Online Retreat

How to be a Bodhisattva: Zen Insights on the Way of Compassion 

In this daylong retreat, we’ll explore teachings about the Bodhisattva path—the way of friendliness and compassion. We’ll consider the character traits of bodhisattvas, beings who practice diligently with an altruistic spirit, leaving no one out, and we’ll study a short text of Dogen, the 13th Century founder of Soto Zen, called “The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance.” This poetic text offers four practices designed to awaken the bodhisattva spirit: generosity, kind speech, beneficial action, and identity action. We’ll spend time experiencing Dogen’s words through meditation and writing. Our time together will also include sitting and walking meditation, discussion, and Q&A. This will be an informal day for experienced practitioners and beginners alike.

Teaching Team

Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer

Teacher

Norman Fischer is a poet, author, and Zen Buddhist priest. A former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, he is founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation

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