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Norman Fischer

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Norman Fischer: Everyday Mind is the Way

Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast

In this Wednesday evening Dharma Talk, Roshi Norman Fischer speaks on case # 19, Ordinary Mind is the Tao. He dedicates the talk to the passing of his teacher Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi and speaks to how like Chao-chou who lived a very long time and began teaching late in life, he had nothing to prove. […]


25 Jan 2021

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Behind the Music | Norman Fischer

With One Accord

Join us on a musical journey where love and melodic harmony intertwine, with The Shepherd School of Music Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, Norman Fischer! Get to know more about Norman as he and arts and culture expert St. John Flynn chat about his early musical influences, his time as a member of the Concord String Quartet and extraordinary journey with the Fischer Duo and his participation in the recording process of Grammy® Award-winning album Duruflé: Complete Choral Works. Watch or listen to the episode and take a take a glimpse into his musical taste in this Spotify Playlist!


16 Oct 2020

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Norman Fischer: Fall Practice Period: Full Inclusion in the Heart and Lotus Sutra

Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast

“The Buddha way is about radical freedom in this world and radical love in this world which is so resistant to freedom and love. To hold on to a fixed truth is to limit this love in this world and to be bound by that truth.” – Norman Fischer In this Fall Practice Period Dharma […]


9 Oct 2020

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

Zen Commuter

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 Sponsors: Amazon.com - Shop Amazon using this link and a portion of what you spend will go back to the show. Become a Super-Fan of the Show Support ZEN commuter and get access to patron bonuses THANKS FOR LISTENING! Thanks again for listening to the show! If it has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons you see on the page. Also, reviews for the podcast on iTunes are extremely helpful, they help it reach a wider audience.  The more positive reviews the higher in the rankings it goes.  Of course that means more peace in the world.  So please let me know what you think.  I read ever one of them. Did you enjoy the podcast?


16 Sep 2020

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#12 Fr. Norman Fischer - St. Peter Claver, Lexington Catholic - Racism in the World Today

Deacons Discussions Drinks

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.Deacons Discussions Drinks is live video and podcast produced by Ss. Francis and John Catholic Parish in Georgetown, KY.  You can find all of our videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3egzlm1yQhnHEl7aYsPmV9tFbuN392QUSubscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtBj...We broadcast Deacons Discussions Drinks every Friday.  We talk with our parishioners so we can become a better family.  We mix in some national Catholic personalities so we can expand our horizons.  And occasionally we will talk about doctrine.  We will also be doing live shows on the road soon.  So please subscribe!!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/deacons)

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14 Jun 2020

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Featuring Norman Fischer - Story & Psalm 22

Rav Ariel

A story about Psalms, the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton and a reading of Psalm 22 by Norman Fischer


5 Jun 2020

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Suffering in a Perfect World (Zoketsu Norman Fischer)

Seattle Soto Zen

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: https://seattlesotozen.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/1177

17 May 2020

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323: Norman Fischer on Spiritual Growth through Imagination

The One You Feed

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.If you are interested in learning more about how to integrate and embody spiritual principles into the moments of your daily life, Eric teaches people how to do just that in his 1-on-1 Spiritual Habits Program. Click here to learn more.Need help with completing your goals in 2020? The One You Feed Transformation Program can help you accomplish your goals this year.But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!In This Interview, Norman Fischer and I discuss Spiritual Growth through Imagination and…His book, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva PathRedefining imagination and discovering it’s prevalence and role in lifeThe role of imagination in spiritual pathsHow we don’t see the world exactly as it is, but rather through filtersLoosening our grasp on what we think of as absolute realityConstructing useful stories in our mind rather than living by our default storiesThe essential ways in which imagination enriches the experience of our livesWhen we realize we are making our lives for ourselves, we have the power to make it differentlyThe Bodhisattva: A Buddha in trainingCompassion, Love and Service for the benefit of othersThe Bodhisattva PathThe myth of separateness and the truth of interconnection and loveThat holding two (seemingly contradictory) ideas in our mind at one time offers us depth perceptionHow ideals can inspire us rather than put pressure on usThe disease of perfectionismHow to engage in “Joyful Effort” when you don’t feel very joyful and don’t have much effort to sparePatience: Just keep going and be of benefit to othersTurning toward what’s arising: facing it, embracing it, breathing into it and going forward with itThe problematic nature of favoring one’s own suffering over the suffering of othersNorman Fischer Links:normanfischer.orgPoems by Norman FischerEssays by Norman FischerBest Fiends: Engage your brain and play a game of puzzles with Best Fiends. Download for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Blinkist: Do you have an ever-growing list of books to read? Blinkist can help! With thousands of non-fiction books distilled down to their most salient points that you can consume in 15 minutes or less (audio available too!) go to www.blinkist.com/wolf for a 7-day free trial and then save 25% off your new subscription if you decide to sign up!Talkspace: the online therapy company that lets you connect with a licensed therapist from anywhere at any time. Therapy on demand. Non-judgemental, practical help when you need it at a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy. Visit www.talkspace.com and enter Promo Code: WOLF to get $100 off your first month.If you enjoyed this conversation with Norman Fischer on Spiritual Growth through Imagination, you might also enjoy these other episodes:Shinzen YoungRobert WrightBenjamin Shalva


10 Mar 2020

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224. Norman Fischer (zen priest, poet) – the only way out of the catastrophe we’re in

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

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. – Jason Gots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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14 Dec 2019

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Talk by Norman Fischer “The World Could Be Otherwise”

Village Zendo Teacher Talks

Visiting teacher Norman Fischer examines the role of imagination in the Bodhisattva path. Recorded October 15th, 2019.


16 Oct 2019