“The Jew in the Lotus”

The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India

by Rodger Kamenetz


This book is ostensibly a true account of a meeting in Dharamsala between Jewish religious leaders and the Dalai Lama…but the book is much more. This is a fascinating tale of two worlds, Jewish and Tibetan…a profound discussion of religion, exile, and survival in our time. It is a spiritual adventure story that brings to life the mystery of connections between seemingly different gods. But this is also a poetic manifesto calling for the creative rethinking of religion and ritual. With a lovely sense of humor, this book raises questions each individual needs to answer for themselves.