The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

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Author/Contributor(s): Fischer, Norman
Publisher: Shambhala
Date: 04/30/2019
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
An imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times, through the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or perfections--qualities that lead to kindness, wisdom, and an awakened life.

In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see what's hidden, and it shape-shifts reality's roiling twisting waves. In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or "six perfections"--generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding--can help us reconfigure the world we live in.

Ranging from our everyday concerns about relationships, ethics, and consumption to our artistic inspirations and broadest human yearnings, Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.