Norman Fischer with Cynthia Schrager
Esteemed Zen Buddhist priest, teacher, writer, and poet Norman Fischer, who, through his writing, teaching, and example has guided, instructed, and inspired many, makes this welcome Elliott Bay return in virtual form to talk about his newest book, When You Greet Me I Bow: Notes and Reflections from a Life in Zen (Shambhala). For this program, he’ll be joined in conversation by Cynthia Schrager, who in all likelihood knows the inner and outer working of this book better than anyone beyond Norman Fischer, as she edited it.
"This book is funny—but serious too, as any book about dedication must be. It is also humble, inviting, clear. Most people probably think of Zen as solitary and austere; Fischer, however, emphasizes the commitment to a community of practice. We all need that and most of us have no idea where to find it. This book is a good place to start." —Rae Armantrout.
"This book is a treasure. Eastern dharma has truly been transmitted to the West. The book is also beautifully structured. Help with love, relationship, grief, death, injustice, politics, is close at hand. Reading Fischer’s book in these hard times emits a sigh of relief. Things almost make sense—even if upside down sense—the body lets go and relaxes." —Natalie Goldberg.
Norman Fischer is also the author of twenty books of poetry, give or take, and such works on Buddhist practice as Training in Compassion, What is Zen?, The World Could Be Otherwise, Solid Ground, and Taking Our Places.