Latest News and Featured Events

  • What is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind, by Norman Fischer and Susan Moon, is now out from Shambhala Press. A conversation between two longtime dharma friends, the book is a wonderful response to this mysterious and ultimately unanswerable question. 
  • Norman’s long-awaited collection of essays, Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language & Religion, is now available from University of Alabama Press. These essays, which trace the history of Norman's thoughts on experimental writing as a spiritual practice, represent the distilled insights of a lifetime spent immersed in words and Zen. 

  • We're excited to announce the launch of Norman Fischer Books, a new website dedicated to Norman's published poetry and prose. The site contains a beautifully curated selection of essays and poems, reviews and recordings, as well as an events calendar with listings of Norman's book-related readings and workshops. We hope you enjoy it!

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Bay Area Practice Period

Bay Area Practice Period
  Our eleventh annual Bay Area Practice Period is set to begin on Sunday, September 13, 2015, and will run until Sunday, November 22, 2014. Please read on if you want to consider… http://everydayzen.org/programs/bay-area-practice-period/

Working With Dying - Zen Hospice Project

Working With Dying - Zen Hospice Project
Zen Hospice Project offers spiritually based volunteer care for dying patients at Laguna Honda Hospital and Laguna Grove Care in San Francisco, as well as public education events … http://everydayzen.org/programs/working-dying-zen-hospice-project/

Zen Sesshin and Sittings

Zen Sesshin and Sittings
Sitting in the traditional Soto Zen style in a retreat setting is a powerful and central part of our work at Everyday Zen. Monthly one-day sits in the Bay Area and 3 to 4 week lon… http://everydayzen.org/programs/zen-sesshin-and-sittings/

Working To Resolve Conflict

Working To Resolve Conflict
For some years now Zoketsu has been working with lawyers Jack Himmelstein and Gary Friedman, who train lawyers and other professionals in mediation and conflict resolution. Their … http://everydayzen.org/programs/working-resolve-conflict/

Training of Zen priests and lay leaders

Training of Zen priests and lay leaders
The training of Zen priests and lay leaders: As a Soto Zen priest with Dharma Transmission in the line of Shunryu Suzuki, Zoketsu ordains and works with Buddhist priests in the Ba… http://everydayzen.org/programs/training-zen-priests-and-lay-leaders/

The Lawyers' Project

The Lawyers' Project
Norman does regular retreats with lawyers committed to mindfulness and reconciliation. This article in the California Bar Journal gives an example of this exciting work. http://everydayzen.org/programs/lawyers-project/

The Lotus Sangha

The Lotus Sangha
The Lotus Sangha in Sebastopol Calif. is a woman's sitting group that meets weekly for zazen, a dharma talk and discussion, as well as for longer retreats and classes. It is lead … http://everydayzen.org/programs/lotus-sangha/

Red Cedar Zen Community Programs

Red Cedar Zen Community Programs
The Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham, Washington has been sitting since 1991 with weekly zazen and one day retreats and classes with Resident Priest Nomon Tim Burnett, and re… http://everydayzen.org/programs/red-cedar-zen-community-programs/

Spiritual Counseling

Spiritual Counseling
Everyday Zen and buddhist teachings recognize the inherent interconnection of the spiritual and the psychological--the natural goodness and wholeness of our fundamental nature and… http://everydayzen.org/programs/spiritual-counseling/

Norman's Books and Writing

Norman's Books and Writing
Norman is a poet and writer. His articles have appeared in many Buddhist and non Buddhist publictions over the years and his twelve books of poetry and prose are known by many spi… http://everydayzen.org/programs/normans-books-and-writing/

Mountain Rain Zen Community Programs

Mountain Rain Zen Community Programs
The Mountain Rain Zen Community, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has zazen twice a week and weekend retreats with Norman and other Soto teachers. The Resident Priests are M… http://everydayzen.org/programs/mountain-rain-zen-community-programs/

Montara Mountain Zendo

Montara Mountain Zendo
Montara Mountain Zendo is a community of Zen practioners in the Soto Zen tradition located in Pacifica, California. Our guiding teacher is Chris Fortin, who has received dharma tr… http://everydayzen.org/programs/montara-mountain-zendo/

Salt Spring Zen Circle

Salt Spring Zen Circle
The Salt Spring Zen Circle, on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, offers weekly Wednesday night zazen, as well as half-day study retreats and two four-day sesshin, in the spring and … http://everydayzen.org/programs/salt-spring-zen-circle/

Metta Institute - End of Life Counselor Training

Metta Institute - End of Life Counselor Training
The Metta Institute (previously named the Alaya Institute) was founded by the Zen Hospice Project Founding Director, Frank Ostaseski, to provide innovative education on spirituali… http://everydayzen.org/programs/metta-institute-end-life-counselor-training/

Mar de Jade Programs

Mar de Jade Programs
Mar de Jade is a retreat center on the beach at Chacala, a small fishing village near Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. Here, Mexican and American students gather twice each year, in early… http://everydayzen.org/programs/mar-de-jade-programs/

Honoring the Path of the Warrior

Honoring the Path of the Warrior
Honoring the Path of the Warrior is a program that assists post-deployed veterans in making a positive transition from military to civilian life. We provide research-based mind… http://everydayzen.org/programs/honoring-path-warrior/

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Upcoming Events

May 04
may 4,11,18,25. topic: Stories from the Book of Serenity
May 08
A retreat of silent mindfulness meditation practice and the practices of compassion
May 10
Norman will participate in James Baraz’s Awakening Joy class
May 11
may 4,11,18,25. topic: Stories from the Book of Serenity
May 14
Weekend retreat at Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo with White Heron Sangha with Norman and Kathie Fischer
May 18
may 4,11,18,25. topic: Stories from the Book of Serenity
May 19
Norman will participate at the Skagit River poetry Festival
May 22
One Day Retreat lead by Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 25
Sixteen Bodhisattva Precept Study Group

may 4,11,18,25. topic: Stories from the Book of Serenity

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