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Big Mind, Big Heart: Genpo Roshi #470

By: Dave Asprey
February 27, 2018

Big Mind, Big Heart: Genpo Roshi #470

The purpose of life? To be happy of course! In this enlightening episode of Bulletproof Radio you will hear how if you want to perform better as a human being… And you’re unhappy all the time… You’re doing it wrong!

Buddhist Master Dennis Genpo Merzel, or Genpo Roshi, goes into his “Big Mind Process” that is hailed to be one of the greatest discoveries in spirituality in 200 years. The basis of his teachings: To simply be Happy!

Plus, Dave Asprey talks about how as a young man, he thought it would take ten million dollars to make him happy… (When he already had six in the bank!)

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Big Mind, Big Heart- Genpo Roshi #470

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Show Notes

  • Big Mind/Big Heart- What does it mean?
  • Dennis Genpo Merzel is a Zen Master and the creator of the Big Mind Process world wide. He is better known as Genpo Roshi. The Big Mind Process has been said to be the greatest discovery in spirituality in the last 200 years by Ken Wilber the great American philosopher.
  • Many people have reported that they have experienced a awakening experience very quickly when they did the process with Genpo Roshi.
  • Dave Asprey and Genpo talk Live in Hawaii!
  • “I had my big opening or awakening that changed my life forever. I now can say forever. Right? Then, at that point, I wasn’t sure it was going to be that forever kind of thing, but that awakening.” Genpo on deciding to become a Zen Master.
  • “And I realized not that I would become a Zen Master, but I was a Zen Master, that that was my life’s journey, and that yes, I wasn’t really at the time a Zen Master.”
  • Rather than your goal is out there and you have to reach it, already seeing yourself as having fulfilled it. -Genpo on manifestation.
  • “Is there a way to evolve at least some parts of teaching so that someone who maybe doesn’t have 10 years to go spend on a mountaintop tend to at least get some of the benefits?”
  • “So I was realizing that somehow, this approach of Zen where we sit in a monastery for years and decades and so on, was going to marry Western psychotherapy.”
  • In China, Buddhism married Taoism, and became what we know as ‘Zen’.
  • Genpo on “how to help people awaken in the most expedient way, in a way that is not necessarily dependent on years and years of training, meditating, and living on a monastery, and I developed or created what we call the ‘Big Mind’, now called ‘Big Mind/Big Heart Process’.
  • I realized that there was something to be, let’s say integrated into Zen practice, that a way to do it was ask to speak to that part of the brain that’s already awakened, and I called that ‘Big Mind’.
  • How to manifest living in a place of complete happiness, complete freedom, complete peace.
  • Genpo on “It was a state of complete, you could say radical acceptance of who I am and who he was.”:
  • We say that there’s five stages in towards enlightenment. The first is a glimpse or an enlightened experience. The second is all about devotion and surrender, letting go, letting go, letting go, because of course, almost all our problems are caused by clinging, by holding on. That’s a cause of suffering, so we hold on to things, so the process of letting go, letting go, letting go. The third stage is great enlightenment.
  • Genpo on how he meditates.
  • “And I believe that most of us are in some kind of internal conflict.” On Peace of mind.
  • There’s no internal conflict, so we’re not at war with ourself because if we are, of course, there’s no happiness.