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Sunday, February 6th, Ken Wilber sent out an email to the folks on the
Integral Institute mailing list. Along with reporting that the Integral
Institute's seminars have been remarkably successful -- and inviting more
folks to sign up -- Wilber mentioned a technique that Genpo Roshi has
developed that, says Wilber, is "by far the most effective technique for
eliciting a satori experience within a few hours -- guaranteed (I personally
have never seen it fail yet)".
While I can't vouch for the effectiveness of Genpo Roshi's process (I
listened to the hour and a half version posted on the Integral Naked website
and didn't experience any major shifts of consciousness), I thought all of
you would like to find out more about it. So after Wilber's letter, I have
included more information about Genpo Roshi and his "Big Mind Process".
--- David Sunfellow
A MESSAGE TO YOU FROM KEN WILBER
Integral Institute Seminars
February 6, 2005
Ken Wilber Writes:
Pay attention if you would, please, because for the first time in my
professional life I am about to prostitute myself, and I want to see how you
think I do.
I am specifically writing to you to announce that the schedule for our 2005
seminars is now posted on the Integral Institute website -- seminars on
topics including Integral Transformative Practice, Integral Consciousness,
Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Organizational Leadership, and more. I will
give you the information for that in just a minute.
But I'm even happier to report to you how Integral Institute's first series
of seminars went, because it's not simply that they exceeded our
expectations, but that they quite literally blew everybody away. Both the
presenters and the attendees had the overwhelming sense that something
extraordinary, new, and groundbreaking was emerging. Some sessions and
presenters got an overall rating of 9.9 out of 10, which is simply unheard
of with these types of things.
Let me tell you a few of the reasons that I think this happened. The first
is that all of our seminars are led by a team drawn from Integral
Institute's premier roster of experts in each of their respective fields.
These fine folks are not just skilled teachers, they are experienced
practitioners who are applying integral theory to real world situations
every day, with amazing success.
A second reason is that each of our seminar features a meditation component,
which has been created in consultation with the finest spiritual teachers
from all of the world's great wisdom traditions. Spiritual teachers involved
with Integral Institute and Integral Spiritual Center -- including Genpo
Roshi, Father Thomas Keating, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Surya Das,
Sally Kempton (Durgananda), David Deida, Michael Murphy, Frances Vaughan,
Traleg Rinpoche, Roger Walsh, Rabbi Marc Gafni
, among many others -- have played a role in creating this part of the practice. Every seminar also features a full presentation of Genpo Roshi's Big Mind process, which is by
far the most effective technique for eliciting a satori experience within a
few hours -- guaranteed (I personally have never seen it fail yet).
(Regarding Marc Gafni please read this (Corboy)
(Back to the text)
Another reason -- perhaps most important -- is due to the people who attend
the seminars. Because most of these people are familiar with my work, they
are almost entirely second-tier or integrally oriented already. The most
common comment that we hear from people at the seminars is something like,
"Just being among 50 other people who are already open to integral ideas and
practice is an extraordinary experience."
If you are like most people who have an integral awareness, you probably
can't talk about this with anybody. If you are integral in this culture, you
are, in effect, in the closet. So can you imagine spending a week with 50
people who are fully open to integral ideas, and with whom you can discuss
these things without hesitation, reticence, or reluctance? Some people
report that this is the most freeing and exhilarating aspect of the entire
I believe this is why every single teacher who we have had participate in
these events claims that these are the finest students they have ever worked
with. There's a synergy about this entire process that truly is
extraordinary -- and that is why I think all of us, me included, have been
completely blown away by the extraordinary emergence in consciousness that
these seminars create.
And so, my friends, why don't you come and join us for one of these
exceptional training experiences in the new year? It's to the point now
where I know that I can promise you that you will not be disappointed.
If money is a problem, please sign up for our scholarship program. We are
very generous with these, and we want to do everything we can to make sure
that these types of teachings are made available to people regardless of
So what do you think? Did I completely commercialize and prostitute myself?
Oh wait -- here is one more corny thing I can throw in. Come to one of the
seminars, and if you are not completely blown away like the rest of us have
been, we will give you your money back right on the spot, no questions
asked. I'm dead serious.
