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In 1999 Genpo created what he named the Big Mind Process, also known as Big Mind/Big Heart, which teaches not only the teaching of Zen but also spiritual practices within Eastern and Western traditions. It has helped thousands of people from all walks of life have a genuine and sustainable awakening with little or no prior consciousness study, including persons of all faiths and religious backgrounds as well as non-believers. It is being used in the practice of psychotherapy, law, medicine, mediation, the arts, physical therapy, chaplaincy, yoga, business, athletics, social work, family therapy, education and spiritual practices with prison inmates, hospital patients and the dying. Roshi continues to train people to bring this teaching out into the world, and remains deeply committed to its ongoing evolution.
Genpo will explain how the essence of Zen, is waking up to our essential nature free from all dogma, suddenly and immediately. He'll talk about different forms such as as chanting, devotional practices, and koan study, which he still uses as beautiful expressions of the teachings; only not as the sole means for waking up or actualizing and living with profound wisdom and compassion, the cornerstone of Buddha Dharma taught by the great Sixth Patriarch, the founder of Zen as we know it today.
We will also be discussing his latest book "The Fool Who Thought He Was God" , a compelling read which is jammed packed with insights and wisdom in an entertaining fiction story.
Be sure to catch the show on the Awakening Zone Radio Network on April 3rd, 2014 12:00 noon CST http://www.awakeningzone.com/Show.aspx?ShowID=87
Genpo Roshi (Zen Master) Dennis Merzel is a revolutionary in the tradition of the old Zen Masters who so embodied Buddhist teaching that they were able to revitalize and transform it for their own day and age. As the Buddha Dharma moved from India to China to Japan and other Asian cultures, it found unique expression in each culture that made its fundamental teachings resonate for a new time and place. Genpo Roshi is working to transmit the essence of the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is readily accessible to Westerners and relevant to our everyday life.
The core of Genpo Roshi’s teaching is the unshakable and contagious certainty that every one of us, regardless of our socioeconomic, cultural or religious background, can instantly awaken to our true nature, like the great masters of old — like the historical Buddha himself, whose essential teaching was nothing less than this. This experience helps us shed anxiety and fear and learn to live more purposeful, compassionate and joyful lives. Roshi combines Zen tradition with the insights of such visionary western figures as Carl Jung, Fritz Perls, and Hal Stone, enabling virtually anyone to realize their true nature, a realization they can further deepen through meditation.
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Today get ready to take a dive into the depths of your awareness and simultaneously soar to the heights of spaciousness as Paula interviews American Zen Master D. Genpo Merzel, also known as Genpo Roshi, the originator of the Big Mind process, which helps bring participants to their first Satori experience, a sense of Oneness with all that is. Join Paula and Genpo Roshi as they explore the five stages of the path to being a free functioning Human Being.
In the latter part of the show Roshi will lead us through a Zen Big Mind Meditation, to help you experience directly, the empty nature of the ego and literally lighten your mental load.
HOST: Paula Horan Ph.D. (Laxmi Dechen Wangmo), is an American psychologist who lives in Asia. A Reiki Master for more than twenty five years and an author of eight books on meditation, alternative health, and non-dual awareness. Her new book Fierce Innocence, which conveys the wisdom of her Jnana Yoga retreats in fostering a radiant self-confidence, is now available at amazon.com/author/paulahoran.
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Join Ed and Deb Shapiro along with leading light in contemplative education, Charles Lief for a conversation on creating more meaningful lives.
How do we live a more purposeful and spiritually fulfilling life? How do we put into action all those wonderful ideas and selfless dreams we have? Charles Lief has led an inspiring life doing just that. In 1970, when he was just 19, he became a student of Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and remained closely connected to Rinpoche's work to establish Buddhism in the west. For decades he worked toward sustainable social and economic transformation with the homeless: he was the first president of the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, NY, dedicated to ending poverty and one of the best-known models of integrated nonprofit social enterprises. Founded by Roshi Bernie Glassman, Greyston's combination of services includes housing for homeless families, childcare centers, HIV/AIDS housing and health care, and the well-known Greyston Bakery, which provides employment to low income people and, among other products, supplies millions of pounds of brownies to Ben and Jerry's. As a principal in the Hartland Group of Burlington, Vermont, he created mixed-income housing and economic development projects in Vermont and New Hampshire. Now he is the president of Naropa University, a leading light in contemplative education, enabling its students to create meaningful spiritual lives. http://www.naropa.edu/presidents-office/
Jesse interviews Paul Jaffe - a practitioner of meditation and studies Buddhism and other Wisdom teachings for 40 years. He has studied with renowned masters in the Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan traditions, including Maezumi Tainzan Roshi, Bernie Glassman Roshi, Genpo Merzel Roshi, HH Gyalwan Drukchen, and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. In 1997 Paul met Namgyal Rinpoche and Achariya Doug Duncan and began studying in this creative and forward-looking lineage. He has been teaching various forms of meditation since 1980. Paul was involved in the founding of Dharma Japan and The Clear Sky Meditation and Study Group. He returned to the US in 2012 after living more than 20 years in Japan. His teaching style reflects his diverse interests spiritual traditions, social and environmental issues, intercultural understanding, business, communication and healing. Paul has also worked in the financial world, had a career in university education, and worked training business people, professionals, and government employees for the past 24 years. We will be looking at his work in changing patterns and meditation. To learn more about his work go to: www.stepstofreedom.org
Clare Hedin: www.clarehedin.com
This show sponsored by Earth Goddess Rising: www.earthgoddessrising.com
Join co-hosts Suzanne Strisower and Kathleen O'Keefe Kanavos for cutting edge interviews with the Nautilus Book Award winning authors who are talking about "their Better Books for a Better World."
