WHO IS GENPO ROSHI?
Born Dennis Merzel, in New York City, Genpo Roshi grew up in Long Beach California. He attended both Long Beach College and the University of Southern California, where he earned a Masters of Education. During this time he also was awarded All American honors, and a led an undefeated champion Water Polo team.
The name and title “Genpo Roshi” were given to him during his studies with Taizan Maezumi, Roshi, the founder of Zen Center of Los Angeles. Genpo Roshi studied under Maezumi Roshi from 1972 until Maezumi Roshi’s death in 1995. Genpo Roshi and his successors have now gone on to establish Zen Centers in the United States, England, France, The Netherlands, Belgium Germany and Poland.
Currently the Abbot and founder of Kanzeon Sangha International, he’s also the author of 5 books and numerous DVD’s on both traditional and Western Zen, and has been a driving force in the effort to introduce Zen to the people of North America and Europe.
To us it’s not really any surprise that this modern day Zen Master has found a more effective way for modern people to improve their lives through the merging of this ancient and respected tradition of meditation and contemplation with the insights of western psychology and science. That method is called the Big Mind Big Heart Western Zen Approach to Life and it’s proved to be particularly effective.
WHAT IS BIG MIND BIG HEART?
The Big Mind process is one of the three main practices Genpo Roshi teaches, so that people can uncover their real life. An enlightenment experience is just the beginning of understanding and appreciating the precious gift of your human life. In addition to Big Mind, we also teach and practice traditional sitting meditation, and koan study, which is the practice of working with one of our teachers on a list of several hundred Zen stories that help to illuminate the the various aspects of self within the relative, absolute and apex worlds.
Big Mind Big Heart is the name given, by American Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi, to a special new way to discover, experience and appreciate your life. It’s also a good way of working out the kinks, the stuck places, and the unhealthy patterns that keep us down. Life is complex, and the inner self is an exquisite network of the psychological and the spiritual. Understanding it well naturally leads one to a better life.
The Big Mind Big Heart approach to life is a method of self-investigation and analysis that is straightforward and effective, and working with it will open your heart and mind to a new appreciation of the fullness and richness of life. It’s a new combination of tools, a blend of Western psychology and science, and the Eastern traditions passed on to us, and it’s been developed for the express purpose of helping us to better understand the mind and the nature of human life.
If you are interested in exploring the deep inner parts of yourself, how your mind, emotions and ideas operate together, and to experience the Universe in a new and different way, please take a few minutes and check out Big Mind Big Heart. We have books, DVDs and CD’s for you to use at home by yourself or with friends.
An interesting video that gives a little understanding about this powerful Method.
I hope you find it interesting and inspiring as I did!