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Sailing Home

Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic
 | 
July, 2011
ISBN:
9781556439964
Quantity: 
1
$21.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In Sailing Home, Norman Fischer—one of our best-known Zen teachers—riffs on the universal lessons and personal guidance within Homer’s Greek epic.

Maybe, like Odysseus, we are finally ready simply to return home to what we are, to our beauty and strength as well as our limitations. Maybe we are ready to see that what’s wanted and needed is what was there all along, our animal life, our love and our presence.

The Odyssey is an ancient story that speaks to every generation: the struggle of a homesick, battle-weary man longing to return to love and family.  Odysseus’s strivings to overcome divine and earthly obstacles and to control his own impulsive nature hold valuable lessons for people facing their own inner battles and everyday conflicts—people who are, like Odysseus, “heartsick on the open sea,” whether from dealing with daily skirmishes at the office or an international war. Sailing Home breathes fresh air into a classic we thought we knew, revealing its profound guidance for navigating life’s rapids.

Fischer weaves Buddhist, Judaic, Christian, and popular themes, as well as his own unique and sympathetic understanding of life, in his recasting of Odysseus’s familiar wanderings as lessons that everyone can use.  With meditations that yield personal revelations, illuminating anecdotes from Fischer and his students’ lives, and stories from many wisdom traditions, Sailing Home offers us a new way to view our path: when to wait and when to act, when to speak our mind and when to exercise discretion, how to draw on our innate strength and distinguish between truth and deception, and how to deal with aging and changing relationships.

The Odyssey’s metaphors helped me and my students to understand the Buddhist path, and our own progress on it, in ways we had not considered before.

Sailing Home makes the case for a spirituality that is intelligent, flexible, humorous, open-minded—and realistic.

“We all sail across the wine-dark sea, and Fischer, beloved for his forthright honesty and kind heart, guides us to understand our own odyssey, our own hard-earned, vulnerable, mysterious life journey, with genuine compassion and newfound understanding.” —Jack Kornfield

Also by Norman Fischer: Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up.

Publisher’s Description: 

Homers Odyssey holds a timeless allure. It is an ancient story for every generation: the struggle of a man on a long and difficult voyage longing to return to love and family. Odysseuss strivings to overcome both divine and earthly obstacles and to control his own impulsive nature hold valuable lessons for us as we confront the challenges of daily life. Sailing Home breathes fresh air into a classic we thought we knew, revealing its profound guidance for the modern seeker.

Dividing the book into three parts: Setting Forth, Disaster, and Return. Fischer charts the course of Odysseuss familiar wanderings. Readers come to see this ancient hero as a flawed human being who shares their own struggles and temptations, such as yielding to desire or fear or greed, and making peace with family. Featuring thoughtful meditations, illuminating anecdotes from Fischers and his students lives, and stories from many wisdom traditions including Buddhist, Judaic, and Christian, Sailing Home shows the way to greater purpose in our own lives. The books literary dimension expands its appeal beyond the Buddhist market to a wider spiritual audience and to anyone interested in the teachings of myth and story.

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