by Norman Fischer
“The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path” is an amazing book that describes the benefits of imagination. Norman Fischer is the author of this marvellous book. Norman is a poet, translator, and director of the Everyday Zen Foundation. Norman Fischer offers us a vision of the human imagination as a spiritual practice and a source of both courage and love. The World Could Be Otherwise includes a useful guide to the Bodhisattva path. The author points out that the bodhisattva goals are impossible to achieve. They can be just imagined and used as inspiration.
The bodhisattva practice includes the six faultlessness and the six practices that build to improve characters. These six points which names are ethical conduct, patience, meditation, generosity, joyful effort, and understanding. The author describing each practice in his book also offers suggestions for meditation practices and daily activities that support each of these perfections. One of the most specific Fischer practices is, he practices himself. Fischer writing is too clear and more charming. All in all, The World Could Be Otherwise is a helpful book for anyone who interested in Zen Buddhism.