The World Could Be Otherwise

The World Could Be Otherwise

Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path
By Norman Fischer
 - Paperback

PREORDER: Expected to ship after 04/30/2019.

Shambhala Publications
Pages: 224
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 9781611805048
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 roiling, twisting waves. 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.
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"A powerful exploration of the Buddhist practice of the Six Perfections, this extraordinary book points toward the great possibilities of goodness resting at the center of the human heart." —Joan Halifax, author of Being with Dying

"A gentle, brilliant, and inspiring road map to a life of happiness and integrity for us individualistic and subversive thinkers who are weary of dogma and preaching." —Kazuaki Tanahashi, author of Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis

"With poetic gesture and prompts from the Buddha’s teachings, beloved spiritual teacher Norman Fischer leads us on a well-seasoned path toward 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, author of The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender

"This book illuminates the difference between unimaginative religion and the open vision of possibility that authentic religion enables. A unique contribution to a vital dimension of Buddhism, written by someone who has long practiced what he is teaching." —Dale S. Wright, author of The Six Perfections and What Is Buddhist Enlightenment?

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