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The One-Year Big Mind Zen Program

Big 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 9-11, 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.  (Member discounts apply — for more information on discounts, see here.) 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 Kanzeon Teachers through weekly "Teacher Tuesday" 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


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


Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai)  pdf

Taizan Maezumi:  Practice the Paramitas  pdf

Chögyam Trungpa: Paramitas: Techniques of Nongrasping  pdf

Teacher Tuesdays with Successors of Genpo Roshi

These meetings on Zoom are held on Tuesdays at 11:00 am Mountain Time (except during weeks when Retreats or Trainings are scheduled).  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 which teacher will be hosting the next meeting will be sent to all Program participants.

Email addresses to contact and/or request individual meetings:
Mark Kanchi Esterman Roshi
Lynn Shozen Holbrook Sensei
Charlotte Jigen Juul
Mary Ellen Seien Sloan Sensei
Chris Jikishin von Wolkahof Sensei

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 Signup 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 & Registration Links

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