Thoughts of a Jewish Buddhist

Golden Hawn, the American comedy star, has recently described herself as “a Jewish Buddhist”. Funnily enough, not long ago I was sent some spiritual thoughts by a Jewish Buddhist, which went as follows:

If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

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

Accept misfortune as a blessing. Do not wish for perfect health, or a life without problems. What would you talk about?

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

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

     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.

The Torah says, Love your neighbour as yourself. The Buddha says, There is no self. So, maybe we’re off the hook!

One thing the Jews can bestow on Buddhism: that great Woody Allen sense of humour! ENDS