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21
Jun

When You Greet Me I Bow: Interview with Cynthia Schrager

Cynthia Schrager - book cover

By Tova Green

Cynthia Schrager is the editor of Norman Fischer’s new book, When You Greet Me I Bow: Notes and Reflections from a Life in Zen. A member of Everyday Zen, Cynthia has been a student of Norman’s since 2010.

When Norman was encouraged by Melvin McCleod, editor of Shambhala Sun and BuddhaDharma, to consider assembling a collection of his previously published essays, Norman was interested and knew he would need help. In Summer 2016 he invited Cynthia to work on the project.

Cynthia began with a list of Buddhist journals which, along with Shambhala Sun and BuddhaDharma, also included Tricycle, Inquiring Mind, and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s Turning Wheel. She began by tracking down every article Norman had written, creating a spreadsheet as she went along. In the end there were 75 articles and essays. “Norman was quite surprised at how many there were,” Cynthia noted. Only half of what she discovered is in the book.

Cynthia’s second task as editor was to develop a structure for the book. She looked for “the themes that kept coming forward.” From the beginning, she could see that Relationship (Notes on the Joy and Catastrophe of Relationship) and Difference and Dharma (Notes on Social Engagement) would hold together as two of the four sections of the book. The sections on Form Is Emptiness (Notes on Thinking, Writing and Emptiness) and East/West (Notes on Cultural Encounter) followed.

In response to the Shambhala editor’s request for some new writing from Norman, Cynthia thought of asking Norman to write notes that would precede each section and tie together the essays. As some were written as long as thirty years ago; this gave Norman an opportunity to comment on how his views have changed over the years. Read more

11
Feb

Public Talk and Book Event with Ben Connelly: Mindfulness and Intimacy

Saturday, May 11
Dharma Talk: 10:15 – 11 am
Q&A and booksigning: 11:15 am – noon
300 Page Street, SF

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16
Jan

Public Talk, Book Signing, and Workshop with Marc Lesser — Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader

Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

Saturday, April 27

Public talk: 10 – 11 am (free)
Book signing and Q&A: 11:10 am – 12 pm (free)
Afternoon Workshop: 1 – 4:30 pm

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26
Nov

Book Event with Les Kaye and Teresa Bouza: A Sense of Something Greater

Dharma Talk and Book Signing — A Sense of Something Greater: Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley

Saturday, February 2, 10 am – noon
City Center, 300 Page Street, SF

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28
Jun

Book Event with Gesshin Greenwood: Bow First, Ask Questions Later

Thursday, August 30, 7:30 – 9 pm
City Center Dining Room, 300 Page Street, SF 94102

Ultimately, this is what Buddhism boils down to: learning to relate to yourself and others in a good way, a sane and wise way.

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11
May

Book Event with Tim Burkett: Zen in the Age of Anxiety

Dharma Talk and Book Signing — Zen in the Age of Anxiety: Wisdom for Navigating Our Modern Lives

Saturday, September 15, 10 am – noon
City Center, 300 Page Street, SF

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26
Apr

Book Event with Shinshu Roberts: Being-Time

Dharma Talk and Book Signing — Being-Time: A Practitioner’s Guide to Dogen’s Shobogenzo Uji

Saturday, July 7, 10 am – noon
City Center, 300 Page Street, SF

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10
Jan

Book Event with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel: Sanctuary

Dharma Talk and Book Signing — Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging

Saturday, May 19, 10 am – noon
City Center, 300 Page Street, SF

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10
Jan

Book Event with Natalie Goldberg: The Truth of This Life

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 -9 pm
City Center dining room
300 Page Street, SF, 94102

Accessible and elegant teachings from the late beloved Zen teacher Katherine Thanas, edited by Natalie Goldberg and Bill Anelli.

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6
Oct

Book Event with Mayumi Oda: Divine Gardens

Please join us for a special event celebrating the release of Divine Gardens: Mayumi Oda and the San Francisco Zen Center.

Friday, November 10, 7:30 – 9 pm
In the dining room at City Center, 300 Page Street, SF

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