Norman Fischer is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest. From 1995-2000, he served as co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, the oldest and largest of the new Buddhist organizations in the West. He is now a senior dharma teacher there as well as founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhist teachings to Western culture.
Fischer is author of many books of poetry and prose, including, Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up, Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms, Jerusalem Moonlight, I Was Blown Back, and Sailing Home, which explores Homer’s Odyssey to reflect on the spiritual journey. His poetry and essays have often been anthologized and his writing has been taught in numerous universities.
Norman Fischer leads workshops worldwide. Among other topics, he teaches Buddhist principles to business people, Buddhist compassion-in-action to lawyers and conflict resolvers, and poetry writing and appreciation to children and adults.
What People are Saying About Norman Fischer
“Fischer offers us a lifetime of experience in making sense of Zen.”
—Mark Epstein, MD, author of Thoughts Without A Thinker
“Norman Fischer is a poet, and his prose sings!”
—Sylvia Boorstein, author of Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake“Incandescently tranquil, the writing of Norman Fischer refuses to confront or confirm, preferring to give company along the way.”
—Charles Bernstein, poet and critic