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If you've been waiting for High Holiday tickets to go on sale you know about patience! (scroll down for more on that).

Kshanti paramita (patient forbearance) (Hebrew: orekh apayim) : bodisattvas know that difficulty is inevitable. Like anyone else, they try to prevent it when they can, but when they cannot they practice patient forbearance, learning to transform anger, grief, fear, and other afflictive emotions into the path.


Learn more by registering for the September 8 retreat with Norman Fischer. Early Bird registration ends September 1

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September 8, 2019, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

The World Could Be Otherwise:
Imagination and Tikkun Olam
A Day-Long Jewish Meditation Retreat
No experience in meditation necessary, and all are welcome.
In our rough times all of us have to be spiritual warriors, bodhisattvas (Hebrew:  lokhem ruakhni) , beings who work for the benefit of others, and who do so based on an uplifting, imaginative, and wide vision of what this world is and what is possible in it.

Our retreat will focus on Norman's just-out book, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path.

(Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the retreat).
The main practice of bodhisattvas is the six paramitas (perfections, Hebrew: midot), six activities to be cultivated with sincerity and refinement over a life time. The book details teachings about each of the six practices, and gives suggestions for working with them. The six are: Generosity, Ethical Conduct, Patient Forebearance, Enthusiastic Effort, Meditation, and Trancendent Wisdom.

Location: Santa Monica Synagogue, Santa Monica, CA


Time:  9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (One-hour break for lunch)

Registration Fee: (including vegetarian lunch)  $85
Early-Bird Registration (By September 1, 5 PM) $75

Register Here for the Retreat
Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest and he has also been active in the Jewish Meditation movement since the 1990s, working at first with Rabbi Alan Lew, and now with rabbis and Jewish meditation teachers from around the world.  In January 2000, he and Rabbi Lew founded Makor Or, a Jewish Meditation Center in San Francisco, which Fischer continues to direct in the wake of Rabbi Lew's 2009 death.  For many years he has taught at the San Francisco Zen Center, the oldest and largest of the new Buddhist organizations in the West, where he served as Co-abbot from 1995-2000.  In addition to his most recent The World Could Be Otherwise, Norman Fischer is the author of Opening To You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms, and numerous other books.

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