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The World Could Be Otherwise

Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
April, 2019
ISBN:
9781611805048
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Here’s an imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times, through the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or "perfections"—qualities that lead to kindness, wisdom, and an awakened life.

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.

These six practices define the path of the bodhisattva, the imaginative hero of the Mahayana Buddhist path. To contemplate and practice them is a lifetime’s project—one we will never complete. The more we practice them in this crazy world, the more we will see how our ordinary human life, with all its pressures and difficulties, can also be a heroic and passionate spiritual journey. Understanding and love are possible.

“Coupling these inspiring teachings with grounded daily-life practices, this book is a source of renewal for anyone willing to move beyond their complacency and routine to ponder the wondrous possibilities that abound.” —Rodney Smith, author of Touching the Infinite

Publisher’s Description: 

An imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times, through the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or "perfections"--qualities that lead to kindness, wisdom, and an awakened life.

In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see whats hidden, and it shape-shifts realitys roiling twisting waves. In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or six perfectionsgenerosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understandingcan 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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