Books on Zen
By Norman Fischer. 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.
By Norman Fischer and Susan Moon. An accessible and enjoyable introduction to Zen Buddhist practice—in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format—by two highly regarded teacher-writers.
By what narrow path is the ineffable silence of Zen cleft by the scratch of a pen? The distilled insights of forty years, Norman Fischer’s Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion is a collection of essays by Zen master Fischer about experimental writing as a spiritual practice.
Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called "slogans") as a way of generating compassion. Norman Fischer's commentary applies Zen wisdom to them and shows lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who'd just like to morph into the kind of person who's focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.
Homer’s Odyssey holds a timeless allure. It is an ancient story for every generation. Featuring thoughtful meditations, illuminating anecdotes from Fischer’s and his students’ lives, and stories from many wisdom traditions including Buddhist, Judaic, and Christian, Sailing Home breathes fresh air into a classic we thought we knew, revealing its profound guidance for the modern seeker.
This engaging contemplation of maturity addresses the long neglected topic of what it means to grow up, and provides a hands–on guide for skilfully navigating the demands of our adult lives.
Edited by Patrick Henry, with an afterword by David Steindl-rast. A dialogue between Zen priest Norman Fisher, meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein, professor Judith Simmer-Brown, and Yifa, a nun of the Chinese Buddhist tradition, on Saint Benedict's Rule—a set of guidelines that has governed Christian monastic life since the sixth century.
“In Jerusalem Moonlight Judaism and Buddhism do not easily commingle, but the tension between them sparkles with buoyancy, celebrating this modern, mysterious intersection of two ancient traditions.” — Eve Marko