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“From my conversations with many of these Buddhist leaders, they have spoken openly about how their commitments to social justice are shaped by their Jewish upbringings.”
Emily Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 2019.

As mentioned in a 2017 review of The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews (2010) by Boston College’s Robert Aleksander Maryks, I am especially fascinated by aspects of Jewish group behavior that involve crypsis, a phenomenon that is often facilitated by a combination of deception and self-deception on the part of Jews. To date, the most forthright and convincing theoretical framework for understanding cryptic forms of Judaism is found in Kevin MacDonald’s groundbreaking Separation and Its Discontents: Toward and Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism. A substantial portion of the fourth chapter of the text (1998/2004: 121–132) is devoted to ‘Reactive Racism in the Period of the Iberian Inquisitions.’ Here MacDonald puts forth the view that the blood purity struggles of the Spanish Inquisition during the 15th and 16th centuries should be seen as “an authoritarian, collectivist, and exclusionary movement that resulted from resource and reproductive competition with Jews, and particularly crypto-Jews posing as Christians.” The historical context lies predominantly in the forced conversion of Jews in Spain in 1391, after which these ‘New Christians’ or conversos assumed (or indeed retained) a dominance in the areas of law, finance, diplomacy, public administration, and a wide range of economic activities. MacDonald argues that despite superficial religious conversions, the New Christians “must be considered a historical Jewish group” that acted in such a way as to continue the advance of its ethnic interests. An integral aspect of this was that Wealthy New Christians purchased and endowed ecclesiastical benefices for their children, with the result that many prelates were of Jewish descent.” Much of MacDonald’s theoretical framework is borne out in Maryks’s text, which convincingly demonstrates that ethnically Jewish involvement in the early Society of Jesus followed the same pattern of ethnic nepotism and religious insincerity.

Jewish crypsis in Christianity never really ceased, and the story of Jewish involvement in Vatican II, and even the contemporary activities of even minor figures like Jewish Church of England minister Giles Fraser, has deservedly been the source of much discussion in our circles. For the last couple of years, however, I’ve been intrigued by the idea that multiculturalism would present Jews with a proliferation of identities through which the cryptic pursuit of Jewish interests could be pursued, and non-Christian religious identities, other than Judaism itself, are no exception. Then, beginning with my chance discovery of a series of “anti-racist” “Whiteness seminars” offered by a series of American Buddhist organizations, and especially my investigation of the background of Buddhists for Racial Justice (BRJ), I began to unravel precisely what I had previously only theorized — a massive Jewish presence in a non-Christian religion which had been adapted to serve Jewish interests via crypsis. My investigations would providentially coincide with the November 2019 publication, by Princeton University Press, of Emily Sigalow’s American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change. The remarkable findings of Sigalow’s text, together with some of my own observations, are presented in the following essay.

The Jew in the Lotus

If I told you I’d been reading the teachings of Ram Dass, Puma Chodron, Krishna Das, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Surya Das, Zen Master Bon Seong, Thubten Chodron, and Zen Master Wu Kwang, it would probably bring to mind images of bald Tibetans, bearded Hindus, and inscrutable East Asians. Your mind would drift to exotic destinations, and dimly lit temples, far from the hustle and bustle of the American city. Such is the magic of names, and changing one’s name really can be a form of intellectual and social sleight of hand. Just ask the real individuals behind these names — Richard Alpert, Deirdre Blomfield-Brown, Jeffrey Kagel, Jeffrey Block, Jeffrey Miller, Jeff Kitzes, Cheryl Greene, and Richard Shrobe — urban leftist Jews who reinvented themselves as the founders and leading sages of American Buddhism. These figures are just part of a story that began when, in Chicago in 1893, Charles T. Strauss, a Jewish hat maker, became the first non-Asian person in the United States to convert to Buddhism. Today, it is conservatively estimated that around 30 percent of non-Asian Buddhists in America are ethnically Jewish, and many of these are in leadership positions over the remaining 70%, composed mainly of Americans of European descent.[1]Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.

Despite a small number of early converts like Strauss, the Jewish movement into Buddhism took on significance for the first time in the late 1950s, when it gained popularity in countercultural leftism. The influx began some time around the advent of the Beats, where one of the pioneering figures was the (non-Jewish) poet Gary Snyder. Snyder, whose later writings on nature I greatly admire, had worked a series of jobs in forestry and had a deep passion for ecology and the environment, factors that drew him to some of the Far East’s traditional attitudes toward nature, especially those of Zen Buddhism. It was Snyder who introduced Zen Buddhism to Jack Kerouac (who would later immortalize the encounter in his 1958 novel The Dharma Bums) and to Allen Ginsberg. Snyder’s Zen Buddhism was spartan, intellectual, and accompanied by a conviction that man needed to return to nature, facets that Kerouac and Ginsberg found intolerable. Both Kerouac and Ginsberg, however, spun off in different directions, finding forms of Buddhism they found more amenable to their personality types. For the degenerate homosexual Ginsberg, he found what he was looking for in Chögyam Trungpa, an alcoholic and sexually licentious Tibetan monk whose doctrine of “Crazy Wisdom” promoted “flamboyant disregard for conventional behavior.” This style of Buddhism, later laced with LSD culture, would later proliferate in the leftist counterculture.

