Most of us are deeply bound by karma so that we are bored by 'just this'. I
believe we can find satisfaction by just sitting down and eventual
enlightenment, but we are way from that 'goal'. So perhaps Bill can improve his
way of teaching like guiding children away from their toys.
--- On Tue, 16/11/10, Maria Lopez <flordel...@btinternet.com> wrote:
From: Maria Lopez <flordel...@btinternet.com>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: FW: Amazon book
Date: Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 7:17 PM
Thank you for both links. It's been particularly interesting reading
controversial Brad W reply in connection with Big Mind and Genpo Roshi...and my
conclusion about the whole thing is, that hearts feel profoundly grateful for
having found Thich Nhat Hanh dharma in those years in which his home was not
too crowded, not too polluted by westerners speculation, aggression and most
of it self, ego. There are teachings that shouldn't be passed onto westerners
in such a light way. Big Mind might be one of those (I wouln't know because
first hearing was in American websites) . And yet there is the possibility
that in the original eastern environment (perhaps under a differente name)
have the effect of a most powerful way of breaking through the self by exposing
it. Building up a bond in the process with other practitioners sailing in the
People don't want the simplicity of Buddhism and not certainly zen. I wouldn't
put the blame to anyone but just in oneself incapacity of seeing what is there
presented in simplicity. For instance Anthony himself has pointed out more
than once the boredom of "just this" or sitting down. We look for excitement
all the time. No one external to blame afterwards if we get hurt but just
--- On Tue, 16/11/10, ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote:
From: ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Zen] Re: FW: Amazon book
Date: Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 5:44
"Merzel began developing the "Big Mind" process in 1999, after having taught
more traditional Zen meditation and koan study for more than twenty years. The
process is intended to allow anyone — including non-Buddhists — to experience
"the enlightenment of the Buddha".
The process is designed as a combination of Eastern meditation and Western
psychological techniques to transmit the essence of Zen teachings in a way that
is readily accessible and relevant to Westerners, a realization they can
further deepen through meditation.
The Big Mind process is claimed to enable participants to get in touch with
various aspects of themselves by inviting them to identify as and speak from
these aspects or states of mind.
The teacher walks participants through interactions with different aspects of
their mind, including ordinary, finite ones such as the Protector, the Skeptic
and Desiring Mind; and possibly less familiar, "transcendent" ones such as the
"Non-Seeking/Non-Grasping Mind", "the Way", and "Big Mind and Big Heart".
Since 1999, he has offered workshops to more than 20,000 individuals all around
the world. In addition to presentations in cities in North America and Europe,
Genpo Roshi has made "Big Mind" available on DVDs and online.
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Kristy McClain <healthypl...@...> wrote:
To the contrary. I do not recommend Big Mind , necessarily. In fact, I have
said here that it is not a process that works for me. It seems a bit like group
therapy, but not about zen.
I know it well, as I have a home in UT, (though I live in CA). Gempo Roshi's
zen center is just two miles from my home there. I did attend many
meditation groups , classes and even a few retreats there.. I am friends
with Diane Musho Hamilton, and she received her transmission from Gempo Roshi.
Actually, I have been critical of this teaching model in the past, but now--
Well, I truly feel that there are different methods that work for different
personalities and cultures. So, if one finds Big Mind meaningful, thats okay by
me. I don't believe in one recipe. I do think it may attract people who would
not normally include zen, or any spiritual practice in their lives. If so,
then, I think there is a benefit to society at large.