Tuesday Evening Study
Class is from 8-9pm, after zazen and a short break (you can arrive or leave any time). You are welcome to join our class series for free at any time, at any point in the series, and there is no need to register.
Note: Study Schedule is subject to change – check back for updates! Click Here for our Event Calendar. Classes and Dharma Talks are almost always recorded; click here for recordings.
We will spend 14 weeks studying and discussing Norman Fisher’s Book “The World Could be Otherwise.”
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.
Purchasing the Book:
You can order a hard copy of the book online, or get an ebook or Audiobook version.
Upcoming Study Schedule
October 6th – Chapter One: Imagination (Beginning through Imagination is Feeling for Another, pages 1-15)
October 13th – Chapter One: Imagination (The Bodhisattva Path through end, pages 15-25)
October 20th – Chapter Two: The Perfection of Generosity (Beginning through The World As Gift, pages 27-41)
October 27th – Chapter Two: The Perfection of Generosity (Generosity is Empty of Generosity through end, pages 41-54)
November 3rd – Chapter Three: The Perfection of Ethical Conduct (Beginning through Precepts, pages 55-68)
November 10th – Chapter Three: The Perfection of Ethical Conduct (Regret and Repentance through end, pages 68-82)
November 17th – Chapter Four: The Perfection of Patience (Beginning through Practicing with Anger, pages 83-97)
November 24th – Chapter Four: The Perfection of Patience (Confict: The Advanced Practice of Patience, pages 98-112)
December 1st – Chapter Five: The Perfection of Joyful Effort (Beginning through Desire, pages 113-126)
December 15th – Chapter Five: The Perfection of Joyful Effort (Vow through end, pages 127-139)
January 5th – Chapter Six: The Perfection of Meditation (Beginning through Mindfulness, pages 141-156)
January 12th – Chapter Six: The Perfection of Meditation (Zen Meditation through end, pages 156-170)
January 19th – Chapter Seven: The Perfection of Understanding (Beginning through Zen and Emptiness Teaching, pages 171-186)
January 26th – Chapter Seven: The Perfection of Understanding (Emptiness, Self-Reflection, and Humor through end, pages 186-199)