What does Big Mind mean?
By Genpo Roshi
I’m using “Big” with the sense of the Japanese word Dai, or the Sanskrit word Maha, meaning great or big.
“Mind” when preceded by Dai or Maha means a mind with no limits or boundaries.
A quote from the 6th Patriarch:
“The capacity of the mind is so great, it’s like space. But if you practice Empty-mind Zen, you will fall into a featureless void. In this world of ours, space has room for the sun and the moon and the stars, the earth and its mountains and rivers, every plant and tree, bad people and good people, bad teachings and good teachings, heavens and hells. All of this exists in space. The emptiness of our nature is also like this.”
The Big Mind Process™ allows you to make a shift and to realize exactly this. It makes the teaching of the great 6th Chinese Patriarch very clear. Sitting on a cushion can help you integrate your realization and is also a perfect manifestation of your True Nature. However, just sitting with an empty mind and falling into a featureless void does absolutely nothing to enable you to manifest wisdom and compassion in your daily life.