The Israeli Phenomenon in India
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Israelis in Tushita Buddhist Meditation Center, Dharamkot, are over-represented 63 times over the other 11 leading countries of students origin. Tushita offers 10-day silent retreats, short courses and drop-in meditations.
Israelis in Bhagsu. If you thought you knew why Israelis come to India, read this post and be ready for surprises. Post compares Hindu and Israeli tourism to this friendly village in the lower Himalayas. Everybody co-exists and cultural co-fertilization brings about interesting results.
The Israeli trail can be found in India, complete with the trail’s markers, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, problems, joys. Welcome to India if you want to know Israel!
The home-made Israeli spiritual scene in India ranges from the orthodox Beit Chabad to the innovative Beit Bina with the “Jewish Heart” in between. They all provide a warm home but with some strings attached, and a “protection” from the surrounding overwhelming “spiritual salad”.
Music, grass and the spiritual salad – the three occupations of Israelis in India outside of shopping… Western, Jewish and israeli involvement in Indian spiritual paths create interesting fusions that transform Israeli society, Judaism and India.
Why Israelis go to India? This first post enumerates the more obvious reasons – fun, escape, learn, shanti, post-army, herd, cheap, the Hummus trail infrastructure, adventure, and, of course – Incredible India. Sequel: non-obvious reasons.
Less obvious reasons Israelis to India include personal issues, spiritual needs, religious quest, national / existential issues, a strong need for answers. Israelis are perfectly suited to bridge East and West in the Indian setting, and India is a perfect simulation for what peace could look like.