About The Everyday Zen Foundation


The Everyday Zen Foundation’s mission is to share the Zen attitude, spirit, and practice with the world. It is dedicated to listening to the world, to changing it and being changed by it.


Everyday Zen's work involves many areas: traditional zen practice (talks, retreats, personal relationship); work with Jewish and Christian meditation, with the dying, with lawyers and conflict resolvers, with business, with poetry and literature. This work is accomplished through Zen teacher and poet Norman Fischer's teaching and writing and traveling, as well as through the activities of the many supporters and practitioners of Everyday Zen, all of whom are engaging with spiritual practice in the world. Please see the Programs page for a full list of Everyday Zen programs and contact us if you have questions or to get involved.

Everyday Zen is a registered non-profit foundation that relies on donations to fund its work. For information on how to make a tax-exempt donation, please see the Donations page.

Ethical Statement and Guidelines

Everyday Zen is a practice community. We welcome everyone regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.

We are not a workplace and we do not live in a residential practice community. We regularly study and practice together in different ways – in seminars, dialogues, sesshins, community celebrations and meetings – which bring us into close contact with each other. 

Our Ethical Guidelines are intended to help ensure a safe practice environment and provide a way to proceed when faced with possible ethical violations. They provide a format for students and teachers to explore individual and mutual questions, confusion, expectations, and misunderstandings that may occur in this setting. You may download the Everyday Zen Practice of Ethical Conduct (PDF).


The purpose of the Everyday Zen website is to provide teaching and information about Everyday Zen's many activities. The site includes Norman Fischer's blog, his essays and selections of poetry , Dharma talks by Norman and other Everyday Zen teachers in both transcribed text and audio formats, which are available for download by donation.

For more about Norman's work as a poet please see his separate poetry website, www.normanfischerpoetry.org

The site also includes writing and teaching by Everyday Zen teachers and friends. You can find information here about the Everday Zen schedule of local and international retreats and talks as well as contact information for Everyday Zen. There's also a study guide for students who want to deepen their Dharma studies. For more information about the website, please visit About This Website .

Everyday Zen Communities

For links to EDZ-affiliated sanghas, and the Bay Area Forums, please visit the Everyday Zen Communities subsite.