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October 11, 2019—October 13, 2019

Norman Fischer and Ruth Ozeki: The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here.

The human imagination is one of planet earth’s greatest untapped natural resources. Join Zen priests and writers Norman Fischer and Ruth Ozeki (Norman is a poet, Ruth is a prize-winning novelist) for a weekend of cultivating the imagination. We will practice writing, sitting and walking meditation, and contemplate the bodhisattva path of compassion and caring. Based on Norman’s book by the same title, discussion will focus on the six practices of a bodhisattva: generosity, ethical conduct, joyful effort, patience, meditation, and transcendent wisdom. 


Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. He is one of the senior Zen teachers in America. The latest of his more than twenty-five prose and poetry titles are The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path, and Untitled Series: Life As It Is and On a Train at Night. In 2000 he retired as co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center to found The Everyday Zen Foundation, an international network of Buddhist groups and social projects.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her most recent novel, A Tale for the Time-Being (2013), won the LA Times Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and has been published in over thirty countries. Her work of personal non-fiction, The Face: A Time Code (2016), was published by Restless Books as part of their groundbreaking series called The Face.

Ruth’s documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country.

A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth was ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She currently teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities in the Department of English Language and Literature.

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