By the 1960s, strands of Buddhism perceived as permissive, or at least morally non-judgmental, were becoming increasingly popular on the countercultural Left, where the disruption of conventional behavior was the established modus operandi. Jews, disproportionately represented in this area of socio-political life, began to drift to Buddhism in significant numbers. The reasons for this drift have been debated in scholarship and media for decades (e.g. see here, here, and here). The most prominent of suggested reasons is that these Jewish converts are dissatisfied or unfulfilled with the spiritual aspects of Judaism but are resolutely hostile towards, or suspicious of, Christianity, which is seen by many Jews as the fons et origo of anti-Semitism. Sigalow, for example, quotes one young female American “JewBu” as saying, “Christianity in particular just gives me the heebie-jeebies.”[2]Ibid., 159.
(Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.)
Another, in his late 60s, told Sigalow:

It’s hard for me to sit in a Buddhist meditation group in a Unitarian Universalist church. … Even though I appreciate it, and its philosophy is that all religions are fundamentally at some level the same, the word ‘church’ has been contaminated for me [from my Jewish upbringing].[3]Ibid.
(Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.)

There’s a grain of truth in such interpretations. As will be demonstrated below, many of these Jews clearly, on some level, find the religious forms of Judaism insufficient, even if they obviously prize their Jewishness in other ways. There’s also a lot of truth in the idea that Jews are likely to be extremely averse to conversion to Christianity, a stance derived primarily from very anti-Christian self-understandings in Judaism which posit Christianity as pathological and negatively obsessed with Jews. It really goes without saying that whereas all religions look negatively on apostasy, Jewish to Christian conversion ranks as especially noxious among Jews, with simple atheism likely to be held in much higher regard within the group. But these are really only “push” factors that don’t really explore the pull of Buddhism. Here I posit the lack of doctrine and dogma in certain strands of Buddhism, and a lack of pressure to express certain beliefs, a fact which has enabled Jews to superficially adopt an entirely new religious and cultural identity without compromising ethnic relationships or even some of the fundamental principles of Judaism. Allen Ginsberg, for example, was not the last individual to describe himself as “both a Jew and a Buddhist.”[4]Ibid., 59.
(Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.)
Crucially, Buddhism in 1950s and 1960s America was something very new; it could be steered, shaped, and directed in its infancy. Jews thus had a chance to fashion a new religion in their image. Indeed, one of the most remarkable aspects of Sigalow’s work is not just that it demonstrates how little Jews adapted to Buddhism, but how much they adapted it to their own identity.

Jewish Buddhist Activism

Sigalow remarks that not only have Jews “emerged as prominent teachers and leaders,”[5]Ibid., 57.
(Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.)
in Zen, Insight Meditation, and Tibetan Buddhism, but that they have uniquely imbued American Buddhism with an “activist ethic”[6]Ibid., 58.
(Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.)
that it has lacked elsewhere and at any time previous. Writing in The Tablet, Michelle Goldberg concedes that American Buddhism is a essentially Jewish creation that is “unlike anything seen in traditional Buddhism.” It’s interesting that non-Jewish contemporary Buddhists have noted, and argued against, a strong tendency towards “social justice” in American Buddhism. Brad Warner, a White Buddhist who trained in a Zen monastery in Japan, has observed in a number of blogs and YouTube videos (e.g. see here, here, and here) that whereas traditional Buddhism has insisted that there is no hierarchy in suffering (all people suffer, all races suffer, and none more so than others), modern American Buddhism is obsessed with liberal-left politics, social justice activism, and a negative preoccupation with White demography. Warner has also pointed out that while Buddhism encourages a focus on the present, and a letting go of the past, modern American Buddhism is bogged down in discussions of putative historical racial injustices that include trips to Auschwitz posturing as Zen meditation retreats to reflect on how we “should seek and welcome diversity.” Predictably, Warner has since been accused of being a Trump supporter (which he most definitely is not) and a neo-Nazi (which he most definitely is not).

The reason for the discrepancy between Warner’s Buddhism and that of most American Buddhists is that Warner was trained by spartan Japanese Buddhists and not, as is the case for most American Buddhists, by Jewish intellectual activists. Sigalow writes that many of the ethnically Jewish leaders and teachers of American Buddhism possessed “deep relationships with Judaism” and “brought ideas and concepts drawn from Judaism into Buddhism.”[7]Ibid.
(Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.)
Jews have been able to direct American Buddhism because they accumulated rapidly in its ranks during its first popularization in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and Jewish ethnic cliques were subsequently behind the foundation of most of the organizational structure of American Buddhism thereafter. Founded in 1975, the Insight Meditation Society, supposedly rooted in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism, is one of the largest independent centers for the study of Buddhism in America. Its founders were Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Joseph Goldstein. Shambhala Publications, the foremost publishing house for American Buddhism, was founded by Samuel Bercholz.

