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Stories from the Book of Serenity

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Zoketsu Norman Fischer
with Zoketsu Norman Fischer
August 11-16 (Sunday-Friday)

All are welcome.

Zen koans can be useful and fun once we learn to enter them without too much fuss.

In this five day workshop we will study, meditate on, and practice with key stories from the classical collection of 100 Chinese Zen koans, The Book of Serenity (main translation by Thomas Cleary, first published by Shambhala in 1998). For participants, copies will be available of the particular stories we are using as we write and talk about this classic text. Our focus will be on how to enhance our own life experiences with dynamic koan practice, that is, to deepen awareness of our problems and make them more interesting and fruitful.

Retreat fee: $370 ($315/member)

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Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet, author, Zen priest, and former Abbot of Zen Center. He is founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation, dedicated to sharing Zen teaching and practice widely in the world. He is the guiding teacher to several Zen groups, including in the Bay Area, Washington state, Vancouver, B.C., New York City, and Mexico. He co-founded Makor Or, a Jewish Meditation Center in San Francisco, with the late Rabbi Alan Lew. His most recent books are The Strugglers, a collection of long poems(Singing Horse Press, 2012), and Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong(Shambhala, 2013).