Dana paramita (Hebrew: rakhavut / Yiddish: rakhves - generosity): to see the world and life as bountiful, inherently generous and regenerative, and to see these qualities are embeded in one's own body, mind, and breath. To practice generosity is to cultivate this feeling in meditation practice, and to go forth into the world with a generous heart and generous activity of all sorts.
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.
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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September 29 — October 1, 2019
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We are delighted to announce that Rev Tirzah Firestone leads us once again in prayer, chant, and contemplation to create a meaningful and inspiring Jewish High Holiday experience. Rev Tirzah will be joined by prayer leader, Evelyn Baran, and Cantor Marc Bachrach.
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