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Saturday, August 27, 2005

deseretnews.com | The Zen of sitting

Article about Genpo Roshi and "Big Mind":

What the world needed, Roshi decided, was something less time-intensive and less rigorous than years of meditation, less caught up in robes and chants and riddles. What the world needed, he decided, was something involving folding chairs and conversation, something that included a break for lunch yet still helped people shift their identities away from the self — the small self that is self-ish, fearful, jealous, dissatisfied — toward something bigger.


Blogger woundedduck said...

I went to one of Genpo Roshi's Big Mind seminars in California, and it veered dangerously close to motivational-speaking nonsense. Anyone who didn't "get it" wasn't, according to Roshi, letting go enough. He argued his system was sound, and if there were any doubts or failures, they rested solely with the student, not the system. Sounds a little fishy to me.

9:42 AM  
Blogger M said...

I've heard other, similar criticisms of Big Mind. I guess in general the whole idea of the quick fix bothers me.

4:36 PM  

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