The JewBu Bubbe

In the mid-1970s, Sylvia Boorstein, author of That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and Passionate Buddhist, was a practicing psychotherapist, wife, and mother of four children. Her life was excellent, and yet she wasn’t at peace. In fact, the more abundant her blessings, the more frightened she became that something, sooner or later, would happen to take them away. Her husband. Seymour, a psychiatrist, believed that spiritual paths should have answers to such dilemmas, and he became the family’s “advance spiritual scout.” After attending a two-week Buddhist meditation retreat, he suggested that Sylvia try it.

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