The Heart of the Matter
September 17, 2010
Sayings of the Jewish Buddha


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

"Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story."

"Drink tea and nourish life; with the first sip, joy; with the second sip, satisfaction; with the third sip, peace; with the fourth, a Danish."

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

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single Oy Vey."

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

"Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis."

"The Tao does not speak. The Tao does not blame. The Tao does not take sides. The Tao has no expectations. The Tao demands nothing of others. The Tao is not Jewish."

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

"Let your mind be as a floating cloud. Let your stillness be as a wooded glen. And sit up straight. You'll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders."

"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."

"Be aware of your body. Be aware of your perceptions. Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness."

"The Torah says, Love your neighbor as yourself. The Buddha says, There is no self. So, maybe we're off the hook."

Thanks to Gary Ockenden for these fun quotes. Next up? Sayings of the Unitarian Buddha.


Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at September 17, 2010 01:19 AM


As a Jewish woman I have to say..........Oy vey!
This was brilliantly funny!

Posted by: Meredithe2006 [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 16, 2010 08:23 PM

As another Jewish woman, I say that is so funny.

Posted by: lor [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 17, 2010 11:28 AM

Post a comment

Thanks for signing in, . Now you can comment. (sign out)

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

Remember me?

Welcome to Mitch Ditkoff's blog about what's really important in this life: Peace, gratitude, love, joy, clarity, and the effort required to wake up and smell the roses. Enjoy!

   Contact me