Our 1st Guest from 5-5:30pm PST: Lewis Richmond
Lewis Richmond is a Buddhist priest and meditation teacher and author of four books including the national bestseller Work as a Spiritual Practice (1999) and the recent Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser. Lewis was one of the early disciples of Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and teacher in that lineage. His gold award winning book is called "Aging as a Spiritual Practice."
Our 2nd Guest from 5:30-6pm PST: Julia Assante
Julia Assante is both a mystic and a scholar. As a highly gifted professional intuitive of four decades, she teaches psi-development throughout the US and Europe. As a scholar of the ancient Near East, she has taught at Columbia (her alma mater) and Bryn Mawr, and published in many academic journals. Her gold award winning book is called "The Last Frontier."
Call in to speak with our guests by calling 646-652-2336. Listeners can also log into their blogtalk radio account and join us in the chatroom.
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Last month Lori shared with us her experience at TEDx Columbus. This month she'll talk about the story that inspired her to get up in front of 700 people and talk about Mr. "Smith." Lori met Mr. Smith the first month she began working in hopsice. This is only one of many stories that has changed Lori's perspective forever.
This story is about compassion through the art of listening from the heart. "You can cultivate compassion through personal reflection, "heart", and acts of kindness and altruism. Recent research has demonstrated the benefits of cultivating compassion and kindness in improving health and well-being." (Susan Bauer Wu).
In Lori's work with people who are very sick, she has witnessed enormous powers of strength, love, and forgiveness and much more. Giving the person who is sick tremendous relief and the ablity to enjoy their life and feel more connected to family and friends.
Chai Chat is hosted by two good friends, Victoria Vetere and Lori Guth Moffett. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
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What drives a young London librarian to board a ship to India, and then meditate in a remote cave for twelve years? How does a surfer girl from Malibu become the head of an international organization for Buddhist women? Why does the daughter of a famed music executive in Santa Monica dream so vividly of peacocks that she chases images of then all the way to Nepal where she finds the love of her life in an unconventional young Tibetan master? Dakini Power, by Michaela Haas, features the life stories of well-known female pioneers of Buddhism in the West, such as Pema Chodron, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Thubten Chodron, how these women overcame challenges in the face of adversity, and what we can learn from their struggles and successes. Tibetan Buddhism says that being a woman can actually be favorable on the path to spiritual realization.The Tibetan word for dakini, Khandro, literally means sky-goer, which is the expansiveness of their view. Michaela Haas is an international reporter, lecturer, and consultant. She has been studying and practicing Buddhism for almost twenty years and blogs for the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
Brian Castellani started his yoga journey while working at Yoga Journal Magazine. Due to a previous accident, he realized how beneficial yoga was for him, and eventually completed a yoga teacher training at the Yoga Loft in San Francisco. He has openly advocated for yoga teachers rights by successfully creating Independent Yoga community. IndependentYoga.com, Yoganomics.net, IndieYoga.com, Yogis.me have all been created to address different aspects of being a Yoga Teacher.
Brad Warner Brad Warner was born in Ohio in 1964. In 1983 he met Zen teacher Tim McCarthy and began his study of Zen while he was still the bass player of the hardcore punk band Zero Defex, whose big hit was the eighteen-second masterpiece “Drop the A-Bomb on Me!” In the 1980s he released five albums of psychedelic rock under the band name Dimentia 13 (that’s the way he spelled it), though Dimentia 13 was often a one-man band with Brad playing all the instruments. In 1993 he moved to Japan, where he landed a job with Tsuburaya Productions, the company founded by Eiji Tsuburaya, the man who created Godzilla. The following year Brad met Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who ordained him as a Zen monk and made him his dharma heir in 2000. Brad lived in Japan for eleven years. He published his first book, Hardcore Zen, in 2003, followed by Sit Down and Shut Up! in 2007, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate in 2009 and Sex, Sin, and Zenin 2011 and There is No God and He is Always With You in 2013. These days he travels around the world leading retreats, giving lectures, and looking for cool record stores. At last report he was living in Los Angeles.
Jesse interviews Dr. Neil Kobrin – licensed clinical psychologist, LCSW, MFT with decades of experience in human transformation and emotional well-being. He authored “Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life, is founder and president of the Academy of Mindful Psychology. He is an international workshop leader in Mindfulness and Emotional Health; which cultivate awareness, promote tranquility, and shift consciousness to advance emotional well-being. Dr. Korbin is well versed in mindfulness and Buddhist psychology, member of the Spirit Rock Meditaton Center’s sangha, and has facilitated workshops with Zen Master Genpo Roshi as well as in the Big Mind process and co-developed a derivation of the process called Mindful Voice Integration. We will look at his work as it blends Psychology with Mindfulness. Learn more about Dr. Kobrin at www.drneilkobrin.com