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About Big Mind Zen

In 1999 Genpo Roshi created the Big Mind Process, also known as Big Mind/Big Heart, which philosopher Ken Wilber has called “arguably the most important and original discovery in the last two centuries of Buddhism.” It has broadened and enriched not only the teaching of Zen but spiritual practices in other traditions as well, enabling thousands of people from all walks of life and religious backgrounds to have an awakening with little or no prior consciousness study. It is being used in many fields, including psychotherapy, law, medicine, education, mediation, business, athletics, social work, family therapy, and work with prison inmates, hospital patients and the dying.

Roshi continues to train people to bring the Big Mind process and Big Heart Zen out into the world and remains deeply committed to their ongoing evolution. He also continues to explore new insights and skillful means to transmit the essence of Zen, which is waking up to our essential nature free from all dogma, suddenly and immediately. He sees zazen (sitting meditation), koans (parables and stories), and Big Mind as three complementary practices for actualizing the Way, along with other traditional forms of Zen Buddhism such as prayer, chanting, and devotional practices, all beautiful expressions of the teachings for waking up and living with profound wisdom and compassion.


“Every bit as impactful as an in person retreat. In some ways, more.” — B.F.

“Such a precious gift to be able to connect without having to travel. The one-on-one work with Roshi felt like we were there in person. I learned so much in this retreat.” — B.G.

“An amazing experience. I felt so connected to everyone. It’s wonderful to get to work with Roshi without having to travel. And I can join the work of others from up close and personal. I’m so grateful. Roshi’s teachings are always fresh and new.” —  M.M.

“I was three times in Ameland, and the Big Mind sessions framed in a sesshin were a life changer for me. If you play the game (honestly) it is a thrilling experience. Even by teleconference, where the direct contact energy is missing, I still had a number of insights about myself, about my zen practice. I am really grateful for having this opportunity to work again with Genpo Roshi. I live in Europe and it is quite difficult for me to come to US for his live sesshins.” — A.P.

“The possibility for such intimacy and depth within a virtual retreat surprised me. By day two, I almost felt as if I was in the same room with Roshi! It was a large group participating but somehow I felt every person attentive and present on this course. It could be felt in the courage, intensity and honesty of the one-on-one sharings with Roshi. I am so grateful to have been a part of such a course… I hope to attend again. Thank you.” — C.V.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for a beginner to be immersed in Big Mind teaching and practice. I am humbled by the deep sharing of self and soul in this forum. Thank you Roshi.” — R.P.

And More Reviews

“It was great to be able to spend this time with Genpo Roshi. Costs and distances have prevented me being with him like this before so it was a real treat. Thank you.” — B.C.

“These virtual conferences actually work much better than I had expected. Participants acquire genuine realisation and insight from the guided Big Mind work, despite the physical distance. The sense of sangha has actually never been stronger than during this time.” — E.L.

“This virtual conference offers the comfort and convenience to participate from home, to fit it in the work and family schedule while saving on travel and accommodation. People working in big corporations might have limited days of annual leave, this way they would save the days of travel and participating and have more days left to be with their family.” — J.P.

“If you want to be involved in this amazing method that Roshi developed without creating a hugh carbon inprint on the world, this is your oppertunity! It is a wonderful way to work with Roshi and connect with the Sangha at the same time!” — J.W.

“This is a very accessible virtual way for sharing and experiencing the Big Mind process and turning the Dharma Wheel.” — N.M.

“For me, the ability to suddenly be moved by someone’s struggle, then to watch them make breakthroughs, reach reversals in understanding, in a matter of minutes, inspires and informs my own practice immensely. Who says a Zoom session can’t be lifechanging?” — T.G.

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