More On Comparing Judaism And Buddhism
Rabbi Eliezer Shore commenting on HaNei’or BaLaylah:
Once, when the Tzemach Tzedek, the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, was a little boy, he was sitting in the lap of his grandfather -- R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad.
"Where is Zeide?" his grandfather asked him.
The little boy pulled at his grandfather's beard.
"No, that's Zeide's beard. But where is Zeide?" R. Shneur Zalman replied.
The little boy pointed to his grandfather's body.
"No, that's Zeide's body. But where is Zeide?"
The little boy pointed to his grandfather's head.
"No, that's Zeide's head," was the reply.
Now, a Buddhist might say that there really is no Zeide. That Zeide is only a combination of all these different aggregates, lacking any self- existing center. But that's not what the little boy thought. He got off his grandfather's lap and went out of the room. Suddenly, from the other room, he cried out, "Zeide! Zeide!"
"Yes, I'm coming!" replied R. Shneur Zalman.
The little boy came back and declared: "There is Zeide!"
It seems to me that we can say the same thing about G-d. True, in the depths of the Infinite there is no-thing, there is only Divinity, transcendent of all contingent existence, above all "existence" altogether. However, when we call to G-d, He answers us. And that is what Jewish life is all about.