Al Fusho Rapaport
Al Fusho Rapaport has studied meditation since 1970 with a variety of teachers, including Kozan Roshi, Maezumi Roshi and Genpo Roshi and received Dharma Transmission from Shuzen Sensei in 2008. During this time he was trained in both Soto (Shikantaza) and Rinazi (Koan) methods of Zen, and has maintained this dual focus in training his students. Until 2007 he worked as a layperson in business, and now devotes himself totally to teaching in the U.S. and Europe.
In 1996 Al produced the first Buddhism in America Conference in Boston. This landmark event brought together Buddhist meditation teachers from all schools for the first time in the U.S. This was followed by a conference in San Diego, Estes Park, CO (with Naropa Institute) and New York (with Tricycle Magazine). During this same time he worked with Yoga Journal producing the Yoga Journal Conferences.
He currently is director of Open Mind Zen Meditation Center in Melbourne, FL, where he integrates traditional Zen techniques with methods such as Energetic Yoga, Zen Dialogue and Zen Breathwork.
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