We Are Building American Buddhism

Great Mountain Zen Center

1110 Sparta Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Telephone: (720) 890-1800
Website: www.gmzc.org
Attn: Gerry Shishin Wick

Description of Organization

The Great Heart Way extends traditional Zen to explore emotional energy. Great Mountain Zen Center teachers Gerry Shishin Wick and Ilia Shinko Perez developed the Great Heart Way, a non-sectarian method on how to use Zen meditation and a connection with the heart to transform disturbing emotions and heal the inner wounds that prevent us from living a fulfilling life.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2003, 2005 and 2007, the Foundation provided grants to Great Mountain Zen Center in the cumulative sum of $61,250 for support of its program to develop for publication new teaching materials uniquely suited to train Zen practitioners and other meditators in an American context. By training new teachers and by writing and distributing books about its teaching process, the Great Mountain Zen Center hopes to attract new interest to Zen practice, including interest from those in the health, education and mental health fields. The grant has been used to author “The Great Heart Way,” written by Zen teachers Ilia Shinko Perez and Gerry Shishin Wick with materials drawn from their years of experience with small groups of advanced students. Central to developing these new materials is to recognize and address unwholesome and unhealthy attitudes and behavior and to dispel them. The training program teaches meditation and nonjudgmental awareness, and from that experience students are taught how to dissolve negativity and bring about, through meditation and Zen principles, a thorough transformation of their lives in modern American society.

“The Great Heart Way” is now on the Foundation’s Storefront website.

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