This weekly group meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00-8:30pm. Each week, participants will learn a new, effective mindfulness practice and have the opportunity to receive personal instruction in a supportive group setting.
Dates: Ongoing weekly meeting. Email for group link.
Price: $15.00 suggested donation.
The process of Big Mind, founded by the American Zen Master Dennis Genpo Roshi, entails consciously giving voice to different aspects of yourself and builds on the traditional the insights of Zen Buddhism.
Those who choose to follow the traditional Zen path will spend extensive periods of time in "zazen" - sitting meditation - to train their minds to stop thinking and quieten down. They will also engage in the study and contemplation of "koans" or riddles [normally in the form of a sentence or short story] designed to challenge the practitioner.
Koans cannot be resolved via logic or "left brain" thought processes and their sole purpose is to drive the practitioner- in a sense quite literally - "out of their mind" and into a place of realisation of transcendent states of consciousness.
Having worked with the Stones over a number of years, Genpo Roshi came to realise that their process of accessing and giving voice to the selves (especially the denied or disowned selves) could be adapted to allow non Zen practitioners access to transcendent states and to do so more on less on demand.