054. Genpo Roshi

Genpo is a long-time Zen practitioner, now Master, who has developed the “Big Mind Process”, through which “Novice participants without any formal meditation training can have profound spiritual experiences with persistent enhancement of well-being…”

Interview recorded 1/10/2011.

Audio and video below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

14 thoughts on “054. Genpo Roshi

  1. An excellent role model for anyone who shares the perspective that the raison d’etre for our participation in the dream is to accomplish or master something.

    You serve a delightful buffet, Rick.

  2. I don’t patronize Google, but I can surmise what you are alluding to by your suggested title for his next book.

    Our words are often not aligned with our actions, which is why I tend to place more of my attention on what I do as opposed to what I say.

    Which gives me an element of integrity when I place the same kind of attention on others.

    As an aside, I discovered, from my own personal experience, that when you do this for yourself, you tend to want to say as little as possible. LOL

  3. He cancelled part two, probably due to the scandal, which broke soon after this interview, but I’ve extended an invitation to do it any time he likes. Haven’t heard from him. Who is Brad Warner?

  4. Rick, Thank you so much for your amazing site. I’ve really been enjoying your interviews. You may be saving this for the 2nd interview or perhaps have intentionally excluded such questions but I wonder if you might ask Genpo Roshi about the affair he had & how that shook things up. I’m also interested in the justification for $15000 fees for attending meetings with Genpo? What’s up with that?

  5. Really interesting. I really hope Genpo will do a part 2. His so called sex scandal fits in with his story about the descending from the mountain. Most teachers have to deal with these temptations (not just Osho but also J. Krishnamurti for example. And a few teachers he mentioned in this interview had to deal with alcoholism.)

    It seems like it can go two ways. Either Genpo becomes one of the many teachers with a lot of shadows (that we are often not aloud to talk about within satsang settings [¨hush hush¨]), or he takes this opportunity to deepen his teaching. From what I understand he´s choosing the second option.

    For me a scandal like this makes the question (or koan) ´what is enlightenment?´ more prominent. But I´ve been told that this is an immature question.

  6. Addiction is nothing more than a manifestation of sticky attention. Or attention that glues itself to certain ideas or concepts about X (i.e. sex, alcohol, money, enlightenment, guruship, self, beauty, etc.).

    The trick is being that which you desire, without being stuck to it.

  7. Let me know if you hear anything about him starting to do interviews, etc., and I’ll invite him for part 2.

  8. Great site, Rick. And great interview, too. Would be interested in the Part 2 interview if and when it happens. What I have gathered is that while initially Genpo’s “peers” had asked for him to step down from teaching and seek counsel which he at least considered, he then decided that the “teaching” and the “cause” were greater as a whole than him as an individual (which makes sense to me). If you do the part 2 i’d love to hear it and specifically the insight that led him to decision to continue as he is.

  9. Hi Paul. I’ve emailed Genpo or his organizer several times since we did this interview. They know that I’ll be happy to do the follow-up anytime they like. If you like, subscribe to my email notification if you haven’t already, and you’ll be notified if/when we do it.

  10. The zen path as described here sounds as dry as a nun’s proverbial. No wonder these hard-core practitioners bump down to ground-zero at ‘level 5’ – the shadow goes completely underground while they’re busy focussing on their spiritual ambition, rising through the zen ranks, and calling themselves ‘spiritual masters’.

    Surely to goodness, there’s got to be a more natural, organic way of coming into the fullness of one’s spiritual nature other than becoming a zen drone!

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