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Norman Fischer



Norman Fischer is an American poet and Soto Zen Buddhist priest who has been practicing for more than three decades. He is the founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation and a longtime leader and teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center.

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Norman Fischer, Jack Kornfield and Sylvia Wetzel at the Garrison Institute

Buddhism's growth in the West has spurred a rich cross-fertilization among the great traditions. In this spirit, Buddhist teachers have met in support of one another on past occasions in the US, Dharamsala and Europe.

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What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind

This unique introduction to Zen teaching and practice is structured as a Q&A, making it a most useful reference for new and seasoned practitioners to look things up.

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Phrases and Spaces

Zen practitioners don’t “work on” koans. Koans work on them. Norman Fischer offers a poet’s take on the phrases and spaces of Zen practice, including his favorite: “Who is sick?”

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FindCenter Quotes ImageYou have thoughts, you have feelings. You might have a pain, an ache, visions, memories, reflections.

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Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong

A prominent Zen teacher offers a “direct, penetrating, and powerful” perspective on a popular mind training practice of Tibetan Buddhism Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice of working with short phrases (called "slogans") to generate bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened...

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What Is Your Body?

It’s less than we think. It’s far more than we know. It’s who we are but it’s not. Contemplate the deeper reality of the body with Buddhist teacher Norman Fischer.

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The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

An imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times, through the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or "perfections"--qualities that lead to kindness, wisdom, and an awakened life.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe engine that makes this go is taking a step back and trusting the body, trusting the breath, trusting the heart.

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The Perfection of Patience

The perfection of patience is kshanti paramita in Sanskrit. Kshanti can be translated as “patience,” “forbearance,” or “tolerance,” but these words don’t capture the fullness of what kshanti connotes because they all imply a kind of quietism or passivity.

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Suffering Opens the Real Path

Norman Fischer explains why it’s suffering that gives us the incentive, vision, and strength to transform our lives.

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