Interfaith Practice

Let me state this as strongly as I can: the Big Mind Process founded by Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel is arguably the most important and original discovery in the last two centuries of Buddhism. It is an astonishingly original, profound, and effective path for waking up, or seeing one’s True Nature.

Ken Wilber
author of Integral Spirituality


Genpo Merzel and I have been the closest of friends since 1972 when we were both young students of our great teacher, Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and through the years when I in turn was Genpo’s mentor and teacher, and finally was privileged to confer Inka (Zen Mastership) on him. It has been a joy and an inspiration to me to see how all the years of training and discipline he has undergone have culminated in his teaching of Big Mind / Big Heart. It is not only the fullest expression of his own ceaseless efforts and personal genius, but a profound gift to the many Westerners who would like to awaken and live in the world with effectiveness and compassion.

Roshi Bernie Glassman
Founder of the Zen Peacemakers
Author of Bearing Witness


The masters of Jewish mysticism guided advanced seekers to the levels of Great Mind and Extended Heart. In our day Genpo Roshi, aka Reb Merzel, offers the trans-denominational seeker a contemporary gate to the highest awareness.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, PhD
co-author of Jewish with Feeling


Big Mind has revolutionized my personal life and spiritual leadership. There is no greater tool out there to help people realize their full potential as human beings. Experience tells me that we often discover our true selves and most authentic voice through trial and error, and this usually involves a great deal of pain. Big Mind offers a safe place to practice this self-discovery. It shines a light on the bully voices such as fear and judgment, nurtures a healthy expression of all facets of being human and ultimately reveals at least a glimpse of the Self that holds it all together with love and acceptance.

Ian Lawton
Founder, Soulseeds (personal growth website) and Spiritual Teacher, C3 Exchange Inclusive Spiritual Center
Grand Haven, Michigan


In my personal life, in my professional life as an attorney, and in my spiritual life as a Mormon Bishop, the Big Mind process has proven to be both foundational and transformational. Genpo Roshi has discovered a way to make available to everyone without being in conflict with virtually anyone’s deeply held beliefs, an immediate glimpse of Big Mind, Big Heart and other transcendent states as well as practices which will profoundly deepen one’s capacity to stabilize and integrate experience of the Absolute with enlightened functioning in the world.

John T. Kesler
Bishop of the LDS Church, Attorney

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