Well, there you have it. And if I can drop the slightly tongue-in-cheek
attitude for a moment, the thing that has touched me the most about these
seminars is that we are building a community -- a learning community -- of
people who are integrally informed and integrally aware, and who can share
this extraordinary experience and understanding together, and then begin to
take it out into the world where all the real work needs to be done. I truly
would love for you to become a member of our community, and help us with
this extraordinary adventure.
Hope to see you soon,
President of Integral Institute
To sign up for one of the seminars, or to find out more information about
them, please visit:
THE BIG MIND AND THE LITTLE SELF
By Janet Rae Brooks
The Salt Lake Tribune
July 27, 2002
When Dennis Merzel began his formal Zen studies three decades ago, his
Japanese Zen master's methods left him perplexed. "DIE ON YOUR CUSHION!"
Koryu Roshi exhorted his novices who sat cross-legged on cushions facing a
wall at the Los Angeles Zen Center. "BECOME THE WALL!"
"I don't know what the hell he's talking about," Merzel remembers thinking.
"And even if I knew, I'm not doing it."
From that unlikely beginning, Brooklyn-born Merzel has gone on to become
spiritual leader to thousands of Zen Buddhists around the world.
But Merzel -- now called Genpo Roshi -- always knew the traditional Eastern
approach to Zen didn't work for many Westerners. They don't like being told
to die. Although he eventually realized the Zen master was commanding him to
"die" in order to be reborn as a more compassionate being, he thought there
had to be a better way to unlock the Zen door to Westerners.
For decades, Genpo searched for the key to enable Westerners to shift from
identifying with their own self to being identified with the whole cosmos‹to
the Universal or Big Mind. Three years ago, he finally found it.
Call it the Western path to enlightenment.
Through a combination of Western therapy and Zen practice, Roshi now shows
Zen beginners in one-day seminars at Salt Lake City's Kanzeon Zen Center how
to achieve an awakening that has taken many Zen practitioners years.
And it's all possible, he says, because Westerners are suckers for a magic
"We'll do anything for anyone if they say please," Roshi says.
At recent Saturday seminar, Roshi -- wearing khakis and a short-sleeved
black shirt -- strode into an airy upstairs room to take his place in a
director's chair before a room of 60 people sitting in padded chairs grouped
in a half-circle.
"This might seem bold, this might seem strange," he tells the group, "that
you will have in one day -- before lunch actually -- the clarity and
experience that a Zen master has. But Zen is seen as the school of sudden
enlightenment. And we're just making sure it remains sudden."
His technique to temporarily silence the "controller" -- one's ego or
commanding voice -- is so simple that it's surprising it wasn't discovered
earlier, he says. But such an insight wasn't possible as long as Zen
remained an Eastern-centered discipline.
"What we're going to do is get permission from your ego to abandon itself,
to stay in cold storage for a while," he says.
Roshi assures us we are not being shown a shortcut that will rob us of our
own struggles. "You will still have to walk your path," he says. "All this
will do is give you some wisdom as you walk this path."
After spending as much as 10 hours a day, nine months a year, sitting in
meditation, Roshi wondered if he was making enlightenment too easy.
"That's a lot of time on a cushion," he says. "And to think someone dares to
have this experience in a day?"
But then he realized his struggles served a purpose. If a group climbing a
mountain ran out of water and sent a couple of stronger members ahead to
find more, do they then bring the water back to the group, even though no
one else has climbed the mountain?
Of course they do. Even after the group drinks the water, each member still
has to climb the mountain.
"When I realized the folly of where I was stuck, this process came like
that," Roshi says with a snap of his fingers.
And the more people who live in a state of compassionate awakening the
better, he says. Consciousness shouldn't be limited to monks, Zen centers
and a smattering of individuals. Then Roshi asks to speak to our
"controller." To signify our willingness and readiness to allow him access,
we are to shift our chairs a few inches to reinforce the shift in our
"Who am I speaking to?" he asks.
"Controller," we say in unison.
The controller's job is to control, he says. What functions might the
controller serve, he asks?
"Protection," someone answers. "Survival," says someone else. "Somebody
needs to be in charge."
Roshi then asks the controller for permission to speak to the voice of the
skeptic. We shift our chairs.
"Who am I speaking to?"
"Skeptic," we say.
