A Jewish Mother in Shangri-La

A Jewish Mother in Shangri-La

by Rosie Rosenzweig, Rosie Rosenzeig
     
 

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An old joke tells of a Jewish woman who treks to the Himalayas to seek an audience with a guru sitting in seclusion on a mountaintop. When at last she comes before him, she implores: "Sheldon, come home!" Rosie Rosenzweig became that Jewish mother—but in real life, the story has a different ending. Instead of asking her Buddhist son, Ben, to

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An old joke tells of a Jewish woman who treks to the Himalayas to seek an audience with a guru sitting in seclusion on a mountaintop. When at last she comes before him, she implores: "Sheldon, come home!" Rosie Rosenzweig became that Jewish mother—but in real life, the story has a different ending. Instead of asking her Buddhist son, Ben, to come home, Rosie accepts his invitation to find out about Buddhism firsthand. Together they visit retreat centers in Europe and Asia and meet leading meditation masters who are Ben's gurus: Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and Tibetan lamas Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. While struggling to come to terms with Ben's choice of a spiritual path so different from everything that she cherishes, Rosie finds that she is learning more about herself than she anticipated. The adventures of Rosie recounts take her from her Boston suburb to a Zen hermitage in France, an enclave of Tibetan Buddhists in Nepal, and finally to her own spiritual home in Jerusalem. Whether she is practicing mindfulness meditation, sharing a cup of tea with a Zen master, or worrying about bowing down to idols, Rosie is intent in her quest to find common ground between two ancient traditions, to deepen her understanding of her son, and to find a way to her own authentic experience of truth. Hers is a mission of peace that seeks to build a bridge of understanding between cultures and faiths while remaining true to her own Jewish identity.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
In her portrait of the different religious paths of a mother and her son, Rosenzweig (The Jewish Guide to Boston and New England, Jewish Advocate, 1995) explains family conflicts and turmoil with honesty and personal insight. A faithful Jew, Rosenzweig seeks to reconcile her difference with her son, Ben, a devout Buddhist, by going with him to visit Buddhist gurus in France and Nepal, attending conferences, and meditating in the Israeli desert. Rosenzweig writes about Jewish and Buddhist mystical practices of concentration and meditation and each faith's concept of "nothingness." As a result of her exploration, Rosenzweig finds a framework for her life and the freedom lovingly to support her son's choices. This eclectic, personal work is recommended for New Age collections.--Gene Shaw, NYPL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570623530
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/08/1998
Pages:
173
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Rosie Rosenzweig is a poet, journalist, Jewish educator, and the author of The Jewish Guide to Boston and New England. The mother of three grown children, she lives with her psychotherapist-husband in Wayland, Massachusetts.

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