“Buddhist” Gurus: Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein
“Buddhist” Gurus: Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein

Another highly influential group, the Zen Community of New York, now known as Zen Peacemakers, was established in 1980 by Bernard Glassman. Glassman’s group is the most prominent proponent of Auschwitz tours for American Buddhists, and his website description of these ventures is quite something:

We’ll once again feel the razor wire fences of imprisonment, gather in barracks that once squeezed humans tighter than cattle, and pray by those deep rectangles in the ground that killed people because they were different on account of religion, country, ethnicity, and sexual preference. Or just because. Because we continue to have scapegoats, someone to blame, rather than accept the complex responsibility of living fully as human beings. … In Poland it is illegal to talk of Polish complicity in the murder of Jews in Poland. Democracy and diversity have become dirty words. Sectarianism and bigotry have reared their ugly heads, stoking fear of immigrants, refugees, poor families, and ethnic and religious minorities. … Today we witness the intersectionality of discrimination — individuals and groups are marginalized for being of a certain color, and of certain sexual orientation, and of certain class, and of certain religion, in complex and overlapping ways … What does diversity mean to you? Are we all in this together, or are a privileged few inside and everyone else out? Who is included, and who is excluded? Now more than ever it is crucial to bear witness to the results of xenophobia and bigotry. The 2020 retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau will not only bear witness to the killing and torture of Jews, Gypsies, Gays, and Polish intellectuals and journalists, to a time when a non-Aryan life was deemed a worthless life. … We seek and welcome this diversity especially now, … How do we build bridges and alliances instead of walls?

If this description strikes you as utterly devoid of Buddhist content—stripped bare of even the slightest relationship to the austere, reflective Zen of the Far East and something that could have been written by an ADL operative, you aren’t alone. But this is, after all, the new “American Buddhism,” and it has an overwhelmingly Hebrew flavor. After all, California’s Spirit Rock Meditation Center was also founded by Jack Kornfield, with the assistance of fellow “Buddhist” Sylvia Boorstein. Today its key teaching staff include leading American “Buddhists” like Howard Cohn, Will Kabat-Zinn, Wes Nisker, and Donald Rothberg. Most, if not all, of the country’s largest Zen Buddhist and meditation centers, including Empty Gate Zen Center (Jeff Kitzes), the Nashville Mindfulness Center (Skip Ewing), Chogye International Zen Center (Richard Shrobe), and San Francisco Zen Center (David Zimmerman), are directed by Jews, while Jews continue to dominate most mass-appeal aspects of modern American Buddhism, especially its literary scene. All of this is a mere reflection of the Jewish takeover of early American Buddhism in the 1960s, a massive presence that prompted Chogyam Trungpa, Ginsberg’s guru, to remark in astonishment at the number of Jews among his students that they would start the “oy vey school of Buddhism.”

Analyzing the “JewBu” phenomenon from the perspective of crypsis, it is extremely interesting that there is a high level of ethnic cohesion and cooperation among Jewish converts to Buddhism. The vast majority of these individuals worked alongside each other to create the infrastructure of American Buddhism, and also married Jews. Many continued to espouse Jewish, or quasi-Jewish religious identities. Glassman, for example, employed “rabbinical tales in his dharma teachings,” as well as leading his “Buddhist retreats” to Auschwitz.[8]Ibid., 76.
(Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.)
Gary Laderman, meanwhile, has commented that Sylvia Boorstein “describes herself both as a faithful Jew and a practicing Buddhist. … Her books have focussed on synthesising Buddhism, Judaism, and psychotherapy.”[9]G. Laderman, Religion and American Cultures: Tradition, Diversity, and Popular Expression: 2nd Edition (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO), 57. Sigalow remarks that Goldstein and Kornfield were “exceedingly creative and innovative in their teachings,”[10]Sigalow, 76. which is elsewhere explained as meaning that they ultimately “reconfigured Buddhism”[11]Ibid., 78.
(Sigalow, 76.)
to suit their own pre-existing cultural, religious, and political tastes. It’s been argued that Jews engaged in a “doctrinal reorganization”[12]Ibid., 69.
(Sigalow, 76.)
of Buddhism which essentially involved removing elements that made Buddhism particularistic, monarchical, patriarchal, or spiritually troubling to Judaism. For example, Sigalow comments that Jewish teachers have basically “muted” any “dogmatic, doctrinal, and mythological elements of Buddhism,” and cycles of reincarnation are “virtually absent in the teachings of Jewish Buddhist teachers.” Rather than embracing Buddhism, these Jews have in fact “largely abandoned” key doctrines seen as “integral” to Tibetan Buddhism.[13]Ibid.
(Sigalow, 76.)

Of equal interest to the aspects removed from Buddhism by Jewish converts are those elements that Jewish converts have added to it. Sigalow points out that Jews have imbued Buddhism with “psychological and psychotherapeutic qualities” that were previously unheard of, while Michelle Goldberg claims that Jews have been behind the “psychologization of Buddhism.” This has manifested in an unusual emphasis in JewBu teachings on “tolerance” or “loving-kindness.”[14]Ibid., 70-71.
(Sigalow, 76.)
Sigalow adds that the most profound Jewish influence was that

beginning in the 1960s, a new movement within Buddhism emerged that focussed on applying Buddhist insights to social issues confronting contemporary society. … From my conversations with many of these Buddhist leaders, they have spoken openly about how their commitments to social justice are shaped by their Jewish upbringings.[15]Ibid., 73 & 76.
(Sigalow, 76.)

