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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:


March News & Events

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

Practice Period 2024

Our 19th Annual Practice Period is underway and continues through April 13. All events are offered online through Zoom; many also include the opportunity to meet in person. Additional daily sittings, early morning and evening, are open to everyone. Find links on the main Practice Period page.

Winter-Spring Sesshin

The annual Bay Area Sesshin for 2024 will take place Monday, April 1 – Sunday, April 7 at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael and online on Zoom.

Applications to attend in person are closed. Registration for in-person is due Sunday, March 3. Information on attending online via Zoom will be available in March.

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.