Al Fusho Rapaport, Sensei
Sensei Al is our guiding teacher, and the Director of Open Mind Zen based in Melbourne, FL. He travels to Naples several times a year to lead retreats and workshops. He has practiced and taught Zen Meditation for 40 years. As President of Open Mind Productions, Sensei produced the landmark Buddhism in America Conferences in Boston, San Diego, Denver and New York City. He studied with Kozan Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Genpo Roshi until moving to Florida in 2001, and received Dharma Transmission within the Soto Zen Lineage from Shuzen Sensei in 2008. Sensei is the author of Open Mind Zen: A Guide to Meditation, and editor of Buddhism in America. He is a member of the White Plum Asangha, the American Zen Teachers Association and the Lay Zen Teachers Association.
To learn more about Sensei and the Open Mind Zen School, visit: openmindzen.com
Laurie Kido Lyons, Hoshi
Laurie Lyons is Co-founder of Open Mind Zen Naples. She has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1996. In 2003, she began studying Zen with her teacher, Sensei Al Fusho Rapaport. Her yoga training includes Teacher Training with David Swenson, and a month of study in India with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2010, Laurie took jukai (lay Buddhist vows) and received the Dharma name, Kido, meaning Bright Truth. For several years she taught yoga and meditation in various yoga studios, until 2015, when she partnered with Andy Solis to found OMZ Naples. Laurie is now an Assistant Teacher, Dharma Holder (Hoshi), and Lay Monk in the Open Mind Zen School. She is also a member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. Laurie works as an orchestral musician, performing as a percussionist with the Naples Philharmonic since 1999.