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The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and Tikkun Olam

  • The Santa Monica Synagogue 1448 18th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA (map)

Inevitably. moving into the High Holidays season, it's a good time to tune ourselves to ourselves, to look within. This daylong meditation retreat will feature silent sitting and walking meditation, Jewish chanting, and talks by and discussion with Norman Fischer based on his new book. The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path. (Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the retreat).

Although the book is based on Buddhist concepts, Norman is also a seasoned teacher of Jewish meditation and will focus the material on the Jewish practice of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. What would it mean for us to have a change of heart, a change of attitude, so that we would be “priests among the nations?” This is the question before us, in our time. No experience in meditation necessary, and all are welcome.

Registration Fee: (including vegetarian lunch)  $85
Early-Bird Registration (By September 1, 5 PM) $75

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest and he has also been active in the Jewish Meditation movement since the 1990s, working at first with Rabbi Alan Lew, and now with rabbis and Jewish meditation teachers from around the world.  In January 2000, he and Rabbi Lew founded Makor Or, a Jewish Meditation Center in San Francisco, which Fischer continues to direct in the wake of Rabbi Lew's 2009 death.  For many years he has taught at the San Francisco Zen Center, the oldest and largest of the new Buddhist organizations in the West, where he served as Co-abbot from 1995-2000.  In addition to his most recent The World Could Be Otherwise, Norman Fischer is the author of Opening To You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms, and.numerous other books.