5-Day – Masters & Mensches – Zoom Video Conference


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Masters & Mensches*

Starting Monday June 8, Genpo Roshi will begin fulfilling a long-held dream of recounting and recording his memories of encounters with some of the extraordinary teachers and mentors, now deceased, he has met in his half century of Zen practice.

Though colorful and of historical interest, Roshi treasures these memories especially for how they have shaped and deepened his life and his teaching — to be shared in the great tradition of Zen storytelling, and ‘juiced’ as modern-day, living koans.

You are cordially invited to join Roshi for this first series of stories and reflections – on a dana donation basis — and perhaps to assist in transcribing them from audio recordings for future publication.

* In Yiddish (from the German word mensch = human being) a mensch is “a person of integrity and honor,” “someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character.”

Monday June 8 — Friday June 12  •  10:00 am — 12:00 pm (Mountain Time)

Open to all with registration.
Audio recordings of each day’s events will be available to registrants.

Suggested donation: Dana
In Buddhist teachings, Dana (Sanskrit for giving, generosity) is the first of the paramitas (virtues, perfections) to be cultivated and practiced by all human beings.  Your donations are the sole support for Kanzeon, the Big Mind office, and Genpo Roshi’s life.  We are asking that you donate whatever amount accords with both your capacity to give and the value you place on continuing these opportunities to receive the teachings.

For more information, please contact Mary Ellen by email.

Register online:  Click here for registration form.

If you have questions about registering, contact Ivis by email, or phone 801-328-8414.

All donations to Big Mind, Inc. are tax-deductible and non-refundable.


A partial list of deceased Masters and Mensches in Genpo Roshi’s life, in approximate chronological order of his encounters with them.  (Not all will be included in this series of talks):

Fred Jitsudo Ancheta Roshi · Monte Nitzskowski · Earl Eddy · Taizan Maezumi Roshi · Bernie Tetsugen Glassman Roshi · Koryu Osaka Roshi · Sydney Musai Walter Roshi · Robert Lee Roshi · Soen Nakagawa Roshi · Charlotte Joko Beck Roshi · Kobun Chino Roshi · Yamada Koun Roshi · Robert Aitken Roshi · Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche · Joshu Sasaki Roshi · Gesshin Myoko Prabhasa Roshi · Zen Master Seungsahn Sunim · Zen Master Kushan Sunim · Zen Master Ill Ta Sunim · Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi · Father Robert Kennedy Roshi · Peter Muryo Matthiessen Roshi · Allen Ginsberg · Taisen Deshimaru Roshi · The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa · Hōun Jiyu-Kennett Roshi · Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche · John Daido Loori Roshi · John Shodo Flatt Sensei · Malgosia Jiho Braunek Roshi · Dainin Katagiri Roshi · Ram Dass · Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi · Judi Kanchi Warren Sensei · Myokyo-ni Irmgard Schloegl Roshi · Father Thomas Keating · Hal Stone

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