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Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Evening Meditation Talk and Benefit with Zoketsu Norman Fischer (Online)

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

“Looking backwards at a life lived, walking forward into more life to live built on all that…trying to be surprised and undone and maybe even dismayed by what lies ahead.” – quote from Norman’s new book, “When You Greet Me I Bow”

We’re pleased to welcome Zoketsu Norman Fischer for an on-line fundraising event to create a new spiritual space for SIMS! Norman has graciously offered all Dana be given to the Grow Our Dharma Roots fund. Donate and learn more about the SIMS Remodel Project at UFM HERE.

Norman is part of the SIMS family who has been teaching here for over 20 years. His inquiry with spiritual practice is known for its eclecticism, spiritual creativity, common sense, warmth, and humor. Yogis are drawn to his ability to weave poetry, music, Zen tales, and Sutras to the liberating qualities of wisdom and compassion that lead us on the path of awakening in our everyday lives.

Norman’s Bio

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is Soto Zen priest and Abbot. He is a husband, father, poet, writer, and a teacher with wide-ranging passions and interests.

He has been a Zen Buddhist priest for nearly 30 years, teaching and practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. After serving as abbot for the San Francisco Zen Center, he founded the Everyday Zen Foundation in 2000, a network of Buddhist practice groups and related projects in Canada, the United States and Mexico. He has published more than 26 books of poetry and non-fiction, as well as numerous poems, essays and articles in Buddhist magazines and poetry journals. His writings and teachings have influenced and inspired Buddhist, Jewish, and other spiritual practitioners for decades. He also works with those working in social media, corporate business and industry, lawyers and caretakers of the dying to share the benefits of meditation.

His most recent book is When You Greet Me I Bow: Notes and Reflections from a life in Zen. The book spans the entirety of Norman Fischer’s career and is the first collection of his writings on Buddhist philosophy and practice. Broken into four sections—the joy and catastrophe of relationship; thinking, writing, and emptiness; cultural encounters; and social engagement—this book allows us to see the fascinating development of the mind and interests of a gifted writer and profoundly committed practitioner.

Norman lives overlooking the sea at Muir Beach, California, with his wife Kathie, an ordained Zen priest, retired science teacher, and expert scuba diver. They have two grown sons and three grandchildren.

Grow Our Dharma Roots

University Friends has offered SIMS a 10-year, full-time lease in the first story of their building. Funds are needed to remodel the space to include a dedicated spiritual hall for 75 participants, available to us 24/7, a permanent AV system to allow for live-streaming of SIMS events, as well as offer “hybrid” events—both in person and online. 

Registration and Donation

Registration for this Online Talk is required. The suggested event donation is $10.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving.

We are grateful for the kindness of a generous donor who has agreed to match the registration and donations from this event, dollar for dollar. Your generosity will be doubled so please give what you can!

A zoom link will be sent to all those who have registered.

Thank you for your generosity!


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November 5
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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