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Norman Fischer

The World Could Be Otherwise

IMAGINATION AND THE BODHISATTVA PATH

Bay Area

Talks & Workshops


In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see what’s hidden, and it shape-shifts reality’s twisting waves.

 
 

Wednesday, May 22

Book Passage Corte Madera

Reading and Public Dharma Seminar

7:00 PM

 
Norman will read from his new book, The World Could Be Otherwise, followed by a Q&A, discussion, and book signing.

Saturday, May 25

San Francisco Zen Center

Lecture

10:15 AM

Workshop

1:00 — 4:00 PM

 
The book — and this workshop — are built around the idea of the bodhisattva path, which consists of six traditional practices. We’ll spend the afternoon at City Center practicing silent meditation and talking about these six great practices, and how to make them our own.

Sunday, May 26

Green Gulch Farm

Lecture

10:15 AM

Workshop

1:00 — 4:00 PM


The book — and this workshop — are built around the idea of the bodhisattva path, which consists of six traditional practices. We’ll spend the afternoon at Green Gulch Farm practicing silent meditation and talking about these six great practices, and how to make them our own.

Friday, June 7

Spirit Rock

Summer Evening Series

7:00 — 9:00 PM


Part of Spirit Rock’s Summer Evening Series, this evening will be centered around themes from Norman Fischer’s new book, The World Could Be Otherwise.
“A powerful exploration of the Buddhist practice of the Six Perfections.”
Joan Halifax
“A kind of imagining of our world that goes far beyond our minds. In fact, we might fall into our own hearts along the way.”
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
“A gentle, brilliant, and inspiring road map to a life of happiness and integrity.”
Kazuaki Tanahashi

The World Could be Otherwise


In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or “six perfections” — generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding — can help us reconfigure the world we live in.

Ranging from our everyday concerns about relationships, ethics, and consumption to our artistic inspirations and broadest human yearnings, Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.
 
Photo: Insight L.A.
Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, poet, and translator. A former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, he is the founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation.

Over the next few months, Norman will be offering readings and workshops based on the themes of his new book at book stores, Zen practice centers, and other contemplative venues across North America.
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