Dharma Book Club


Welcome Readers!

The South Bay InsightLA Dharma Book Club is a way for our community to connect through a common interest in books that inspire and enrich our meditation and mindfulness practices.

Join us for our next meeting

Wednesday, August 18
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Moderated by Annette Lombardi

August Book Selection:

When You Greet Me I Bow

Notes and Reflections from a Life in Zen

by Norman Fischer

Dharma Book Club Meetings

Take break and join us for a lunch-time get together to talk about books and authors who have written about the Dharma in a variety of genres. Each book will be covered in a single meeting. On occasion, authors will be  guest speakers at our meditation practice groups after our book club meeting.  Please sign up below to receive a meeting Zoom link and book club questions to consider in advance. Participation in the discussion is optional for those who would prefer just to read our book selection and listen to comments. All are welcome! 

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About Our Book Club Selection 

"When You Greet Me I Bow spans the entirety of Norman Fischer's career and is the first collection of his writings on Buddhist philosophy and practice. Broken into four sections—the joy and catastrophe of relationship; thinking, writing, and emptiness; cultural encounters; and social engagement—this book allows us to see the fascinating development of the mind and interests of a gifted writer and profoundly committed practitioner."

From the Publisher

"Reveals the evolution of this prolific writer and Buddhist thinker. . . . This body of work points to the heart of practice and, ultimately, what it is to live this human life."

Lion's Roar


"This book is a treasure. Eastern dharma has truly been transmitted to the West. The book is also beautifully structured. Help with love, relationship, grief, death, injustice, politics, is close at hand. Reading Fischer’s book in these hard times emits a sigh of relief. Things almost make sense—even if upside down sense—the body lets go and relaxes." 

Natalie Goldberg


Shambhala Publications E-Book Excerpt: Editor's Foreword,

Fischer's "Notes on Looking Backward While Walking Forward"

& "Notes on the Joy and Catastrophe of Relationship"      

Video Interview: Norman Fischer in Conversation with When You Greet Me I Bow Editor, Cynthia Schrager