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MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS SUTRA Teachings by Norman Fischer

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Just putting the finishing touches on Mountains and Rivers Sutra: Teachings by Norman Fischer, edited by Kuya Minogue, due out in March 2020. The Mountains and Rivers Sutra is one of 93 essays of Dogen, the great 13th century Zen Master, collected in a work called, The Shobogenzo. “Shobogenzo” means, “Treasury of the True Dharma Eye.” Dogen’s essay expressing the reality of the enlightened mind in the poetic natural imagery of his time is a classic of spiritual literature and an essential text for deep Zen practice to this day. In these talks given at the Upaya Zen Center in 2012, Norman Fischer presents Dogen’s medieval essay in language understandable to us...

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Pyrrho's Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism

Just working on the cover for Pyrrho's Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism by Douglas C. Bates (, due out later this spring. Pyrrho traveled with Alexander the Great to India in the time of Nagarjuna and had the opportunity to study with Buddhist sages there. Upon his return to Greece, he drew upon the philosophy of the Skeptics to re-envision Madhyamaka Buddhism in a way that would make sense to his contemporaries. Pyrrho's Way provides a practical application of Pyrrho's philosophy, bringing his interpretation of Buddhism to life for our modern age. [If you are interested in the scholarly context,...

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My Buddhistdoor columns 1 and 2

Engaged Buddhism Practice! Sumeru Books

Buddhistdoor asked me to do a monthly column for 2020, based on my recent book, Bodhisattva 4.0: A Primer for Engaged Buddhists. The articles are extended adaptations of 12 of the topics from the 108 in the book, one from each chapter, along with the books, websites and magazine articles that provide resources for further study and networking. Here's the link to the first two columns: HAPPINESS and MAGIC.

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The Zen Priestess and the Snake

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Currently editing The Zen Priestess and the Snake by Ilia Shinko Perez Roshi, due for autumn publication.

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Buddhist Studies conference in Toronto Feb 21-23 2020

Buddhist Studies Conferences Toronto

New Paths in Teaching Buddhist Studies is a three-day conference being hosted at the University of Toronto, sponsored by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and organized by professors Frances Garrett and Sarah Richardson. A limited number of spots are available for people to attend the conference via video link. There are also two public keynote addresses, on Thursday and Friday night. Registration is via Eventbrite. Here is the link to the event website:

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