As I wake to the sound of silence around me, I am reminded that this is yet another day to try to move towards my own enlightenment. A born Jew but a practicing Buddhist, it is important that each day I recognize the suffering inherent in the human race, understand that I may cause or add to such and work towards my own recognition and awakening. This may sound inherently simple but it is truly one of the most difficult journeys we are on; how do we become "Buddha" when we are faced with unending conflict and pain especially for women across the globe? My women friends in Saudi Arabia cheer the simple fact that they may vote or drive when this has been a right of men for years. My female friends in Palestine and Israel try to engage across walls that are built of concrete and centuries of hate and anger. My strong African sisters fight the gendercide that occurs time and again in conflict ridden areas and dream of a world that will allow their own daughters to truly feel free. We, as women, must recognize that we are only as strong as the sister who stands shoulder to shoulder with us; we can only find change in the beautiful faces and clear eyes of one another. The Buddha sat under the bodhi tree refusing to move until he found the answer to the question he sought; we must hold one another and refuse to let go until we find the world we dream of. The Buddha saw that each of us could find enlightenment once we recognized our own suffering and the causes for it; we must look at each other and recognize that we are one. I am woman, like you and together we are women of strength.

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Its a pleasant surprise to know of your religious beliefs. Among the 3 most popular chants is 'sangham sharanam gachhami'. Sangha, even if taken out of the Buddhist concept, means group, organization,coming together etc. By sticking together, as one voice, we sure can find so much strength and achieve much as well!

VOF or not, I am not going to stop seeing you as a friend and a winner. Here's to a lovely future ahead!

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I am also born Jewish, and now practice Buddhism. I was first attracted to it in high school because it was both practical and loving.

One thing I think about often is a balance between seeking to connect with the spiritual through yoga and meditation, sending love in this way to the world, and getting out there and doing something. Of course, we can do both. But it does seem that traditional Buddhism speaks more to the first option as a whole.

Sometimes, activism takes so much out of you that it is hard to stay centered, and therefore, personal spiritual seeking and activism may be at odds, sometimes.

Just wondering about your thoughts...

Yes I agree with you - I came to Buddhism when I was diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago and found that I needed a real way to deal with my anger and pain. Since I changed my thought process I have found that I am always prepared when stressed - I take a breath and remind myself to remain focused on the moment at hand and not to allow outside thoughts to invade. This has literally and physically saved my life.

I wonder why so many Jews are moving to Buddhist practice especially here in NY - for me I have found that Judaism has become so focused on money and has lost so much of its spirituality.

Ellen Rosner Feig Assistant Professor, Composition and Literature Carl Wilkens Fellow, Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur

Without unity, women will never move into the place that is rightfully their own. By speaking our truths and standing up for those who are unable, the move towards equality begins.. Peace and blessings!

Bryne Atkinson


Congratulations on an impressive piece - I was delighted to read about a description that took me all around the world. At the same time, I would have loved to see something about your ideas for WorldPulse, and the VOC program.

Keep up the great work!

Gaurav Nakhare | WP Listener