These latter changes are particularly interesting because what we essentially witness is the redefinition of a religion that Jews co-opted, and the promotion by Jewish Buddhist conversos of a new quasi-Buddhism to White converts—Sigalow points out that Jews are almost entirely absent from Asian Buddhist communities—that involves intensive self-reflection, critical pseudo-analysis of Whiteness, very high levels of tolerance, pluralism, and pseudo-religious commands to fight for “racial justice.” Since Jews pioneered psychoanalysis and Whiteness Studies, and remain key proponents of racial pluralism, it’s difficult to avoid the possibility that Jewish involvement in Buddhism is at least in part a vehicle for the pursuit of the same Jewish interests but in more cryptic form. Buddhists for Racial Justice, for example, now known as North American Buddhist Alliance, is just one of the mechanisms for such activism in the United States, one of its key figures
being a bald female-to-male transexual called Joshua Goldberg.

The promotion of a kind of psycho-therapeutic form of Neo-Buddhism among Whites could also be seen as an extension of the efforts of psychoanalysis and the Frankfurt School to treat putative cultural pathologies among Whites by addressing largely imagined repressions and anxieties. It’s been claimed by The Tablet that Jews effectively created the modern “mindfulness” industry by stripping Buddhism of its mythological elements and radically increasing those elements of Buddhism that involve the cultivation of emotional passivity among adherents. In fact, American “JewBu” Buddhism is notable for its encouragement of tolerance and pluralism, as well as the neglect of one’s own individual interests. This runs counter to the facts of historical Asian Buddhism, which has seen authoritarian and war-like forms, and also to contemporary examples like the situation in Myanmar, where Buddhist monks have demonstrated their awareness of individual and group interests by leading violent attacks on Muslims and their property.

Literal Jewish Gurus

As “Buddhist” teachers and gurus, Jews can of course obtain very high levels of White convert obedience and commitment while obscuring the precise nature of their activities. Changes of name, common in conversions to Buddhism, further obscure links between the American “Buddhist” hierarchy, making Jewish ethnic nepotism, and Jewish dominance of the movement’s origins and leadership, less obvious. For example, a promotion by a Wu Kwang of a Surya Das will raise fewer eyebrows than a Joseph Goldstein promotion of a Joshua Goldberg. The end result is that Jews have been able to very rapidly obtain a large number of priest-like spiritual roles over Whites without any of the awkward hurdles in Christianity. Unlike the historical situation in the Catholic Church, Jews have been able to saturate leadership roles in Buddhism very quickly, without suspicions, without demanding studies and examinations of theology, and without making religious declarations that run counter to Judaism. Due to the decentralized nature of Buddhism and its reliance on a system of teaching “lineages” (spiritual authority is often passed down via “direct face-to-face Dharma transmission” between master and student) all Jews had to do was insert themselves into these lineages (under the right masters) at the right time (the “oy vey school” of the 1950s and 1960s) and they could direct the future of American Buddhism thereafter, both by establishing its infrastructure, by selecting its future co-ethnic gurus via “Dharma transmission” and by expelling dissenters from their anti-White activist agenda. Thus we see many stories like that of contemporary “Zen Master” Zoketsu Norman Fischer, who describes himself as a “Dharma heir” in the lineage of Sojun Mel Weitsman.

The White Buddhist convert scene has also been a rather putrid soil for cult-like behaviors and sexual misconduct and abuse. Even before Jews swamped early Western Buddhism, huge numbers of the early Asian gurus were involved in the sexual grooming of their White followers (e.g. see here, here, here, and here). Homosexuals have likewise used the White Buddhist convert scene for depraved purposes. Confirming a credo of mine that it’s never a good idea to permit non-Whites, gays, and Jews to possess any position of authority, one of the most recent scandals has involved “American Buddhist” Noah Levine. Levine is the son of Stephen Levine, a Jewish associate of Ram Dass (Jewish psychologist Richard Alpert), and part of the same coterie as Kornfield, Goldstein, and Salzberg. Noah Levine was taught “Buddhism” by Kornfield, and subsequently went on to found the Against the Stream Meditation Center in Venice, California, as a distinct “American Buddhist lineage.” Against the Stream, which describes itself as having been founded “on antisexist and antiracist principles” became known for its use of punk imagery, and it has played a significant role in the promotion of “woke” culture within American Buddhism via its
courses on Whiteness, White privilege, and racism.

Unfortunately for Levine, and despite his anti-sexism classes, allegations emerged in late 2019 that Levine had been sexually assaulting female followers, prompting the organization to expel him. Other Buddhist organizations have distanced themselves from him and revoked his teaching certifications. Enraged, Levine let the cat out of the bag when he complained that his father and colleagues “Kornfield, Ram Dass, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg” were essentially frauds anyway and that “these guys had no authorization to teach, they just gave it to themselves.” Or to put it another way, they simply invented their own religion based on the promotion of passivity and the celebration of diversity, and called it Buddhism.

Conclusion

As someone profoundly influenced by the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, I have a natural sympathy for authentic Buddhism and its ancient teachings on suffering. It has also been remarked by many scholars that Zen Buddhism has very close parallels in the philosophies of both Nietzsche and Heidegger, with the result that there is definitely something in Buddhism that is accessible, and even useful, to the European mind and soul. That being said, the increasing drift of White Americans into Buddhism (see here, here, and here) should be viewed with alarm given the above discussion. American Buddhism is, to a very significant extent, an artificial contrivance of Jewish intellectuals designed to pacify Whites, promote multiculturalism, and otherwise advance political goals oppositional to White interests—literally the same goals of the activist Jewish community in America generally.

