What would you do with the power of transcendent wisdom?
Transcendent wisdom(Hebrew: khokhma ne-ela) is the crowning jewel of a spiritual warrior.Its power pervades all the other five practices and turns them into "perfections." With the eye of transcendent wisdom spiritual warriors see a world of beauty and possibility, even in the midst of great sorrow. They see love wherever they look. They see that everything is empty of itself and full of everything else. We are all connected.
Elul Preparation for High Holidays
This Sunday get ready to experience transcendent wisdom and all the 6 practices in this special Elul meditation retreat with a master spiritual teacher.
September 8, 2019,
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
at the Santa Monica Synagogue
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, (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 is the six perfections (Hebrew: midot), six activities to be cultivated with sincerity and refinement over a lifetime. The book details teachings about each of the six practices, and gives suggestions for working with them. The six are: Generosity, Ethical Conduct, Patient Forbearance, Enthusiastic Effort, Meditation, and Transcendent 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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Rosh Hashana Services
September 29 — October 1, 2019 Yom Kippur Services October 8 — 9
Rabbi 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.