Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion by Norman Fischer

By Norman Fischer

By what slender direction is the ineffable silence of Zen cleft through the scratch of a pen? The distilled insights of 40 years, Norman Fischer’s Experience: considering, Writing, Language, and Religion is a suite of essays via Zen grasp Fischer approximately experimental writing as a religious practice.

 

Raised in a Conservative Jewish kin, Fischer embraced the dual practices of Zen Buddhism and leading edge poetics in San Francisco within the early Nineteen Seventies. His paintings contains unique poetry, descriptions of Buddhist perform, translations of the Hebrew psalms, and eclectic writings on a variety of issues from Homer to Heidegger to Kabbalah. either Buddhist priest and player in avant-garde poetry’s Language stream, Fischer has limned the fertile affinities and inventive contradictions among Zen and writing, amassing 4 a long time of wealthy insights he stocks in Experience.

 

Fischer’s paintings has been deeply enriched via his collaborations with prime rabbis, poets, artists, esteemed Zen Buddhist practitioners, Trappist priests, and popular Buddhist leaders, between them the Dalai Lama. by myself and with others, he has carried on a deep and sustained research into the intersection of writing and realization as knowledgeable by means of meditation.

 

The essays during this artfully curated assortment variety throughout divers, interesting subject matters equivalent to time, the center Sutra, God within the Hebrew psalms, the superb “uselessness” of paintings making, “late paintings” as a class of poetic appreciation, and the delicate and doubtful proposal of “religious experience.” From the theoretical to the revealingly own, Fischer’s essays, interviews, and notes aspect towards a dramatic enlargement of the experience of spiritual feeling in writing.

 

Readers who sign up for Fischer in this course in Experience can become aware of how language isn't really an outline of expertise, yet particularly an event itself: transferring, indefinite, and essential.

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