Notes

[1] Sigalow, American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change, 1.

[2] Ibid., 159.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid., 59.

[5] Ibid., 57.

[6] Ibid., 58.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Ibid., 76.

[9] G. Laderman, Religion and American Cultures: Tradition, Diversity, and Popular Expression: 2nd Edition (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO), 57.

[10] Sigalow, 76.

[11] Ibid., 78.

[12] Ibid., 69.

[13] Ibid.

[14] Ibid., 70-71.

[15] Ibid., 73 & 76.

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  1. I have often wondered if the same element of crypsis and vast overrepresentation of crypto-Jews is also present in the bahai faith.

  2. Pheasant says:
    @Bourgeois Reactionary

    Interesting. I have read that Bahai Iranians were the first to leave after the revolution of 79 and are really distrusted.

  3. Malla says:
    @Bourgeois Reactionary

    Bahai has been considered cypto Jewish from the very beginning.
    I wonder how much Jewish participation existed during the period when Hindu gurus came to the West. Did Jews collaborate with the sneaky Hinjews? I wonder. many of those Hinjew gurus were involved in frauds and sexual predation of White women (maybe if some cases men).

  4. Malla says:

    involve the cultivation of emotional passivity among adherents.

    Hmm passivity? This has been promoted by slimeball Hindu gurus too. “Give up your ego COMPLETELY to realize God” translated to “Give up your ego COMPLETELY so that I can exploit you, emotionally abuse you and make you work like a slave”. I have had first hand experience of this.
    Sometimes I wonder on the (Revilo Oliverian line) if Christianity, partly atleast, was originally a Jewish psy-op attack on the Roman Empire? (from a Jewish perspective Romans=All Europeans). Turn the other cheek, guilt guilt guilt and all that. Not all of Christianity but some elements of it. Custom made to attack the Roman Empire after a deep study of European racial nature.

    It has also been remarked by many scholars that Zen Buddhism has very close parallels in the philosophies of both Nietzsche and Heidegger, with the result that there is definitely something in Buddhism that is accessible, and even useful, to the European mind and soul.

    Why not? After all, the original Gautam Buddha was a blue eyed (literally) prince of Scythian (Saca) descent.

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    , @Anon
  5. Anonymous[233] • Disclaimer says:

    I find it laughable how Eastern religions are promoted as anti-racist, pacifistic and “woke” in the West considering Buddhists and Hindus, etc, are among the most racially/culturally supremacist bigots you could imagine.

    They are nothing like “turn the other cheek” Christians. Hindus and Buddhists will riot and kill in big mobs if they feel that their religion/culture is being threatened by outsiders, and Christians in the East are often just as likely to be on the receiving end of this as Muslims are.

  6. G. Poulin says:

    I must say, I am shocked that these people would try to re-purpose a traditional religion in order to gain political power for themselves, and even use it as a cover for the boinking of gullible shiksas. Shocked, I tell you.

    • LOL: Digital Samizdat
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  7. Timely article. Wait until Joyce gets wind of Trebitsch Lincoln – he’ll choke on his cornflakes.

  8. Very good article, and very important IMHO.

  9. Sofi says:

    It took me half a lifetime to begin to see this in one of the mentioned groups.
    The dominance of women in American Buddhism today is also a factor in this emphasis on “compassion” rather than wisdom. My Japanese Zen teacher called compassion without wisdom “idiot compassion.”

    Not just Jews though. Laurence Rockefeller is acknowledged as a major donor at two major centers. Also some globalist connection through Maurice Strong’s interest in a one world religion.

  10. @Malla

    Jewish writer Marcus Eli Ravage (1884-1965), said out loud what you suggest, that Christianity was a Jewish plot to destroy Europe’s ancient cultures, enervating the gentile fighting spirit in ancient times, Ravage endorsing the similar view of historian Edward Gibbon (1737-94) in his ‘Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire’

    Quite an important, powerful piece by Andrew Joyce here … significant for understanding the grand sweep of human history, and the power of religion

    This hijacking of Buddhism for Jewish interests, is not the first time – given that Christianity itself, the package created and sold by the Jew Paul of the Bible, is essentially a 20% Buddhist overlay on Judaism … it’s been well-proven that Jesus’ ‘nice’ sayings copy Buddha 500 years earlier, Jesus likely having had teachers from India or travelled there in his ‘lost years’

    Jews as Joyce describes, are exploiting the intrinsic weaknesses of Buddhism, developing out of a Hindu strain that despised warriors and weapons, and cultivated passivity and excessive mental absorption, whereas broader Hindu and Daoist cultures often idolised warriors and the ‘art of war’

    The 1st millennium CE shift of Hindu cultures toward Buddhism, is what enabled the Muslim conquest of India, and of a chunk of south-southeast Asia … eventually leading to a militant Buddhist backlash which we see today in Myanmar etc

    The Jewish writer Ravage, said also that when Europe was recovering paganism and vigour during the Renaissance, Jews helped sponsor Martin Luther – a young student of Hebrew and the Kabbalah – to bring in a new kind of cult focusing on Jewish Bible writings, getting the Vatican as well to re-publish the Talmud, previously burned at Paris, starting the chain down to today’s ‘Bible Christian Zionists’

