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The One-Year Big Mind Zen Program

 Mind Zen is a 21st century practice dedicated to and for Westerners who wish to go to the depths of Zen realization and actualization.  It integrates traditional Zen training, including elements of Soto and Rinzai Zen as well as Vajrayana, and the Big Mind process, in a time when we are realizing more deeply than ever the uncertainty of life and the importance of having a real sitting practice along with a greater appreciation of life and the impermanence of all things as well as oneself.

The One-Year Big Mind Zen Program is designed for those who would like to go deeper into Zen practice and feel a one-year commitment to their practice will be valuable, enjoyable and timely for them.

The Program, which begins this year with the 3-Day Workshop September 10-12, offers the following Events and Resources, all of which are included for the year’s tuition. To Sign Up for the One Year Program scroll down to the registration box below.  As a participant you will automatically receive all Zoom links and notifications you will need via email.

Events and Resources:

  • Three 3-Day Workshops with Genpo Roshi
  • One 7-Day Retreat with Genpo Roshi
  • Access to weekly "Sangha Tuesday" and "Sangha Thursday" Zoom sessions exclusively for participants in the One-Year Program
  • Member Sunday Talks
  • Access to the all the video recordings of the One-Year Program
  • Access to the entire Big Mind Zen Media Archive

Participation:

To receive the greatest benefit from this program Genpo Roshi recommends sitting on your own at least 20 to 30 minutes daily, or as much as your schedule permits. He is offering his 50 years of experience and training to enable you to go as deep as possible in your Zen practice, but ultimately it’s up to you to make it happen. You will be expected to attend all the events and to study the reading material he suggests.

Topics to be covered with Genpo Roshi will include:

The Six Paramitas:

²  Dana (generosity)      ²  Sila (discipline)    ²  Ksanti (patience, perseverance) 

²  Virya (effort, energy)     ²  Samadhi (meditation, concentration)     ²  Prajna (wisdom)

The Five Poisons:

Ignorance  ²  Delusion  ²  Attachment, clinging  ²  Hatred, resentment, fear, aversion  ²  Pride  ²  Envy and Jealousy

Readings: Click to read or download

Taizan Maezumi:  Practice the Paramitas

Chögyam Trungpa: Paramitas: Techniques of Nongrasping

Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai)


Sangha Tuesdays and Thursdays for One-Year Program Participants


These meetings on Zoom are held on Tuesdays at 11:00 am Mountain Time and Thursdays at 7:00 pm Mountain Time (except during weeks when Retreats or Trainings are scheduled).  Meetings are led by one of the following:  Mark Kanchi Esterman Roshi, Alexandra Mushin Gericke Sensei, Charlotte Jigen Juul Hoshi, Bruce Hogen Lambson Hoshi, Mary Ellen Seien Sloan Sensei, and Chris Jikishin Von Wolkahof Sensei.  Participants are encouraged to join in to discuss any questions or thoughts related to Genpo Roshi’s talks, the Readings, or their own personal practice.  Zoom links for these events noting who will be hosting the next meeting will be sent to all Program participants.


Sangha Meeting Dates & Hosts

Tuesday 11:00 am MT      Thursday 7:00 pm MT

9/13       Kanchi Roshi ______9/15       Seien Sensei

9/20       Jikishin Sensei         9/22       Hogen Hoshi

9/27       Seien Sensei        __ 9/29        Jigen Hoshi

10/4        Mushin Sensei           10/6         Hogen Hoshi
10/11, 10/13       No Meetings

10/18     Kanchi Roshi       __ _ 10/20       Jigen Hoshi

10/25     Mushin Sensei         __10/27      Kanchi Roshi

 

11/1    _Kanchi Roshi               11/3        Jigen Hoshi

11/8      Seien Sensei___           11/10    Hogen Hoshi


11/15     Mushin Sensei       _   11/17     Seien Sensei

11/22, 11/24       No Meetings     

11/29     JigenHoshi                _ 12/1       Kanchi Roshi


12/6       Kanchi Roshi            12/8       Seien Sensei

12/13     Mushin Sensei            12/15     Hogen Hoshi


Who's Who?


Kanchi Roshi - Mark Esterman

Seien Sensei - Mary Ellen Sloan

Jikishin Sensei - Christian von Wolkahof

Mushin Sensei - Alexandra Gericke

Jigen Hoshi - Charlotte Juul

Hogen Hoshi - Bruce Lambson

Full Schedule Information

All the Events for the One-Year Program are chronologically listed in the box below. Check back here as we add new events during the year. If you have already signed up for the One-Year Program you will automatically receive Zoom links and other pertinent information about these events. You do not have to register for any of these events here.

If you are reading this and are not a participant in the One-Year Program, you can still attend the Workshops and Retreats that are listed here as standalone events. Click on the Event you are interested in and you will be sent to the registration page for that event where you can see pricing information and other details.

To Sign up for the One-Year Program click on that item in the list below and you will be taken to the registration page.  Questions? Need Assistance? Contact Bruce Lambson

One-Year Big Mind Zen Program Schedule: Participants do not need to register here, links will come to you automatically

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