Training in Compassion

Interview with Norman Fischer: God is a Three-Letter Word


In Judaism as I knew it there was no theology; there were just stories. You read stories in the Torah every week—stories about people trying to engage God—not because they believed but because God was involved in their lives as a fact: experientially.


Sue Moon, "Interview with Norman Fischer: God is a Three-Letter Word," Inquiring Mind, Vol 30, No. 1, Fall 2013.

A New Perspective on an Ancient Practice: An Interview with Zoketsu Norman Fischer


I have long felt that as a Mahayana school Zen is all about compassion-but since the Chinese monks who developed the tradition's style assumed compassion teachings and didn't feel they had to emphasize them, Zen literature contains only a few explicit teachings on compassion. So Western Zen practitioners need a remedial course, and lojong brilliantly fills the bill.



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Books on Zen