    Ravage added that Europeans are weakened by forever having Jewish-created ideologies, taking over their minds with Israelite stories and sayings, and Europeans will forever subconsciously resent Jews for this

    It seems that culture is not really sustainable without some form of religion / spirituality, and what is monstrously difficult for the West is to revive a faith that is not Jewish ‘Abrahamic’ nor ridiculous

    Western paganism is un-inspiring both because of disgusting animal sacrifices, and because it lacks the great sourced-in-India tradition of yoga, meditation, etc, enabling direct profound universally-accessible spiritual experience … We need a Western version of this … which, like India’s most beloved spiritual work, the Bhagavad-Gita, admires the fighter for justice

    The Bhagavad-Gita is the tale of a warrior, getting inspiration and courage from god himself who turns out to have taken the form the warrior’s chariot driver … here is the Gita story in 10 minutes, nicely done … ‘You can neither truly kill, nor be killed … all beings live forever … so stand and fight!’

  11. The non-Asian Buddhist community in North America is definitely a cult, and now I know why. Many thanks.

  12. Anon[116] • Disclaimer says:
    @Malla

    Lots of exploitation in Christianity too. Look at Catholic Church scandals in US, Europe, other places.

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  13. Mulegino1 says:

    There’s a grain of truth in such interpretations. As will be demonstrated below, many of these Jews clearly, on some level, find the religious forms of Judaism insufficient, even if they obviously prize their Jewishness in other ways. There’s also a lot of truth in the idea that Jews are likely to be extremely averse to conversion to Christianity, a stance derived primarily from very anti-Christian self-understandings in Judaism which posit Christianity as pathological and negatively obsessed with Jews.

    Judaism/Rabbinism/Talmudism was founded as a counter-Christian cult well after the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD and the establishment of Christianity, so it is only natural that it is hostile to all expressions of the Christian religion, and favors any other so called tradition which opposes or counters it. There are good arguments being made that Islam was founded by Judeo-Christian Aryan heretics.

    Contemporary Judaism is indeed an insufficient and inferior form of religion to anyone who aspires to a genuine spiritual or metaphysical foundation. So it is entirely likely that these renegades will look to entirely inauthentic and ersatz spiritual traditions to satisfy their own entitled sense of spiritual “authenticity.”

    • Agree: Malla
  14. Malla says:
    @Brabantian

    it’s been well-proven that Jesus’ ‘nice’ sayings copy Buddha 500 years earlier, Jesus likely having had teachers from India or travelled there in his ‘lost years’

    Very true, there is a possibility of the influence of Buddhism or the concept of Krishna which may have played a part in early Christianity. However Jesus having gone to India or Tibet is most probably false, it was a theory first pushed by a Russian Jew. There is a possibility Jesus may have gone to the island of Britain.

    The 1st millennium CE shift of Hindu cultures toward Buddhism, is what enabled the Muslim conquest of India, and of a chunk of south-southeast Asia … eventually leading to a militant Buddhist backlash which we see today in Myanmar etc

    Hinduism was in the process of destroying Buddhism way before Islam barged in. Indeed when Islam barged into India Buddhism was largely destroyed by Hindu Brahmanical forces anyways.

    The Jewish writer Ravage, said also that when Europe was recovering paganism and vigour during the Renaissance, Jews helped sponsor Martin Luther – a young student of Hebrew and the Kabbalah – to bring in a new kind of cult focusing on Jewish Bible writings, getting the Vatican as well to re-publish the Talmud, previously burned at Paris, starting the chain down to today’s ‘Bible Christian Zionists’

    This is a good possibility. Martin Luther later realised the trick Jews played on him and thus his book ‘The Jews and their Lies’. But the Catholic Church not solving the corruption issue within the Church also allowed the rise of Protestantism. But many Popes had been Crypto Jews, makes me wonder ‘Corrupt the Catholic Church and then create a rival sect’ was a plan of the Jews just like ‘Vulture Jewish Capitalism and then create the antidote of Communism to enslave the Goyim’ idea.

    Ravage added that Europeans are weakened by forever having Jewish-created ideologies, taking over their minds with Israelite stories and sayings, and Europeans will forever subconsciously resent Jews for this

    Very true. Jewish ideas for goyim should be looked at with a lot of suspicion.

    Western paganism is un-inspiring both because of disgusting animal sacrifices, and because it lacks the great sourced-in-India tradition of yoga, meditation, etc, enabling direct profound universally-accessible spiritual experience …

    Western Paganism had a lot of similarities with Vedic Hinduism, especially the mimasa period as well as Zoarastrianism. And animal sacrifices was a part of Hinduism too. Actually a lot of these metaphysical concepts as well as vegetarianism was picked by Hinduism from Buddhism.

    • Thanks: Pheasant
  15. Malla says:
    @Brabantian

    Jewish writer Marcus Eli Ravage (1884-1965), said out loud what you suggest, that Christianity was a Jewish plot to destroy Europe’s ancient cultures,

    The Late Porf Revilo Oliver has done a lot of research on this subject. He was a professor of the Classics and an expert in Latin, Classical Greek and Sanskrit. He too was of the conclusion that early Christianity was a Jew plot against the Roman Empire and thus by extension Europa.
    However it is possible Christianity started going in a direction they had not wanted it to go and then they became hostile to it. But one of the aims of Christianity was to pacify Europeans and destroy Europe’s pagan culture.

