The Southern Palm Zen Group will host Dr. Brenda Shoshanna on February 7 and 8.
Her latest book is Jewish Dharma . It has been widely acclaimed. She is an excellent teacher with Orthodox roots and 35 years of Zen training.
Endorsement and Review from Rodger Kamenetz (Author Jew In The Lotus), August 15, 2008 "The living encounter between Jewish and Buddhist practice has been unfolding over the past three decades, in the lives of many individuals as Buddhism comes to the West. While Brenda Shoshanna's book appears at first to be a practical manual seeking to compare and integrate two very different traditions, Zen Buddhism and Judaism, at another level it tells the story of a woman's coming to germs with the deepest part of each tradition, with a full awareness of the opportunities and contradictions involved. Her personal anecdotes of a childhood in an Orthodox enclave in Brooklyn and of her encounters with Japanese Zen teachers are captivating. They ground this book in the life of an admirable and honest narrator, one who has worked her way through seeming contradictions to peace. Brenda Shoshanna has found a constructive way to integrate both traditions, for instance by using meditative practices to prepare for Jewish observances. She is creating a unique path. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a foot in more than one world."
Anyone interested in the retreat can contact Jane Faysash (email@example.com)
Mitchell Doshin Cantor, Sensei