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At Everyday Zen, we welcome new members at any time. There are many ways to get started, whether you’re experienced in study or new to Zen practice:


September News & Events

The September edition of our monthly newsletter is out. To view it in your browser, please click below. To receive our newsletter by email, join the mailing list.

Dharma Seminar: Dogen on the Environment

Aug 30 – Sept 27

In seminar this month, we’re studying Dogen’s writing on the environment. Our primary text is Dogen’s “Keisei Sanshoku” (“Valley Sounds, Mountain Colors”) from the Shobogenzo (fascicle 10 in the Kaz Tanahashi edition).

Wildland Firefighters Retreat

San Francisco Zen Center is asking for support for the upcoming Wildland Firefighters Retreat at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Led by Everyday Zen’s Chris Fortin and Sensory Awareness teacher Lee Klinger Lesser, along with others, these retreats have been life-changing for the participants and are a way to support first responders and the forests they protect. Please give what you can.

When You Greet Me I Bow

Norman’s most recent dharma book is a collection of essays, When You Greet Me I Bow: Notes and Reflections from a Life in Zen. Edited by Cynthia Schrager, the essays span a life of inquiry into Zen practice, relationship, cultural encounter, and spiritual creativity.

Everyday Zen Events

Everyday Zen Daily Sitting

7:30-8:00 AM (PT)
Link: Join on Zoom
Meeting ID: 818 1405 8944
Passcode: Zazen (note the upper case “Z”)

Weekly Metta Sitting

Mondays 8:00 – 8:30 AM (PT)
Link: Join on Zoom
Meeting ID: 818 1405 8944
Passcode: Zazen (note the upper case “Z”)

Our mission is to share the Zen attitude, spirit, and practice with the world. Guided by spiritual director and poet Norman Fischer, we are dedicated to listening to the world, to changing it and being changed by it. Together and each on our own unique paths, we endeavor to bring our spiritual practice into all aspects of our everyday lives.

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Dana, in Sanskrit and Pali, means generosity, or the practice of giving. In this spirit, Norman makes his talks available for download through this website for no charge other than a suggested donation, and all Everyday Zen workshops and retreats are offered at the lowest possible cost.

Please help if you can. We welcome financial donations of any size, at any time. We also encourage Norman’s students to consider making recurring monthly donations, which help generate a regular and reliable income to support Norman’s work and livelihood.