Used particularly within the Zen tradition, the term Big Mind1 can have different meanings in different contexts, even within Buddhism. Generally, however, Big Mind indicates an awareness of reality that transcends the personal or subjective view. Another term that’s often used with Big Mind is Absolute. As the One, the Absolute, we are infinite and boundless. Everything is included with no exceptions. There are no limits and everything is absolutely perfect. Everything manifests from this Oneness which is existence itself.
The “Big Mind Process” is a specific technique developed by Zen teacher Genpo Dennis Merzel which merges Western psychological techniques (specifically Voice Dialogue therapy) with Buddhist conceptions of self and mind. I studied with him from 2005-2007. He granted his permission for me to integrate his Big Mind Process into my healing practice in 2005.
1Japanese Soto Zen founder Dōgen Zenji uses the term Big Mind in his “Tenzo Kyōkun” (Instructions to the Chief Cook). Shunryu Suzuki, a 20th century Zen master, speaks of Big Mind in his talks collected in the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.“