Changing and being changed by the world.
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May News & Events

The May edition of our monthly newsletter is now available (click below). To join our mailing list, please sign up here.

Seminars on Emily Dickinson

May 17 & 24

On May 17 and 24, Dharma Seminar turns to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, America’s deepest and most penetrating religious poet. A famous recluse barely known in her time, Dickinson explored the enigmas of intense spiritual relationship.

Lay Entrustment Ceremony

May 31

On May 31, we will hold a Lay Entrustment Ceremony for senior Everyday Zen practitioners Christopher Dumbleton and Steve Gross. Lay Entrustment is a tradition in our lineage of appreciating and empowering senior lay members of our sangha as revered elders. All are invited to join in this joyous celebration.

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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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.

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