‘WriMo and Genpo

My novel writing has taken a back seat to sleep and work so far during NaNoWriMo. I went to sleep by 2 last night and slept until 4 in the afternoon, giving me 14 hours of sleep. I needed to catch up after a few days of less than optimal sleeping patterns, so I’m looking at it as a blessing overall, but it has set me behind in my writing goals. Tonight I’m hoping to claw back some while at work. It seems like it will be a quiet night, so my fingers are crossed. I have broken out my Sony Cile and its keyboard for this adventure, and I’m hoping it will serve me well. Wish me luck.

I’ve been looking into Genpo Roshi’s Big Mind practice for a few days now, and it seems like a really great addition to spiritual practices.

Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi developed the Big Mind process in 1999, drawing from thirty years of Zen teaching experience and Western therapeutic practices. This revolutionary technique unlocks the wisdom of Zen teaching with directness and clarity. Each participant will realize that this very mind is Buddha.
The Big Mind process will give you the tools on how to surrender the personal Ego to Big Mind. It offers perspective on how we ordinarily function and restrict ourselves. You will discover the True Master within and learn how to effortlessly tap into innate wisdom and compassion.
It is a very simple process that allows one to experience what Zen is very easily and swiftly. The ego, which normally guards and protects the self from experiencing life directly, without barriers, is dropped. Participants learn to sit with non-seeking, non-thinking mind, rather than grasping after the truth.
Big Mind

Have any of you taken part in Big Mind or learned of it before?

“Genpo Roshi has developed a series of “pointing-out” instructions that are as effective as anything I know at giving a person a direct glimpse of Big Mind™. I recommend his workshops unconditionally. “Needless to say, any opening needs to be followed by practice, but as for this initial opening, this process is as effective as they come.
Ken Wilber

Stuart Davis’ recent explorations of Big Mind have been amusing, including his dialogue with “The Skeptic.”  I’d certainly like to learn more about Big Mind, perhaps through Genpo Roshi’s DVD (that can be a hint for those of you looking to get me something for Christmas or my  upcoming birthday, because there’s no better gift than the gift of enlightenment), especially because it seems to be one of the clearest examples of Integral in practice right now and has been getting some really solid results, if the various accounts I’ve heard have been true. 

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