Conversation with Cheryl Esposito, April 6, 2012
Being Leader, Being Human
Hosted by Cheryl Esposito
Cheryl Esposito welcomes Genpo Merzel Roshi, a Zen Master, Buddhist priest and author of several books including Big Mind/Big Heart: Finding Your Way and The Path of The Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way. Genpo Roshi’s adult life has been about waking up to our essential nature, our True Self. Throughout, his purpose and his passion have remained the same: to deepen his own clarity and to assist others to awaken and realize their true nature. In 1999 he created what he named the Big Mind Process, later also known as Big Mind/Big Heart. Philosopher Ken Wilber called it “arguably the most important and original discovery in the last two centuries of Buddhism.” The life of a spiritual teacher- a leader- is not without its challenges. Often it is expected that the teacher – or the leader- is above reproach; that there should be no failing. How does one reflect the spiritual teachings – or the principles of the organization- all the while living a human life? Join Cheryl Esposito Genpo Roshi to explore the challenges and realities of being leader, being human.
Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi
Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi, Zen Master & founder of the Kanzeon International Sangha. He has authored books including Big Mind, Big Heart: Finding Your Way and The Path of the Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way. In 1971 Merzel had his first “awakening experience.” He spent a year alone in the mountains of California. He decided to dedicate his life to understanding who he was & how he could be of service to humanity. He is a revolutionary in the tradition of the old Zen Masters who so embodied Buddhist teaching that they were able to revitalize and transform it for their own day & age. Roshi developed the “Big Mind process,” a composite of Zen & western psychological techniques to transmit the essence of Zen teachings in a way that is accessible & relevant to Westerners. Roshi says we have a thinking mind and a non-thinking mind. Thus begins the journey into Big Mind. Join Cheryl Esposito & Zen Master Genpo Roshi on this episode of Leading Conversations as they travel the road toward enlightenment!