What Allen Ginsburg Asked Leonard Cohen about Buddhism
Kurzweil: Where does Judaism fit in?
Cohen: Well, I became a student of a Zen monk. I remember Allen Ginsberg saying to me at a certain point, ”How do you reconcile this with Judaism?” I said that I find no conflict myself. As you know, there are Jewish practitioners in the Zen movement. I don’t think the two are necessarily mutually exclusive, depending on your position. As I have received it from my teacher, there is no conflict because there is no prayerful worship and there is no discussion of a deity in Zen.
From an interview by Arthur Kurzweil and Pamela Roth published in The Jewish Book News on or about October 31, 1994.