Al Fusho Rapaport, Sensei has practiced and taught Zen for 45 years. He studied with Kozan Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Genpo Roshi until receiving Dharma Transmission from Shuzen Sensei in 2008. As President of Open Mind Productions, Al produced the first Yoga Journal Conferences as well as the Buddhism in America Conferences. 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. Sensei is a member of the White Plum Asangha, the American Zen Teachers Association and the Lay Zen Teachers Association.
Frank Seisho Diaz, Ph.D., Assistant Teacher, Resident Teacher at OMZ Bloomington, is a Cuban-born Zen teacher who began practicing Zen at Tallahassee’s Cypress Tree Zen Center in 1994. He joined Open Mind Zen in 2005 and has been a student of Sensei Al Fusho Rapaport for more than a decade. He is the founder and current resident teacher at Open Mind Zen Bloomington. Frank is on faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he teaches courses in music education and teacher wellness, and conducts research on mindfulness in music and related arts. He has spent much of his career integrating contemplative practices into his work as a teacher, musician, and scholar, and is a frequent presenter on the topic at workshops and conferences both nationally and internationally.