“What Is Zen?” Reading at SFZC
Apr
1
7:30pm 7:30pm

“What Is Zen?” Reading at SFZC


Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Reigetsu Susan Moon

A reading of Norman Fischer's three new books: Magnolias All At Once, Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion, and What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, coauthored with Susan Moon.

Free event / $10 suggested donation
(No one turned away for lack of funds.)

For more information, please see: What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind (Book Reading with Norman Fischer) at the SFZC website.


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Workshop on “Experience” at SFZC
Apr
1
10:00am10:00am

Workshop on “Experience” at SFZC


Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Reigetsu Susan Moon

Based on Norman’s new collection of essays, Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion, this workshop will focus on questions like: What is the core of spiritual practice? What is language, and how does it help or hinder our practice? What is religious experience, ­ or any experience ­ after all?

Norman will share his insights from the book and offer guided meditations and writing exercises to help us bring these questions home. There will be plenty of time for dialogue. Probably also some discussion of two more of his recent books will enter into the spirit of the day: Magnolias All At Once (poetry) and What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind.

Fees: $80; $72 current SFZC members; $64 limited income.

Includes lunch and afternoon tea.
Some partial scholarships available.

To Register: Please visit Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (Workshop with Norman Fischer) at the SFZC website.


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Experiential Writing as Spiritual Practice
Mar
26
8:00am 8:00am

Experiential Writing as Spiritual Practice

$70 for members of a Twin Cities Zen Center; $90 for nonmembers
Vegetarian lunch included.
Please register early; space is limited.
Register for workshop.

Norman will be spend the day with participants exploring how the ineffable silence of Zen can be evoked by the scratch of a pen. He will be drawing on the distilled insights of forty years of writing practice combined with Zen meditation drawing on material from his new book Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion.

Both Buddhist priest and participant in avant-garde poetry's Language movement, Norman will explore with participants the fertile affinities and creative contradictions between Zen and writing.

He will explore a variety of themes which include: time, the Heart Sutra, God in the Hebrew psalms, the supreme "uselessness" of art making, "late work" as a category of poetic appreciation, and the subtle and dubious notion of "religious experience."

Through lectures, discussion, and exercises, participants may discover how language is not a description of experience, but rather an experience itself: shifting, indefinite, and essential.

More info: Minnesota Zen Meditation Center


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Talk: Zen Practice in the 21st Century
Mar
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Talk: Zen Practice in the 21st Century

Join Norman Fischer for an evening of interchange regarding Zen practice and teaching as it is evolving here in the U.S. Norman will talk from and engage in discussion about themes from his new book What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind.

Norman will touch on the history, theory, and practice of Zen as well as contemporary issues, such as gender inequality, sexual ethics, and the tension between Asian traditions and the modern American reality.

More info: Minnesota Zen Meditation Center

Offered by donation.

 

 
 
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Tricycle Online Courses: Training in Compassion
Mar
7
to Apr 25

Tricycle Online Courses: Training in Compassion

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Tricycle and San Francisco Zen Center present:

Training in Compassion

An eight-week online course based on the Training in Compassion lojong teachings.

Life is hard: love and compassion are necessities for basic sustainability. In this course, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, a poet and Zen Buddhist priest, will offer practical exercises for reducing self-centeredness (which comes so naturally to us, yet causes so much pain) and for developing compassion.

This eight-week video course is a compelling investigation of Tibetan lojong practice. It includes guided meditations, discussion, and live call-in sessions.

Each week, in video form, Norman will investigate one of the main points of lojong mind training, and lead a guided meditation built around a specific group of slogans. The course also includes four live call-in sessions, which will address student questions and clarify points that may be presenting difficulty.

This course begins on March 7.

To register, please visit: Tricycle: Training in Compassion.

 
 

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Writers Read (Fallbrook, CA)
Mar
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

Writers Read (Fallbrook, CA)

Writers Read Presents

Norman Fischer, poet and essayist, reading from and discussing:

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose.

Note: Enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado Street.

The Writers Read series from Excuse Me, I'm Writing features guest authors, discussions and book signings, preceded by open mic for original poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

More info: Writers Read Presents

 


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An Afternoon of Training in Compassion
Feb
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

An Afternoon of Training in Compassion


Based on Norman's book Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, the theme of this afternoon workshop is training the heart to reduce self-centeredness (which is so painful!) and increase compassion.We will practice guided meditations, contemplate teachings, and engage in discussion and imaginative exercises designed to bring the material home to the particularity of our lives today.

Presented by Point Reyes Books and Black Mountain Circle.

All are welcome (seating is limited).

Donations requested. Pre-registration required.

To register and for more information: An Afternoon of Training in Compassion at Point Reyes Books

For more information, please contact: Jaune Evans

 

 
For Norman's teaching schedule and related events, please see: Everyday Zen Schedule

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University of Alabama Events
Feb
1
to Feb 4

University of Alabama Events


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Norman visits the University of Alabama to celebrate the publication of Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion.

If you happen to be in Tuscaloosa, or know friends who are, email Hank Lazer for details.

 

The University of Alabama is offering a nice discount on this important new book through the end of January. Visit the EXPERIENCE page at their website or call 800-621-2736, and use the offer code MCP16.

For Norman's teaching schedule and related events, please see: Everyday Zen Schedule

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Book Talk and Workshop
Jan
17
1:30pm 1:30pm

Book Talk and Workshop


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Zoketsu Norman Fischer returns to InsightLA with this special talk based on his latest work: Experience: on Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (University of Alabama Press).

Norman will share teachings from this new collection which ranges diverse, fascinating topics such as time, the Heart Sutra, God in the Hebrew psalms, the supreme "uselessness" of art making, "late work" as a category of poetic appreciation, and the subtle and dubious notion of "religious experience." From the theoretical to the revealingly personal, Fischer's essays, interviews, and notes point toward a dramatic expansion of the sense of religious feeling in writing.

Copies will be available for purchase.

To register and for more information, please see: InsightLA Calendar

 

 
For Norman's teaching schedule and related events, please see: Everyday Zen Schedule

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