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  16. Seraphim says:
    @Malla

    What ‘pagan culture’ of Europe? Pagan means ‘rusticus’, one who lives in ‘pagi’-villages, a boorish peasant, un-cultured, illiterate. The Greek-Roman culture was essentially an urban one, highly literate and ‘civilized’. Christianity preserved that culture.

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  17. @Bourgeois Reactionary

    Interesting question. While I am by no means an expert on Baháʼí, I do happen to know that, although it was originally founded in Iran, it’s current world headquarters are in Haifa, Israel. I have also heard that most Iranians regard it with great suspicion, many believing it to have been founded by the Free Masons when the British first came to Iran in the 19th century (the Baháʼí religion was only founded in 1863). So I think your suspicions are well-founded.

  18. @Brabantian

    In general, a very good post. Just one minor quibble:

    Jews helped sponsor Martin Luther – a young student of Hebrew and the Kabbalah – to bring in a new kind of cult focusing on Jewish Bible writings, getting the Vatican as well to re-publish the Talmud, previously burned at Paris, starting the chain down to today’s ‘Bible Christian Zionists’ …

    Luther was actually no friend of the Chosen, even famously authoring books warning his followers against “Jews and their lies.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_and_antisemitism#Anti-Jewish_works

    The Jews had better luck with reformationists like Jean Calvin.

  19. @Anon

    The post-Vatican-II Catholic Church is no longer truly Christian. It is now just another tool of Jewish influence.

  20. Each piece from Andrew Joyce is a revelation! I look forward to reading more from him for a long time to come.

    By the 1960s, strands of Buddhism perceived as permissive, or at least morally non-judgmental, were becoming increasingly popular on the countercultural Left, where the disruption of conventional behavior was the established modus operandi. Jews, disproportionately represented in this area of socio-political life, began to drift to Buddhism in significant numbers. The reasons for this drift have been debated in scholarship and media for decades.

    I have often wondered, too, if it had something to do with the Vietnam War. After all, at that time, people associated Christianity in Vietnam with the French-collaborators (later turned US-collaborators) and Buddhism with the resistance, meaning the Vietcong and the NVA. I think everyone’s familiar with that famous photograph of the monk Thích Quảng Đức publicly immolating himself in 1963.

    Due to the decentralized nature of Buddhism and its reliance on a system of teaching “lineages” (spiritual authority is often passed down via “direct face-to-face Dharma transmission” between master and student) all Jews had to do was insert themselves into these lineages (under the right masters) at the right time (the “oy vey school” of the 1950s and 1960s) and they could direct the future of American Buddhism thereafter, both by establishing its infrastructure, by selecting its future co-ethnic gurus via “Dharma transmission” and by expelling dissenters from their anti-White activist agenda.

    Sound familiar? It’s just traditional rabbinical authority: highly decentralized (there’s no ‘Pope’ of Judaism), extremely authoritarian, personality-driven and cult-like.

    American Buddhism is, to a very significant extent, an artificial contrivance of Jewish intellectuals designed to pacify Whites, promote multiculturalism, and otherwise advance political goals oppositional to White interests—literally the same goals of the activist Jewish community in America generally

    .

    But the same, sadly, is also true of modern ‘Christianity’. So where do we turn for cultural/moral renewal?

  21. Malla says:
    @Seraphim

    What ‘pagan culture’ of Europe

    The pre Christian mythology of Europe which had similarities with Zoroastrianism and Vedic Culture.

  22. Anon[386] • Disclaimer says:

    Christianity is wrapped in esoterism in order to compete with Judaism. Anything less would have it successfully deconstructed by its enemies.

    Judaism is a human sacrifice cult that frames all non-Jews as either animals to be slaughtered, as crops to be harvested, or sometimes as inanimate objects such as rocks. When it isn’t calling for the outright genocide of non-Jews in a non-occulted manner.

    Judaism survives in spite of this precisely due to its very light use of occulted terminology. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much code to fool more than 99% of everyone else and so this light occult mechanism is enough.

    The Israeli myth (the Israelis worshipped Baal, not Yahweh) of Genesis as well as Christianity both have as their core the occculted message to call out Jews as offspring of the Devil (Jews being clearly identified as the wandering murderer Cain, and being the biological offspring of the Devil through Cain’s Serpent Father Yahweh and his union with the human Eve).

    Christianity’s core myth is the resurrection and revenge of Abel (the Son of Man), the Lamb, against the murderer Cain. Which will finally occur during the Wrath of the Lamb.

    No matter what relatively minor changes to Christianity are made, or even if its something that is somewhat major like the false claims that the Jews did not kill Christ, the core meaning of Christ’s final revenge against the Jews cannot be changed.

    Which is allegory for the revenge of all Jewish victims against the Jews, but especially those that biologically descend from their first victim: Abel.

    This is why Jews hate Christianity and why Jews are permitted to be Buddhists while retaining Jewish identity, but are not permitted to be Christians.

  23. @Brabantian

    Jews helped sponsor Martin Luther – a young student of Hebrew and the Kabbalah – to bring in a new kind of cult focusing on Jewish Bible writings, getting the Vatican as well to re-publish the Talmud, previously burned at Paris, starting the chain down to today’s ‘Bible Christian Zionists’

    Not plausible.

