Norman Fischer is co-abbot of the san francisco zen center, where he has practiced for many years. he was ordained as a zen priest in 1980, and teaches Zen regularly in canada and mexico, as well as the bay area. he has published six volumes of poetry, with a seventh, "the narrow roads of japan," a book length travel poem in the manner of basho, out in fall of 1998 from ex nihilo press, san francisco. at work now on his second prose book, a dharma book for and about young people called "taking our places: mentoring young people coming of age." it will be published by broadway books in new york in 2000. "do you want to make something of it" was first delivered as a talk at the art center school of design in pasadena. norman is married and the father of grown twin sons. he lives with his wife kathie near green gulch farm zen center at muir beach.
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