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Norman Fischer is one of the best-known Zen teachers in the country, both through his extensive teaching and traveling, and through his writing. In addition to his own retreats and events, Fischer participates frequently at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, the largest of all Western Buddhist establishments, where he gives frequent talks and leads retreats on creativity and interfaith issues, as well as on mediation and conflict resolution.
Fischer has been publishing in Buddhist magazines for many years, and is on the advisory board of BuddhaDharma magazine. His essays have been anthologized in many Buddhist and other spiritual books and have been included in every annual edition of the Best Buddhist Writing (Shambhala). He has written two books, Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms (Putnam, 2002) and Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up (HarperSF, 2003). A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he has been associated with the lively San Francisco Bay Area literary scene since the 1970s. Fischer has published a dozen collections of poetry; the most recent are Slowly But Dearly (Chax Press, 2003) and I Was Blown Back (Singing Horse Press, 2005).
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
To read this book is to be entertained, educated, and uplifted.
And now, Norman Joketsu Fischer gives us SAILING HOME. in which THE ODYSSEY becomes the ultimate spiritual journey through the hearts and minds of his readers.
This book is an interesting approach to applying ancient wisdom to modern life.
I love this book. Norman Fischer's writing is clear, lucid and engaging. Fischer has the ability, possibly due to his long and deep experience of meditation, to clarify as he... Read morePublished 16 months ago by CissyM
This book is a modern spiritual classic like few others. The basic conceit of the book is at once both strikingly original and strangely essential--a Buddhist reading of the... Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Michael Dow
When a friend phoned 4 days straight to read me sections of Sailing Home, I knew I needed my own copy. I ordered 2 more as holiday gifts for girlfriends. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Linda Missouri
One of the most profound books of any kind that I have read in my fifty years, including as a Ph.D. student in English many years ago. That's how wonderful it is.Published on October 1, 2011 by Plutonium57
This is one of the most helpful books I have read in years. Moving home literally (which is what I was in the process of doing)or as an internal process can evoke strong emotions,... Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by dsp
Just finished reading this after reading and very much enjoying Norman Fischer's "Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up" which is a more enjoyable read. Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Daisy Gatsby
In "Taking Our Places," Fischer writes in an anecdotal format--he is trying to get to know a small group of male teen-agers, about accepting
responsibility as a step in... Read more
THE ODYSSEY has been around a long time, since at least 800 BC. Each generation finds its own meaning in the tale of Odysseus, the lost sailor whose ten years of peregrinations... Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by Konrei
This book is simply a must-have: combining western cultural roots -the famous Oddessey- with eastern wisdom. There is a lot of soul in this one. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by G. Couwenbergh