Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

A messianic jewish rabbi and a zen master meet in a subway. No, really.. Not only did it happen, but it was epic to say the least. This rabbi engaged me in religious conversation that halted my day for a good half hour. I was taken back by knowledge of christianity and judaism. Therefore certain elements of our chance encounter were rather refreshing. How refreshing? So much so that I didn’t even get his name ( insert joke about my ex wife here.) It was like when you bump into the person youre in love with, amd realize after the brief moment sailed..what you were gonna say vanished, and you uttered something far less stellar than what you had planned. Anyway, this rabbi and I share similar backgrounds. We were raised in the pentecostal church. This alone is enough reason for a second encounter, but the fact that he challenged my zen is a much more enticing one. Suffice it to say, in the end I told him I practiced zen to pluck up the roots of suffering in my life and to teach others to do the same. Give a man a fish, he eats for a day…teach him and he eats for life. He vowed another visit soon, and I on the behalf of the teaching am anxiously awaiting. I simply cannot make any apologies for the truth.

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