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ZENHUB aims at everybody interested in Zen and its history and tradition. This website portrays the tradition of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi and D. Genpo Merzel Roshi. In particular Zenhub gathers and depicts successors and communities in the Big Mind Big Heart International Community lineage of D. Genpo Merzel Roshi and invites you to join…


Big Mind/Big Heart Zen

Live Video Conference Series with Genpo Roshi

What does the timeless tradition of Zen have to offer us in our time?  What does true Zen practice look like now, in our daily lives?

Join Genpo Roshi to explore these questions in real-time, face-to-face conversations in the upcoming Spring series of four 90-minute live video events, using advanced Zoom teleconferencing technology.

The starting point which participants are encouraged to read in advance is Roshi’s recent writing on Big Mind/Big Heart Zen.

This series of video teleconferences are open to all who would like to participate.  Note that you must register in advance to obtain information for accessing the calls.  Details for accessing the video teleconference will be sent upon registration.

For more information: e-mail or call  801-503-5656.
To register offline: e-mail bmfinance@bigmind.org or call 801-328-8414.

7-Day Retreat — Lyons, Colorado

Start: April 9, 2018 3:00 PM
End: April 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Venue: Lyons, CO, United States | Google Map
Genpo Roshi in Lyons
Genpo Roshi in Lyons


This 7-Day Retreat will be held at a retreat lodge in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, surrounded by extraordinary landscape and mountain peaks and only forty-five minutes from Boulder, Colorado.

The daily schedule will consist of three hours of teaching, dokusan (personal interviews with Roshi) and seven hours of zazen daily. It will also include one hour of Qigong led by Master Michael Berger.

It has been seven years, since the retreat on the Island of Ameland in the Netherlands in 2011, that Roshi has led such a week-long retreat. You won’t want to miss this very special opportunity to deepen your Big Mind/Big Heart Zen practice.

Space and rooms are limited to only 12 people.

The retreat will begin at 3:00 pm Monday, April 9th, and end at noon Sunday, April 15th.

Early-bird discount available until March 1st.

Special discount for Colorado residents:
Colorado residents are eligible to receive a 20% discount off the suggested donation. 

Half-time participation is available to Colorado residents for a donation of half the suggested full-time donation.  For information contact maryellen@bigmind.org.

To register contact Ivis by email at bmfinance@bigmind.org , or call 801-328-8414.

Lodging and food are at the Retreat House and are not included in the suggested donation.

There are buses from the Denver International Airport to Lyons, Colorado, and 15-minute shuttles from Lyons to the property.

For information about lodging and the donation for this event contact Mary Ellen by email.

All donations to Big Mind, Inc., are tax-deductible and non-refundable.

The daily schedule is as follows:

5:00-8:00 am:  Zazen

8:00-8:20 am:  Service

8:30 am:  Breakfast

9:00-9:30 am:  Work practice period

9:45-10:45 am:  Qigong

11:00 am:  Zazen

12:50 pm:  Service

1:00 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Break and time for long walks in this beautiful setting.

3:00 pm: Dharma Teaching by Roshi

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm: Zazen

9:30 pm: Four Vows

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Mary Ellen Seien Sloan receiving Shiho from Genpo Merzel Roshi
Mary Ellen Seien Sloan receiving Shiho from Genpo Merzel Roshi

Mary Ellen Seien Sloan received Dharma transmission (Shiho) in both the Zen and Big Mind lineages from Genpo Merzel Roshi. The public acknowledgment ceremony was held on Sunday, September 24th in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Episcopal Church Conference Center. This makes Mary Ellen Seien Sloan, Sensei, the 82nd Patriarch in the line of the Buddhas and Ancestors. Seien became Genpo Roshi’s 17th successor.

Congratulations and a wonderful flowering!

Mary Ellen Seien Sloan - public acknowledgment ceremony with Genpo Roshi
Mary Ellen Seien Sloan – public acknowledgment ceremony with Genpo Roshi