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Sailing Home: Using Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 3, 2008
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"It is not so easy to come home to yourself, although it may be the most important journey any of us will ever take. This profoundly inspiring book reminds us of why the cultivation of awareness and kindness is so necessary and so difficult. By exploring The Odyssey and tying it to the travails of our personal lives and to a very human understanding of Zen and Buddhist meditation from decades of practice and teaching, Norman Fischer brings it all to life, and us as well, so that we can remember what muses are best listened to, especially when we are so easily captivated by false dreams of security and attainment." -- Jon Kabat -Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and Arriving at Your Own Door
"Norman Fischer is a wise guide and wonderful companion who teaches us the essentials: that knowing when to set sail is an art in itself, and that our destinations will appear on the horizon when we are ready to see them." -- Priscilla Warner, coauthor of The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding
"Sailing Home is delightful and insightful. Reflecting on the wanderings of the wily Odysseus in light of the wisdom of the Zen tradition is surprisingly relevant to the modern heroic journey. The central narrative of Greek culture comes alive for modern readers."-- Sam Keen, author of Sightings and Fire in the Belly
"This book reminds us that the great literature of the world and the great religions of the world share something in common. They each reveal us to ourselves. Fischer focuses on the actual experience of our life as an odyssey -- a journey toward our unknown fulfillment, which is welling up in the ground beneath our feet." -- James Finley, author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere and The Contemplative Heart
About the Author
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.
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Blessings for your journey home. Joan Fenold
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Good account of several thousand years of wisdom with modern day applications...Published 18 months ago by J.T. Stewart Brown
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 on October 31, 2012 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