Rodger Kamenetz is an award-winning poet, author and teacher. Of his ten books, his best known is The Jew is the Lotus, the story of rabbis making a holy pilgrimage through India to meet with the Dalai Lama. His account of their historic dialogue became an international bestseller, prompting a reevaluation of Judaism in the light of Buddhist thought. After retiring from Louisiana State University as a Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies, Rodger has devoted himself to working with clients who seek spiritual direction through their dreams. He lives and works in New Orleans.