Online Zen Training
Roshi Rapaport was one of the first Zen teachers in the world to correspond with students via Zoom. For over a decade now, we have found that keeping in touch via video conferencing is an extremely effective way to practice, provided the student can maintain a strong personal practice and occasionally attend retreats.
Online Meditation: Open Mind Zen sponsors a number of online meditation groups. If you are interested in joining us, simply email OpenMindZen@aol.com to let us know. We’ll give you the password needed to join the session, and we’ll happily answer any questions that you may have.
Tuesday – with Russ Mitchell
7:00pm EST A Short Sit
7:30pm EST Coffee and Conversation
Wednesday – 7:00pm EST
Roshi Al Student Meeting
(Contact Roshi Al if interested in participating)
Thursday – 7:30pm EST
Virtual Zendo with Sensei Dave Vititoe
Fridays – Noon EST
Healing Session with Kellie Garza, MA, LMHC, CST
Sunday – 10am EST
All Groups Meditation and Discussion
Koan Practice students find that Zoom sessions are virtually the same as face-to-face meetings in terms of maintaining contact with a teacher and progressing through the system. Because Roshi Rapaport has worked with Zen koans for almost 50 years and is acknowledged as an expert in the field, he specializes in working with advanced practitioners who have practiced in other lineages as well as those who have meditated for many years and have wanted to start examining koans to augment their practice. So, whether you are a beginner or an experienced student who has been stuck on a koan for months or years, this work can be valuable and rewarding.
Zen Dialogue sessions can be done via Zoom, with great effectiveness. It is an innovative process based on the fact that the most direct way to deal with the quest for Awakening is to enlist the help of the ego part of the Self rather than attempting to force it to change. Zen Dialogue is a facilitated series of hour long sessions that focus on identifying and dialoging with various aspects of the Self. The result of this method is increased clarity of purpose and understanding of how and why we function the way we do.
Spiritual Counseling. Should you have a need for general counseling regarding your spiritual practice, that can also be done via Zoom. Roshi Rapaport has many years experience counseling practitioners from various spiritual traditions.
Virtual Zendo is held each Thursday evening from 7:30pm – 8:30pm EST. This is an online sitting (meditation) group that is led by one of our Melbourne teachers, Dave Vititoe. Our Virtual Zendo provides an opportunity for folks from around the country to meet face-to-face via Zoom, supporting one another through practice. Each session consists of a combination of sitting and walking meditation, followed by a short Dharma talk and group discussion. If you’re interested in joining us, please email Dave (DavidVititoe70@gmail) for more information.