Paul D. Thielking, MD
Salt Lake City, Utah
Big Mind is an innovative process for self-discovery and awakening that was developed by Zen Buddhist master Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi. Genpo Roshi's development of Big Mind stems from two major influences: his Zen training and psychology. Big Mind combines the heart of Zen wisdom with insights from Western psychology to help us move towards a more complete, fulfilled way of being.
In the 1980s, Genpo Roshi studied a process called Voice Dialogue that incorporates elements of Gestalt and Jungian therapy to increase self-awareness and consciousness. He found that Voice Dialogue complements Zen teaching by facilitating healthy psychological growth and development. In 1999, Genpo Roshi integrated Zen and Voice Dialogue to create the Big Mind process. Big Mind uses the techniques of Voice Dialogue to take us beyond our limited selves to experience our transcendent nature.
This simple, direct approach is available to anyone interested in awakening to a more genuine, healthy way of being. No experience or background in Buddhism or psychotherapy is necessary. The process itself consists of a facilitator simply asking questions of the participant in a way that allows the participant to shift perspectives and experience various aspects of the self. Some of these aspects of the self are personal and some are transcendental.
I use Big Mind in both individual sessions and group workshops to facilitate a shift in awareness from the personal to the transcendent aspects of our being. For individuals, please call 801.581.7951 or email me to schedule your first appointment. To sign up for a workshop click here for the Groups & Workshops page.
I have been practicing the Big Mind process since 1999.
"The Big Mind process is an astonishingly original, profound and effective path for waking up, or seeing one's True Nature."
--Ken Wilber, author of Integral Spirituality