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  • 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.

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Bay Area Practice Period

Bay Area Practice Period
Our tenth annual Bay Area Practice Period is set to begin on Sunday, September 21, 2014, and will run until Sunday, November 23, 2014. Please read on if you want to consider jo… 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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

Jewish Meditation

Jewish Meditation
For many years Norman with his close friend and colleague the late Rabbi Alan Lew has taught Jewish meditation. This collaboration resulted in the Makor Or Jewish Meditation Retre… http://everydayzen.org/programs/jewish-meditation/

Grupo Zen de Puerto Vallarta

Grupo Zen de Puerto Vallarta
Coordinated by Anka Rick Spencer, the Puerto Compasivo ("port of compassion") (formerly Grupo Zen de Puerto Vallarta) is a Soto Zen practice group in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Most… http://everydayzen.org/programs/grupo-zen-de-puerto-vallarta/

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Upcoming Events

Oct 01
Sept 24 Oct 1,8,15,22 - Dharma Seminar. Topic "Suchness" (Oct 8 & 22 sessions lead by Andrea Jacoby, practice period Shuso) No meeting Oct 29
Oct 02
Annual Makor Or High Holidays Intensive Thursdays, September 4,11,18, October 2. 6:30-8:30pm at Congregation Beth Shalom in San Francisco with Norman Fischer & Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Oct 05
A women's three-day silent retreat, led by Susan Moon and Chris Fortin.

Norman will appear on the program "Poet as Radio" on KUSF-X
Oct 08
Sept 24 Oct 1,8,15,22 - Dharma Seminar. Topic "Suchness" (Oct 8 & 22 sessions lead by Andrea Jacoby, practice period Shuso) No meeting Oct 29
Oct 15
Sept 24 Oct 1,8,15,22 - Dharma Seminar. Topic "Suchness" (Oct 8 & 22 sessions lead by Andrea Jacoby, practice period Shuso) No meeting Oct 29
Oct 18
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.
Oct 22
Sept 24 Oct 1,8,15,22 - Dharma Seminar. Topic "Suchness" (Oct 8 & 22 sessions lead by Andrea Jacoby, practice period Shuso) No meeting Oct 29

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