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  • Three Paths for Study with Genpo Roshi

    My deepest wish continues to be to clarify the Way and assist others to awaken, for all of us to get to the root of suffering, causing as little suffering as possible, and for each of us to realize our unique opportunity as aware and responsible human beings.

    In my view, rather than striving to be perfect, we need to recognize our innate perfection, while acknowledging all aspects of our shared humanity, including our fears and our shadows, and owning them with courage and humility. We cannot ignore our karma; it is our life, and in my experience our practice is to be at one with it, to live with joy, wisdom and compassion towards all beings.

    Looking forward, beginning in 2014 I will be offering three paths for those who wish to study with me. I have spent the past three years in self-reflection, deepening my practice and working on acknowledging my own shadows and deeply rooted patterns. It is my intention to devote the remainder of my life to integrating the Zen Tradition and Big Mind and the challenges of continuing, endless practice with those who would like to share them.
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  • If you would like to hear a sampling of Genpo Roshi's current teaching, you are invited to listen to a recent workshop recorded live on September 27, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Click here to request a link to the recording. The recording cannot be streamed from this site, but can be downloaded free.

  • Remembering Malgosia Jiho Braunek Roshi

    Malgosia Jiho Braunek Roshi — a brilliant and clear light with an exceptional smile and presence. She was loved by millions who came to know her as a human being, as a film star, and as a true Bodhisattva.

    We met in 1983 when her husband Andrzej attended the first Kanzeon Polish Sangha Sesshin at the Temple of the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn Sunim. Andrzej and I went for a walk in the small forest near the Zen Center and he said you must meet my incredible wife, Malgosia. We all had dinner that evening, my first introduction to her radiant, contagious laughter.

    In 1986 while holding group Daisan at the old mill of Joanna Lasota's with about a dozen Sangha members sitting across from me, I knew that Malgosia would be a great Zen Teacher and Master. Looking into her eyes I saw her future in a flash. During the retreat I gave her my personal purple rakusu given to me by Maezumi Roshi in 1979 when he bestowed the title of Hoshi (Dharma Holder) on me. I told her that she could only tell Andrzej and no one else at that time because I wanted to spare her the possible jealousy from other students. I promised to transmit the robe and bowls to her some day in the distant future.
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