The beloved Zen priest, poet and translator Norman Fischer makes a special appearance with us today. The director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, he is the author of many books, including Taking Our Places, long a favorite of our booksellers and customers. We’re delighted that he’ll be with us this afternoon to speak about his book, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path (Shambhala).
“In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, 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.”
"This book gives me hope. In times like these, when we cannot afford to indulge in hopelessness, Norman Fischer offers us a vision of the human imagination as a spiritual practice and a source of courage and love. Now, more than ever, we need his vision of ourselves and of the world."--Ruth Ozeki.