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Norman Fischer Podcasts

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32 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Norman Fischer. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Norman Fischer, often where they are interviewed.

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32 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Norman Fischer. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Norman Fischer, often where they are interviewed.

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1507: What is a Body by Norman Fischer - An update

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Norman Fischer of The Lion's Roar wrote an amazing piece that talks about the perception of the body, real or imagined.  I share it again with new insights for this time.  Enjoy

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Sep 16 2020 · 20mins
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#12 Fr. Norman Fischer - St. Peter Claver, Lexington Catholic - Racism in the World Today

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The Deacons sat down with Fr. Norman Fischer, Parish Priest from St. Peter Calver in Lexington.  Fr. Norman is also the Chaplain for Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington.  We discussed racism and related current events pulsating through our country and communities.

We did have a video glitch in the last ten minutes of the broadcast.  The audio is there, but we stretched the video to make it work out.

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Jun 14 2020 · 1hr 7mins
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Featuring Norman Fischer - Story & Psalm 22

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A story about Psalms, the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton and a reading of Psalm 22 by Norman Fischer
Jun 05 2020 · 24mins
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Suffering in a Perfect World (Zoketsu Norman Fischer)

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May 17, 2020 - Guest speaker Norman Fischer uses the story of Zhaozhou's Dog to speak on the quandary of our imperfection in perfectly-created world. This talk is also presented in video here:
May 17 2020 ·
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Buddhism, Racism, and Jazz (Zoketsu Norman Fischer)

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May 15 2020 ·
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Norman Fischer: A Poet’s Path to Awakening

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For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Norman Fischer, American poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest. Norman is the author of many popular books including his most recent publication, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path. In this fascinating conversation, you’ll hear Norman share stories from his own spiritual journey—from aspiring young poet living in the woods of Northern California, to meditation teacher and celebrated writer. Norman talks about how early encounters with death predisposed him to religious and philosophical inquiry, and how reading the existentialists would pave the way for a fascination with Zen. You’ll also hear Norman discuss the topic of doubt. Rather than providing faith or certainty, Buddhism for Norman provides a path—a set of questions in which we discover what life is and who we are. Lastly, Norman talks about what it means to be a teacher of the Dharma, as well as his own relationship to himself as a teacher of Buddhism.

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May 01 2020 · 59mins
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323: Norman Fischer on Spiritual Growth through Imagination

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Norman Fischer is a poet, author, Zen Buddhist teacher and priest. He’s a graduate of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop and he’s been publishing poetry since 1979. He’s the author of 17 books of poetry, 6 books of prose on Zen and religion as well as numerous articles and essays. In this episode, Eric and Norman discuss his book, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path.

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In This Interview, Norman Fischer and I discuss Spiritual Growth through Imagination and…

  • His book, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path
  • Redefining imagination and discovering it’s prevalence and role in life
  • The role of imagination in spiritual paths
  • How we don’t see the world exactly as it is, but rather through filters
  • Loosening our grasp on what we think of as absolute reality
  • Constructing useful stories in our mind rather than living by our default stories
  • The essential ways in which imagination enriches the experience of our lives
  • When we realize we are making our lives for ourselves, we have the power to make it differently
  • The Bodhisattva: A Buddha in training
  • Compassion, Love and Service for the benefit of others
  • The Bodhisattva Path
  • The myth of separateness and the truth of interconnection and love
  • That holding two (seemingly contradictory) ideas in our mind at one time offers us depth perception
  • How ideals can inspire us rather than put pressure on us
  • The disease of perfectionism
  • How to engage in “Joyful Effort” when you don’t feel very joyful and don’t have much effort to spare
  • Patience: Just keep going and be of benefit to others
  • Turning toward what’s arising: facing it, embracing it, breathing into it and going forward with it
  • The problematic nature of favoring one’s own suffering over the suffering of others

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Mar 10 2020 · 46mins
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224. Norman Fischer (zen priest, poet) – the only way out of the catastrophe we’re in

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The other day on social media a friend asked what the heck is up with this Mr. Rogers revival. Why does everyone suddenly love this guy so much? Moments before, I had been listening to a new podcast about Dolly Parton, and her weird, almost saintlike ability to bring people together across cultural divides. In a moment of deep mistrust and cynicism, there’s this hunger for people and things worth believing in. 

I’ve also got Bodhisattvas on the brain lately. In Mahayana Buddhism, Bodhisattvas are the embodiment of compassion. Absolute compassion for all living things, even those that really piss us off. 

THE WORLD COULD BE OTHERWISE: the Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path is a wonderful new book by my guest today, poet, Zen priest, and translator Norman Fischer. It’s a collection of thoughts and practices for becoming Bodhisattvas ourselves, warts and all.

A Bodhisattva commits to the impossible for the benefit of everyone. “beings are numberless: I vow to save them all.” According to Norman and a couple thousand years of Buddhist tradition, we can do this too. 

Boddhisattvas or saints, Dolly and Fred Rogers possibly included, are needed at all times and places. But right now, when trust and kindness are in short supply, we maybe need them—and need to embody them—more than ever. 

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Dec 14 2019 · 1hr 1min
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Talk by Norman Fischer “The World Could Be Otherwise”

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Visiting teacher Norman Fischer examines the role of imagination in the Bodhisattva path. Recorded October 15th, 2019.
Oct 16 2019 · 39mins
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Norman Fischer - The World Could Be Otherwise

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Norman Fischer, acclaimed author, poet, and Soto Zen priest (formerly co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center) visits the San Antonio Zen Center to present his new book, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path and give a dharma talk about the power of imagination.


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Aug 06 2019 · 1hr 9mins