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Norman Fischer

Expressing the Inexpressible: Poetry and Religious Practice

Poetry reading and talk by Norman Fischer, Tuesday, June 4, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, held at: DePaul University Art Museum, 2nd floor multipurpose room, 935 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago. Co-sponsored by DePaul University Religious Studies Department; Center for Interreligious Engagement, DePaul University; Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago.

Norman Fischer will read poems from his various collections, including his version of psalms, and will speak about the central role of language in the process of religious contemplation.

Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong

Monday evening Dharma talk by Norman Fischer, Monday, June 3, 7:45pm, following 7:10 Zazen at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. Norman will discuss some teachings from his new book and talk about why these teachings on compassion are so necessary for Zen students. Everyone is welcome, no pre-registration required, any donation accepted.

Norman Fischer is an eminent Zen Teacher and noted poet and author. Norman is former Abbot and Senior Dharma Teacher of the San Francisco Zen Center, and now leads the Everyday Zen Foundation. Norman is known for his eclecticism, warmth, and common sense, and has been active in interfaith dialog and teaching in the business world. His new book of poetry is The Strugglers. His other books of poems include Opening to You: Zen-inspired Translations of the Psalms; Precisely the Point Being Made; Like a Walk Through a Park; On Whether or Not To Believe in Your Mind; Turn Left in Order to Go Right; and Success. His many other books include the recent Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong; Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Comment on the Rule of Benedict; Sailing Home: using Homer's Odyssey to navigate life's perils and pitfalls; and Jerusalem Moonlight.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, near Damen Avenue and the Irving Park Brown Line station. Free parking is usually available on nearby cross-streets.