Title: One God Clapping
Publisher: Kodansha, 1999,
Publication Date: 1999
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
SIGNED 1st ed., hardcover, fine in fine dj, in mylar, Judaica, blm50. Bookseller Inventory # 6949
Synopsis: “We no longer live in a global village. We live in a global apartment house and the walls are very thin.”
Alan Lew is known as the Zen Rabbi--a leader in the Jewish meditation movement and a Zen practitioner for more than thirty years. His story will take you from Brooklyn, where his grandfathers introduce him as a child to the rituals of Jewish life, to the flowering of the sixties in California where, in the company of poets, hipsters, and beats, he settles on Zen Buddhism as a spiritual path. The enhanced self-awareness he learns in Zen practice leads to a completely unexpected revelation--the depth of his attachment to being a Jew. Yet even after settling in as rabbi of the largest conservative synagogue in San Francisco, he is not at the end of his search for a spiritual home. One God Clapping is more than just a spiritual autobiography--it is a bold experiment in the integration of Eastern and Western ways of looking at the world. From Zen Buddhist practitioner to rabbi, East meets West in this firsthand account of a spiritual journey.
From Zen Buddhist practitioner to rabbi, East meets West in this firsthand
account of a spiritual journey.
Rabbi Alan Lew is known as the Zen Rabbi, a leader in the Jewish meditation movement who works to bring two ancient religious traditions into our everyday lives. One God Clappingis the story of his roundabout yet continuously provoking spiritual odyssey. It is also the story of the meeting between East and West in America, and the ways in which the encounter has transformed how all of us understand God and ourselves.
Winner of the PEN / Joseph E. Miles Award
Like a Zen parable or a Jewish folk tale, One God Clapping unfolds as a series of stories, each containing a moment of revelation or instruction that, while often unexpected, is never simple or contrived. One God Clapping, like the life of the remarkable Alan Lew himself, is a bold experiment in the integration of Eastern and Western ways of looking at and living in the world.
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