One-Year Big Mind Zen Program

This One-Year Big Mind Zen program is designed for people who feel that a year spent deepening their Zen practice would be valuable, enjoyable and timely for them — if they could fit it into their already busy lives.

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, including elements of Soto and Rinzai Zen as well as Vajrayana, with 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 practice, along with a greater appreciation of life and the impermanence of all things as well as oneself.

The Program will begin September 10-12, 2021, 11:00 am Mountain Time with Roshi teaching three hours each day.  It includes two more 3-Day workshops on Zoom (December 3-5, March 4-6), a 7-Day sesshin (May 28 – June 3) open to participation either in person in Salt Lake City or on Zoom, and a monthly Sunday talk on Zoom as well as periodic 90-minute small breakout groups with Roshi, dates to be determined.  Additionally, several Kanzeon teachers will lead sessions supplementing Roshi’s teaching and affording the opportunity for further interaction for those who wish to attend.

Recognizing that participants will have other commitments and obligations, Roshi is offering all the year’s events on zoom, and recommends sitting on your own 20 to 30 minutes daily, or as much as your schedule permits, and participating in as many of the events and opportunities offered over the course of the year as you can. 

These are recommendations, not requirements; Roshi does not want schedule conflicts or other responsibilities to prevent people from participating in the program.


Topics to be covered with Roshi will include:
Eight Facets of Faith in Buddhism:
Misconception of the “self” (ego or “I”)
Eternal Life / Unborn / Undying
Karma / Law of Causation
Existence of All Buddhas
Mutual Attraction between Buddhas and Sentient Beings
Not Two but One
Road to Buddhahood

Theory and Practice of Zazen:
Five Varieties of Zen
Three Aims of Zen
Individual Instruction (Dokusan / Daisan)
Shikantaza (Just Sitting)
Cause and Effect Are One
The Three Essentials of Zen Practice
Koans and how to realize, actualize and express them in a simple and yet profound way. 

Teachers leading additional meetings:
Mark Daitoku Esterman Sensei
Mary Ellen Seien Sloan Sensei
Chris Jikishin von Wolkahof Sensei
Lynn Shozen Holbrook Sensei

Tuition, which includes active student fees, the three workshops, one sesshin, small breakout groups, additional classes/workshops with Teachers, and a monthly Sunday talk, is $2,500.  Registered Big Mind Members receive a 15% discount ($2,125), Active Students receive 20% discount ($2,000). 

Registration deadline for the One Year Big Mind Zen Program is August 10th

If you’d like to register please contact Bruce at, or for further information Mary Ellen at


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