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The Zen Poetry of Philip Whalen and Wallace Stevens

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Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Interview with Zoketsu Norman Fischer: The Zen Poetry of Philip Whalen and Wallace Stevens

with Zoketsu Norman Fischer
August 14-17, 2014 (Thursday-Sunday)

All are welcome.

Zen is where you find it. Poems can point to subtle and otherwise dark corners of our hearts.

In this long weekend workshop we’ll sit, contemplate, talk, and read and discuss poems of Philip Whalen (a great poet who was a priest at Zen Center in the 1970’s-1990’s) and Wallace Stevens (who apparently had no connection to Zen). Our focus will be on the way their words illuminate our path--which is to say, our struggle to make sense of our lives. Possibly we might write some poems of our own, so bring journals and pens. (Copies of Whalen and Stevens poems will be available, but bring both their "Collected" if you have them.)

Retreat fee: $240 ($204/Member)

Please note that the retreat fee does not include accommodations. Retreats begin late afternoon on the indicated start date and end in the morning on the indicated end date. Visit the Rooms & Rates section and determine your preferred accommodations before making your reservations request online.

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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).