Norman Fischer is a Zen priest and the director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, an online community with a physical presence in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki.
Fischer is also a poet, and his experience of writing poetry – along with his considerable and...
The Buddha's parable of the poisoned arrow warns against being distracted when urgent action is necessary. The later Zen masters developed lightening fast ways of removing these arrows from their followers.
Schools of Mahayana looked to theories of 'Mind' to explain the nature of reality. Here Norman Fischer tells the story of how one surrealist poet saved lives by altering reality through the power of imagination.
Master Torei concludes his preface with Turning the Wheel of the Dharma. He neatly sums up the Hakuin method of Zen training and the importance of raising 'seedlings' to carry the Dharma into the future.