The World Could Be Otherwise

Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

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Norman Fischer
  • Boulder, CO: 
    Shambhala Publications, Inc.
    , April
     224 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Karin Aguilar-San Juan forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, poet, translator, and director of the Everyday Zen Foundation.


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