The 2014 Practice Period is closed to new applications. Registered participants can click this link to the Practice Period page to access information and the schedule.
Norman's booklength poem, "escape this crazy life of tears: japan 2010" is out from Tinfish Press (Hawaii), and available for purchase online. It's a poetic diary, with photos, of a pilgrimage to Japan taken by senior priests and teachers of the Everyday Zen sangha in 2010.
InsightLA is excited to welcome Zoketsu Norman Fischer as a guest teacher for our Fearless Compassionate Care (FCC) program, which trains participants to teach one-day mindfulness retreats to professional health caregivers. This morning session on "Compassion in Action" is open to the public.
"I was at sesshin at Mar de Jade in Mexico when I learned of the death of Peter Matthiessen. I knew him as Muryo, Zen priest. Sad. I am sorry I won’t see him again. As always you think 'why didn’t I call or write or visit that one last time?' Now I can't. But Peter was 86, had had a good full long life, had cancer, was battling with it, knew what was in store for him and was OK with it. So as these things go, he was lucky, and there is nothing to regret.
"I guess the past is interesting exactly because it’s a mystery. Uncovering new facts and new perspectives toward clarifying what will essentially remain unknown (the past) is a quixotic pursuit that is fascinating and compelling—all the more so given that we all instinctively know that the quest for the past is a quest for ourselves."