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How I see the future of Big Mind

(From an introduction to a Big Mind Facilitator Training, September 23, 2018) It’s now almost twenty years since I first discovered Big Mind, and it’s evolved.  In that evolution what I’ve realized about the process and also about myself, is that I seem to come up with things in intervals of decades.  About 2009 I realized that almost ten years had passed and I saw that Big Mind was going…

Beyond Awakening

We have never been so polarized as we are today in all walks of life. Conflict and wars occur when two seemingly opposing sides draw lines in the sand, when two apparent realities are seen as separate and threatening to one another. It is happening in all areas of our society, religious, political, economic, racial, and moral. When we make these artificial separations we are already at war with the…

Genpo Roshi gives Inka to three of his Dharma successors

Genpo Roshi has given Inka Transmission, conferring the title of Zen Master, on three of his Dharma successors in the Netherlands, June 2018: Final Seal of Approval for Maurice Shonen Genko Knegtel Shonen: True ThoughtGenko:   Esoteric Light    Beyond thought and no thought,     Neither thought nor no thought,Is where you shall find True Thought! Given bySoten GenpoJune 26, 2018 Final Seal of Approval for Niko Sojun Tenko Tydeman Niko:  Broad LightSojun:…

What Is Great Enlightenment?

What is Dai Kensho, Great Enlightenment?  What is the difference between a kensho experience and a true Dai Kensho, and what is the importance of that difference?  Here is a brief excerpt of Genpo Roshi’s exploration of these questions during a recent retreat:   https://youtu.be/MvcQC8jseD0

What Are the Four Seals of Buddhism?

  The four great seals or marks of Buddhism are the four essential principles that form the basis of the teachings of all schools and branches of Buddhism.  This audio recording is a short excerpt from a live talk by Genpo Roshi at a retreat in December 2017.   By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube

What Is Big Mind/Big Heart Zen?

Leer en español Big Mind/Big Heart Zen is a Western Path, Way and Community which aims to assist its followers in manifesting their fullest potential, realizing and actualizing their inherent wisdom and compassion, and living happy and joyful lives filled with love and compassion, free and at home in their own skin. Coming from the synthesis or apex of our absolute and relative nature, it encompasses the yin and yang…

Five Skandhas, Five Ranks

The way I use the term Apex really includes the whole being, which in Buddhism we call the Five Skandhas.  The Five Skandhas are also known as the Five Aggregates or Heaps that make up what we identify as our self, this very body/mind, what you and I call “me” or “I.” This self consists of these five: 1) body, form, 2) emotions, feelings, 3) perception, 4) karma, deeply rooted…

Natural Koans

Working with disowned voices to turn our light inward and illuminate the self   Student:  It seems like what you’ve done with the way you do these disowned voices is you’ve found a way to really unlock the beginner’s mind, the not-knowing and the beginner’s mind. That’s right.  And a koan.  It becomes a koan.  Instead of traditional koans, we can also do a koan by saying, ‘OK what’s the…

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