"Your job," he says, "is to be skeptical, to doubt, to question."
When invited to express our doubts, the answers pour out: "Should I even be
here?" "Enlightenment just can't be this easy." "Am I really going to get my
money's worth?" "What if I find enlightenment?" "What if it's not what I
want to know?" "Zen mastery in Salt Lake? Uh huh."
We check in with the voice of trust, establishing that that voice, at least,
believes people are basically good, then return briefly to the controller --
"I feel better," says one wag -- before Roshi asks us for a clear channel to
We're right on schedule. It's not yet lunchtime.
"Who am I talking to?" asks Roshi.
"Big Mind," we answer.
Prodding us, Roshi asks us to note the shape, size, form and colors of Big
"Can you find a boundary? Can you find a limit? Can you find a beginning?
When were you born? When will you die? Can anything hurt you? Can anything
Incredibly, less than three hours after meeting Roshi, everyone in the room
seems to be identifying with the cosmos. For participant Sally Small,
Roshi's questions seemed irrelevant. "Big Mind is an all-inclusive frame of
mind," she said after the seminar. "It doesn't get stuck in one shape or one
color or anything."
For Michelle Larsen, Big Mind mirrored a near-death experience she survived
after a motorcycle accident a decade ago. "I've tried to explain it for 10
years," Larsen later said. "To know it could happen to everyone else. . ."
We return to the controller. After experiencing Big Mind, what advice would
you give to the self, Roshi asks?
"Release," someone says. "Relax," says another. "Die on your cushion," says
a third, to laughter.
We switch to the voice of Peace, then to God, or the creator, before Roshi
advises us to go to lunch as the integrated self. "Be mindful of all the
voices," he says.
"I don't know whether I'm in Zen class or in therapy," says one participant
as we file down the stairs.
After lunch, we voyage through the voices of non-seeking, Big Mind, big
heart and peace before Roshi calls us back to the voice of the controller.
For Larsen, the return was traumatic. "It's like you're being crushed," she
said. "It's almost audible."
We then look at the voices of wisdom and compassion, and examine the
difference between acting in the voice of the controller -- the voice we
probably consider our own -- and the voice of the Master.
"The Master should be the owner," said Roshi. "The controller should be the
servant. If you're run by the controller, you're run by greed. If you're run
by the Master, you're run by wisdom, compassion and responsibility."
But we can't live our Western lives -- balancing marriage, religion,
sexuality, children and home -- in the voice of the Master, as can Asian
monks in monasteries.
"Trust me on this one," said Roshi. "I was Master before I got married. I
had to drop that one. I'm saving you a lot of pain. You'll thank me in five
years. Don't go home in the voice of the Master. Go home in the voice of the
BIG MIND AUDIO EXERCISE WITH GENPO ROSHI
Genpo visited the Denver loft of Integral Institute and gave a demonstration
to a small group (including Ken Wilber, David Deida, and 2 IN staff
members). Also present was John Kesler, a founding member of I-I and senior
student of Genpo's in the Big Mind training work.
One has to put oneself in an open frame of mind, imagine being present, and
let the teaching unfold in oneself. Don't worry if you can't hear the other
participants' questions or answers. In virtually all cases, Genpo repeats
the important points, and you can hear him clearly.
In essence, the exercise is as follows: Genpo will ask the participants
(including you) if he can speak to a series of "personalities" in their
psyche or awareness. These personalities include the controller, the damaged
self, the fixer, and the seeking mind. At some point, he will ask to speak
to your Big Mind. Because nondual, ever-present Big Mind is indeed
ever-present, if you have listened along with an open attitude, the very
nature of your own Big Mind will stand forth in a very obvious, very simple
Genpo will then lead you on a tour of your own nondual awareness, including
not only Big Mind but Big Heart. He will conclude by calling forth an even
higher -- some would say ultimate -- state of being, which Genpo calls the
"integrated free-functioning mind." This integrated consciousness is even
"bigger" than Big Mind, because it integrates Big Mind and small mind in a
freely functioning wholeness that neither alone can accomplish.
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Genpo Roshi leads a live audience through the complete Big Mind process.
Professionally filmed, this is a unique introduction to Big Mind -- a 2-disk
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speaking from the personal, dualistic voices. On disk 2 Roshi guides us
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