Open Mind Zen Meditation International
Open Mind Zen is a unique form of Zen practice based on ancient, traditional methods while incorporating more modern modalities. We believe that the core of Zen Practice is realization and actualization of Awakened Mind in everyday life and have found that various methods foster this journey.
In Open Mind Zen practice the student uses his or her own life experience as the laboratory to engage in the experiment of spirituality. This includes working with the mind, body and spirit to see the oneness of all aspects of the Self for a complete experience of freedom and awakening.
Zen Practice Goes Online!
Out of concern for everyone’s safety, Open Mind Zen has suspended all in-person meetings at all of our locations. Fortunately, video conferencing technologies have come a long way, making in possible for use to stay connected. Our Sangha uses the free software Zoom to meet on a regular basis. Click here to learn more about our online practice opportunities.
Sunday Meditation and Dharma Talk, New Time - 4 pm We're now meeting at 4 pm on Sundays at Open Mind Zen Melbourne for a 30-minute meditation and Dharma Talk by one of the OMZ Teachers. If you need meditation instruction, we recommend you contact us for a Beginner's...
Life as Koan Zen Retreat, October 27th through 30th, 2021 This residential retreat will focus on applying methods similar to those used to solve Zen koans to everyday life situations, such as perplexing psychological, relationship, or other issues. The primary focus...
Saturday, August 21st, 2 pm to 6 pm his fun and fascinating workshop will employ the Box of Selves, a deck of cards that are derived from the Voice Dialogue Method of Hal and Sidra Stone. It is an easy way to access parts of the Self that are disowned or unconscious...
Courses & Retreats
Most practitioners find it far easier to learn meditation with the support and guidance of experienced teachers in a group setting. We offer weekly ongoing meditation classes, special, structured programs on specific methods from various Buddhist traditions, and monthly one-day retreats on various themes. Longer retreats are offered several times a year and include multiple days of residential practice.
Al Fusho Rapaport, Roshi
Al Fusho Rapaport, Roshi has practiced and taught Zen for almost 50 years. He studied with Kozan Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Genpo Roshi until receiving Dharma Transmission from Shuzen Roshi in 2008. As President of Open Mind Productions, Al produced the first Yoga Journal Conferences as well as the Buddhism in America Conferences from 1996 until 2001. He is author of Open Mind Zen: A Guide to Meditation, and currently serves as Director of Open Mind Zen Meditation Center and MBSR Florida in Melbourne, Florida. Roshi is a member of the White Plum Asangha, the American Zen Teachers Association and the Lay Zen Teachers Association.
Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt, Ph.D., Sensei
Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt, Ph.D., Sensei has been practicing Zen since 1979. She received Dharma Transmission from Roshi Rapaport in 2012. Linda was ordained as a Zen priest in 1992 and served as Shuso, or Head Priest in 1998.
David Jitsusan Vititoe, Ph.D.
David Jitsusan Vititoe, Ph.D., Sensei has been practicing Zen since 2005. Dave is a Lay Monk and teacher in the Open Mind Zen school, having received Dharma Transmission from Roshi Rapaport in 2019. He is also a current member of the Lay Zen Teacher’s Association.
Andy Hoseki Solis
Andy Hoseki Solis, Sensei is Co-founder of Open Mind Zen Naples and a long time Buddhist practitioner. In 2009, he was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh as a member of the Order of Interbeing and became a student of Roshi’s in 2015. Andy received Dharma Transmission in 2020.
A special part of the Open Mind Zen experience is our community. In Zen, the Three Jewels are considered to be Buddha (the teacher), Dharma (the teaching) and Sangha (the community of practitioners). Community is the field in which we learn and grow, giving important feedback that aids us in our journey.