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.
Karen Armstrong charts the history of the conception of God from the Old Testament to Post-Enlightenment Europe and into the present. This extract deals with the 'Mystical God', which produced spiritual practices comparable to Hinduism & Buddhism.
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.