    Luther was actually angered by contents of the Talmud and wrote about this as mentioned by someone above. In his words,

    “Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.”

  24. @Bourgeois Reactionary

    Regardless of faith the pattern is the same.

    In Christianity the latest subversion is the so-called Hebrew roots movement.

    • Agree: Pheasant
  25. @G. Poulin

    From my involvement with these groups, I don’t actually think this type of cabal mentality is conscious. I have met many Jews who are influential in various spritiual and intellectual movements such as communism, buddhism, unitarian church and scientology.

    Very few, if any of them are aware that this is even taking place. Many of them are aware that there is a preponderance of Jews in these movements, but I don’t believe any of them have a conscious understanding of what you are suggesting in your evolutionary theory.

    This is why theories purporting secret cabals of Jews controlling the world fall on deaf ears. Jews don’t consciously join the buddhist church hoping it will advance their group’s well being. I think this is where your argument is muddy. Yes, Jews may have become buddhists and reshaped the movement to their intellectual and moral fancy, but I don’t believe any of them were aware that that’s what they were doing.

    If what the author is trying to do is raise the consciousness of Jews and non-Jews to the observed patterns of Jewish behavior, I believe he has done an excellent job. If you are advocating for or implying the necessity of some type of response on the part of non-Jews to combat this, I think it will fall on deaf ears.

    Zionism is one of the few movements in existence which advocates for Jewish wellbeing or dominance explicitly, whereas other Jewish-sympathetic movements (left wing politics, western Buddhism, main stream media) are simply pro-Jewish or anti-racist in orientation.

    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @Morton's toes
  26. Tusk says:
    @ginger bread man

    Very few, if any of them are aware that this is even taking place

    This doesn’t make them innocent, in fact it bodes even worse for them. Jewish activists are unconsciously attacking Whites and trying to undermine them in your situation, and you’ve ultimately just robbed them of their agency. I think Gilad Atzmon is right in his persepctive of this ‘Jewish radical’ phenomenon: https://www.unz.com/gatzmon/being-ahead-of-time/

    The fact is, conscious or unconscious, Jews are overrepresented in the groups that seek to undermine White interests. Put this down to whatever you want but the whole “secret cabal” idea is ridiculous, it’s plain to see who controls media, univerisites, and in this case American buddhism, that push anti-White messages. Joyce, along with Kevin Macdonald and all the other writers on The Occidental Observer, follow an ethnocentric and evolutionary psychological approach to the reasoning of Jewish overrepresentation. Jews simply do what they think is good for Jews, often this is bad for Whites.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
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  27. @Tusk

    Good point. Nothing the Jews do (as described by MacDonald et al.) actually requires any conscious agency. But I’d still be astonished if it weren’t done consciously in at least a few cases here and there. I mean, you don’t think the Rothschilds know what they’re doing?

    • Replies: @Tusk
  28. Tusk says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    I certainly think that a certain portion do it maliciously and consciously. Perhaps Soros is a good example of this. But for others, such as the Buddhists mentioned in this article, I don’t think they do it explicitly out of some grand conspiracy but simply naturally tended to exploit and subvert the decentralised Buddhism to their means. Obviously at both the conscious and unconscious level of Jewish thinking you’ll find “Is this good for the Jews?” and it’s simple to understand that people in any group are always going to act in their own interests. It simply seems to be the case that what is good for Jews comes at the cost of Whites, and Jews (seemingly) can’t get enough of living amongst Whites. The Jews in the media, financial industries, academia and so forth are most certainly engaged in deliberate attacks on the Whites though.

  29. @ginger bread man

    Very few, if any of them are aware that this is even taking place.

    The default spiritual destination for american jews is agnosticism if not absolute atheism. Buddhism is a palatable filling for the hole in their soul. But not Christianity. They cannot get past the mental block which is an immovable object.

    The information in Joyce’s piece (except Ram Dass) was new to me but it is not surprising. I looked up Robert Thurman just for the heck of it. Not a jew. But I did learn to my surprise (and amusement) that Uma’s mom was an ex-wife of Timothy Leary.

    Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

  30. Can you do a part II on How Jews are the heads of American Sufism?

    http://www.bahaistudies.net/asma/jewfis.pdf

  31. So not a peep about the Federal Reserve? or Fortune 100? or their private intelligence alphabet army probably tasked with infiltrating every conceivable group of more than two people who assemble and think about stars and spirits. The CIA that infiltrated and destroyed the catholics in vatican 2 left a very zionist trail of sticky residue. We need to deal with the freemasonic/zionist chicken/egg paradox and realize they are born of the same father, the same father of usury and lies. The Buddhists were not infiltrated by jews, no no, they were infiltrated by uncle sam’s loanshark, but uncle sam knows the loanshark owns everyone so he let’s him just do what he wants. He can fly planes into buildings, fake a pandemic, burn down the forests every year – whatever. Did you see that the loanshark just gave control of our healthcare digital domain to Israel’s unit 8200 cyber espionage and counter terrorism global troublemakers? http://thealtworld.com/whitney_webb/meet-the-idf-linked-cybersecurity-group-protecting-us-hospitals-pro-bono

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