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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:


February News & Events

The February edition of our monthly newsletter is now available, with highlights and a listing of upcoming events. Click the button below to read it in your browser. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please sign up here.

Announcing 2023 Bay Area Sesshin

The 18th Annual Everyday Zen Sesshin takes place Monday, March 27 – Sunday, April 2 at Santa Sabina and online on Zoom. Registration will open on February 10. In the meantime, please read the announcement and complete the Rooming Preferences Poll.

Practice Period

Jan 28 through Sat, April 8

Practice Period is now underway! Everyone enrolled should have received this Welcome email with a link to Practice Period 2023: ‘Where Is My Mind?’ There you can find a schedule of events (scroll down) with links to the daily, weekly, and monthly sittings and events.

Watch for a Message from the Shuso with information on Practice Period partners, practice discussion leaders, and Shuso Teas, and a link to the Shuso’s Bulletin Board, reserved for Practice Period participants, with additional notes, links, and more. 

A Letter from Norman

Norman’s annual year-end letter looks back, looks forward, gives an update on the Foundation’s finances, and as always, includes a special poem by Norman. This year, we can be inspired by these reports and a vision of the blue woman army. 

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

Daily 30 minute sitting, 7:30-8:00 AM
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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Support the Everyday Zen Foundation

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.