Reviews and Press:
~ Michael Gray, Caduceus. issue 87
Charles S. Fisher takes us across several continents and 25 centuries, as he retraces the migratory path of a radical traditional of Buddhism. Determined to recreate the context in which the Buddha became enlightened, we move far beyond urban centres where monastic study, doctrine, and Buddhist scriptures have evolved, to examine the ways of more solitary practitioners living in the wild.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Call to Awaken, May 5, 2014
Robert Bussewitz "Buzz Bussewitz" (Boston, MA) –
I found this book both inspiring and insightful, as I did the earlier volume in this two part set. While the author’s research is itself impressive - giving us the historical overview of how meditation and/with nature (wild especially) have served as both means and ends in leading seekers and sages to understanding and great wisdom - his greater contribution lies in his having shared his own “interpretation” of nature. This is done, of course, in the drawing of historical data, but significantly as well, by Fisher’s ability to draw from his own personal anecdotal material. This will give you pause, and at times a chuckle. This is what for me gives this book its special flavor and its greatest value. Thus, for me, as one who calls himself both a “meditator” and a "nature person" the book affirms and stimulates me to go "deeper" and be more fearless in my practice/investigation.
By Ronald J Burlick on December 8, 2014
I have had the pleasure and privilege of being instructed by Charlie in meditation, being taught Buddhist dharma, and accompanying him on walks in nature. And now I have read about how the original forest monks practiced in solitude and seclusion in a world that no longer exists, but the principles of which are still pertinent today. His eye is keen in observing the details of Chinese landscape paintings, his scholarship is broad in discussing the origins of Buddhism and meditation, and it is simply fascinating to read his selection of Japanese poetry and listen to him analyze those selections to reveal how the monk/practitioners may or may not actually have practiced in the wild. And, wonder of wonders, I now know how to respond to those ineffable Zen koans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than its title suggests, March 6, 2014
M. L. Reynolds "lance reynolds" (Alameda, CA USA) –
Being neither a trained Buddhist nor a Buddhist scholar I offer this first Amazon review with great humility, particularly in view of the strong endorsements on the jacket from Jack Kornfeld and Wade Davis. The book is a veritable cornucopia of Buddhist history and the varieties of Buddhism from its beginnings in India to its present day incarnation in the San Francisco Bay region. I shall be feasting on it for months to come. I have learned more about Buddhism and its many flavors in the few days that I have been reading it than in ten years of ad hoc reading. Charles Fisher's scholarship is immense, yet conveyed lucidly for the layman. I am more than grateful to him.
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in Good Shape, March 24, 2014
John Mattson (Providence, RI United States) –
A most amazing book with interesting look at the lives of those who took nature deeper into their meditation and lives as Buddhist practitioners...
*Snarling Puma (Mountain Lion) courtesy of Ginny Fifield.
The Buddha in is the meditation dome of the San Juan Center which was run by Dhiravamsa. It is now the lair of the Sea Shepard Society.
Portrait of the author by Lisa Bleier
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