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 "an adult" and 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.
He is a renowned Zen Priest, teacher, poet & abbot, associated with the famous San Francisco Zen Center for thirty years. He recently founded the Everyday Zen Foundation through which he organizes lectures & retreats for Zen students & the general public. He is actively involved in interfaith dialogue, mentoring of youth & workplace issues. He has joined His Holiness, the Dali Lama, at many national & international conferences.