Meditation in the Wild

New for January 2014 on Changemakers Books (imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd), Meditation in the Wild by Charles S. Fisher Ph.D. – A history of Raw Nature as the Buddha’s first teacher, inspiring some followers to retreat there in search of truth.

Author:  For thirty years Charlie Fisher was a professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. He taught courses on the history of science, ethnography, environmental history and meditation. Charlie has spent time in wild places and months in silent meditation. His first book, “Dismantling Discontent: Buddha’s Way Through Darwin’s World,” explored mind, evolution, meditation and modern civilization. He lives in Woodacre, California where he teaches Meditation and leads natural-history field trips.


I think Meditation in the Wilds will find a large audience among the growing number of readers of books on meditation. Jack Kornfied Ph.D. founding teacher at Spirit Meditation Center.


  • eBook £6.99 || $9.99
  • Jan 31, 2014. 978-1-78099-691-2.
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  • Paperback £12.99 || $22.95
  • Jan 31, 2014. 978-1-78099-692-9.
  • Intriguing and insightful, Meditation in the Wild hits a sweet spot between Buddhism and the environment. Charlie Fisher asserts that Buddhist practice must be understood in the context of closeness with wild nature – the context in which Buddha himself attained enlightenment. As a professor and a scholar, Charlie has clearly broken new ground. Through a detailed exploration of he writings and stories of past Buddhist masters, he reveals the details of how wild nature aided their quest for enlightenment. As a man (and longtime meditator) who has himself lived close to the wilderness much of his life, Charlie’s authentic connection to the wild shines through on every page, especially as he describes his close encounters with bears and wolves. The teaching tools of the wild are sometimes harsh: fear, cold, hunger, loneliness. Yet from them the sages learned to let go of ego, cease grasping, and find their place in the natural world. It’s a lesson all humanity must take to heart. ~ Tim Ward, author of What the Buddha Never Taught
  • As Buddhist meditation becomes ever more widely practiced today, it is vital to recognize its intimate connection to the natural world. In returning us to the sources of the tradition, Charles Fisher’s timely book affirms how mindfulness is inseparable from a heightened awareness of the sublime and fragile environment of which we are inextricably tied through every breath we take. ~ Stephen Batchelor, author of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
  • “….nature is fundamentally unreliable, mostly uncomfortable. Nature is too cold, too hot, too windy. It opens us to what is. That is the Dharma. We work with that.” This is just one of many kernels of wisdom Charlie Fisher reveals for us in his astonishing distillation of Buddhism’s fundamental connection to the natural world. For those who care about the environment, this book is an important reminder of the need for frequent, contemplative reconnection with nature in order to best protect it. ~ John Miceler, Eastern Himalayas Program Director