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We're happy to announce that Norman's new book of poetry, any would be if, published by Chax Press, will be available on January 6th, through Small Press Distribution in Berkeley. Norman will be reading from the book at Zinc Bar in New York on January 14th at 4:00pm. Please come!

“without love no quirks,” writes Norman Fischer in the midst of any would be if. One might add: without quirks, no life, as in this book Fischer proceeds “by ellipsis,” and suggests that living, noticing, even drinking tea, manifests in similar fashion. Indeed, “the teacup told us how to hold it,” provides one of many delightful and slightly puzzling, or perhaps uncanny, moments in a book full of moments. Moments of thought, moments of action, moments of light, moments of language, moments through which “we pull ourselves into now.” If one wants a book to show the world, not in its grandeur (or, maybe that, too) but in its process, in the betweenness we all inhabit, then this is the book one wants. I know I am glad to have it, and to return to it, often, “to be.”

—Charles Alexander

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Jan 22
One Day Retreat lead by Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 25
Jan 4,11,18,25 Topic: Dogen's Genjokoan: Three Commentaries
Jan 27
12th Annual Everyday Zen Women's Retreat
Jan 29
Norman will lead a day-long retreat with Rabbi Dorothy Richman. Topic: “Cultivating the Heart: Mussar and Middot” part 1.

12th Annual Everyday Zen Women's Retreat
Feb 01
Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 Topic: Dogen's Genjokoan: Three Commentaries
Feb 08
Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 Topic: Dogen's Genjokoan: Three Commentaries
Feb 10
Reading for Norman’s new book “any would be if” - Alleycat Books SF
Feb 11
Chris Fortin and James Flaherty on "’Steadfastness, Stability and the ever-present Ground"

Meditation and inquiry into our lives and work. With Norman Fischer and Marc Lesser.

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