Synopses & Reviews
Growing up happens whether we like it or not, but maturity must be cultivated. Taking Our Places
provides the reasons why this cultivation is essential for our lives, and shows how we can go about achieving maturity. Drawing upon insights from both the Buddhist and Jewish traditions, renowned Zen teacher Norman Fischer addresses this long neglected subject in an engaging and accessible guide for skillfully navigating the ongoing demands of our adult lives.
Challenged to consider his own sense of maturity while mentoring a group of teenage boys, Fischer began to investigate our preconceptions about what it means to be an "adult." This book is the fruit of that research. In it the author shows how crucial true maturity is to leading an engaged, fulfilled life. He outlines the characteristics of a mature person, demonstrating how these attributes can help us successfully navigate the challenges we face and enrich all of our relationships. Exploring essential qualities such as awareness, responsibility, humor, acceptance, and humility, Taking Our Places brings a fresh, necessary and surprising perspective to what it means to be truly mature.
This engaging contemplation of maturity addresses the long neglected topic of what it means to grow up, and provides a hands–on guide for skilfully navigating the demands of our adult lives.
Growing up happens whether we like it or not, but maturity must be cultivated. Challenged to consider his own sense of maturity while mentoring a group of teenage boys, Fischer began to investigate our preconceptions about what it means to be adultߡnd shows how crucial true maturity is to leading an engaged, fulfilled life.
Taking Our Places details the marks of a mature person and shows how these attributes can help alleviate our suffering and enrich our relationships. Discussing such qualities as awareness, responsibility, humour, acceptance, and humility, Fischer brings a fresh, and at times surprising, new perspective that can turn old ideas on their heads and reinvigorate our understanding of what it means to be mature.
Draws on the author's experiences as a mentor to teenage boys to investigate cultural assumptions about adulthood, citing such qualities as awareness, responsibility, and humor as the marks of a mature person.
About the Author
Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, teacher, poet, former abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, and founder of The Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization created to broaden the reach of engaged Buddhist practice. Fischer leads retreats and workshops across the country and in Canada and Mexico. He is the author of Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms, and has published several books of poetry. In addition to giving Zen lectures and retreats, he leads Jewish meditation classes and is also actively involved in interfaith dialogue.