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July 18, 2020

Virtual Retreat: “Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path” with Norman Fischer

In this retreat we’ll sit, walk, listen to and discuss teachings by Norman Fischer about the bodhisattva path of the six paramitas (perfect virtues): generosity, ethical conduct, patience, energy, meditation, and transcendent wisdom. These six practices define the imaginative path of the bodhisattva — a spiritual hero fully dedicated to making effort for the benefit of others. We can all be bodhisattvas: we and the world could be otherwise. The retreat is based on Norman’s recent book of the same title. It will include some meditation instruction, time for breakout groups, and plenty of time for dialog with Norman. No experience in zen practice or meditation is necessary. All are welcome.

This Virtual Retreat will be conducted on Zoom from 10:00am – 5:000pm EST on Saturday, July 18th. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration closes at 9:00am EST on July 18th.


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 thirty 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 2021 Shamabhla Press will bring out his collection of essays and zen notes “When You Greet Me I Bow”. 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.

Registration Options

1 - Standard Registration Fee
2 - Uemployed/Retired/Student Fee