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A Jewish Buddhist (also Jubu or Buju) is a person with a Jewish ethnic or religious background who practices forms of Buddhist meditation and spirituality. The term Jubu was first brought into wide circulation with the publication of The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz. In some cases, the term can refer to individuals who practice both traditions, in other cases "Jewish" is no more than an ethnic designation, where the person's main religious practice is Buddhism. In yet other cases, a Jubu is simply a Jew with an interest in Buddhism. A large demographic of Jewish Buddhists, constituting its majority, still maintain religious practices and beliefs in Judaism coupled with Buddhist practices and perhaps beliefs.

Another large segment of the Jewish Buddhists contend that "Buddhism is their religion and Judaism is their tribe" -- Goldie Hawn.

Celebrity JuBu

Leonard Cohen (singer-song writer) Allen Ginsberg (poet, activist) Goldie Hawn (actress) Kate Hudson (actress) Robert Downey, Jr. (actor) Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys)

JuBu Theravada Buddhist teachers and authors

  • Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Sylvia Boorstein
  • Joseph Goldstein
  • Ayya Khema
  • Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.
  • Larry Rosenberg
  • Sharon Salzberg
  • David Snyder, Ph.D.
  • Diana Winston

JuBu Vajrayana - Tibetan Buddhist teachers

  • Lama Surya Das
  • Rodger Kamenetz

JuBu Zen Buddhist teachers

  • Tetsugen Bernard Glassman
  • Zoketsu Norman Fischer