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Zen Buddhism and Hasidism: A Comparative Study
     

Zen Buddhism and Hasidism: A Comparative Study

by Jacob Teshima
 

In this work Jacob Yuroh Teshima juxtaposes two religions whose origins are completely different: Zen Buddhism and Hasidic Judaism. The purpose of this comparative study is not to determine which religion is superior, but rather to compare their functional equivalents. After presenting backgrounds of the two religions, Dr. Teshima examines the Zen Buddhist

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In this work Jacob Yuroh Teshima juxtaposes two religions whose origins are completely different: Zen Buddhism and Hasidic Judaism. The purpose of this comparative study is not to determine which religion is superior, but rather to compare their functional equivalents. After presenting backgrounds of the two religions, Dr. Teshima examines the Zen Buddhist practice of zazen and Hasidism's devequth, or meditation on God. He then discusses how each religion comes to terms with the major obstacle in the practice of comtemplation: distracting thoughts. Teshima compares conceptions of man offered by the two religions, making clear their fundamental differences concerning the nature of selfhood and source of fulfillment. The study concludes with an examination of how the two religions come to terms with the insecurity of life and what it is that gives life meaning and significance. Contents: Introduction to Zen Buddhism and Hasidism; Zazen and Devequth; The Problem of "Strange Thoughts"; Annihilating Selfhood and Attaining Ecstasy; The Concept of Man; Insecurity of Life: The Hasidic Approach to Exile and the Zen Approach to Birth and Death.

Editorial Reviews

Edward K. Kaplan
...a learned and sympathetic study which lucidly delineates the fundamental principles of meditation, prayer, enlightenment, and sacred anthropology in these diverse cultural and spiritual traditions...Valuable for both beginners and specialists, the book is a major scholarly contribution and can also serve as a guide to seekers of faith and self-understanding.
Nathan Katz
Teshima has not only continued the growing dialogue between Buddhism and Judaism, but has carried it to a new level of sophistication.
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies - Steven Heine
...the main thrust of the book is innovative and insightful, and it should pave the way for future studies that focus on more specific topics of comparison.
Shofar
"Teshima has not only continued the growing dialogue between Buddhism and Judaism, but has carried it to a new level of sophistication."
Nathan Katz
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies
...the main thrust of the book is innovative and insightful, and it should pave the way for future studies that focus on more specific topics of comparison.
— Steven Heine, Florida International University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761800033
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
08/29/1995
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.64(d)

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Nathan Katz
"Dr. Teshima has delved deeply into Judaic mysticism... His comparisons are nuanced and subtle, and the result is by far the best comparative study to date of the two traditions."
Nathan Katz
Edward K. Kaplan
"...a learned and sympathetic study which lucidly delineates the fundamental principles of meditation, prayer, enlightenment, and sacred anthropology in these diverse cultural and spiritual traditions...Valuable for both beginners and specialists, the book is a major scholarly contribution and can also serve as a guide to seekers of faith and self-understanding."
Edward K. Kaplan

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