Jewish.

Drink tea and nourish life. With the first sip, joy. With the second, satisfaction. With the third, danish.

The Buddha taught that one should practice loving kindness to all sentient beings. Still, would it kill you to find a nice sentient being who happens to be Jewish?

Be patient and achieve all things. Be impatient and achieve all things faster.

To find the Buddha, look within. Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals. You might want to see a specialist.

Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?

Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis…

4 Responses to “Shana Tova”

  1. Ab_Normal Says:

    Just forwarded to a Jewish Buddhist of my acquaintance… thanks. 😀

  2. ak Says:

    I believe these are from David Bader’s “Zen Judaism : For You, A Little Enlightenment”. See also his “Haikus for Jews” and “How to Be an Extremely Reform Jew .”

  3. Luke Says:

    Great stuff. Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Leila Abu-Saba Says:

    From Berkeley/Oakland, home of Jewish Buddhism, a big Buddha belly laugh. Shana Tovah everybody.