"Mondo Zen training is one of the most important, creative, and novel additions to the meditation pantheon, highly recommended for the accelerated effect it has on spiritual growth and development. Definitely check it out!"
- Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision


What is Mondo Zen?

Mondo Zen™ is based on Japanese and Chinese Zen, updated for the 21st Century. Mondo Zen™ transcends the hierarchical / authoritarian, gender-biased and constraining monastic aspects of traditional Zen in favor of practical, experiential “in the world” engagement. Relying only on direct personal experience—as taught by the Buddha himself—it does not allow mythic constructs to complicate its philosophical orientation. Read More


Sanchi Shudo Reta Lawler Roshi

Monday, July 11, 2016
On June 17, 2016, at the Dai Bosatsu Sesshin, Sanchi Shudo Reta Lawler received Inka, Dharma Transmission, from Jun Po Kelly Roshi.  She becomes the second female roshi in the Hollow Bones Order.  

Sanchi Reta is the Founder and Director of the Boulder Morningstar Zen Center. Fully ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist nun by Eido Shimano Roshi (founder and former abbot of Dai Bosatsu Monastery), Sanchi has led contemplative retreats and Zen sesshins around the country for over thirty-five years. 

Her professional teachings and offerings have been in Creative Arts, Transpersonal Psychotherapy, and Shamanic practice (particularly in Celtic and Peruvian indigenous orientations). Her trademark trainings are Coming Full Circle: The Art of Death and Dying, and Winds of Change: The Art of Engaged Living

She is on the faculty of the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and continues as an advisor to the Spirit Quest Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru. Sanchi particularly enjoys hosting retreats around the world where the earth energies invite natural entry into contemplative practice. 

As well, she is a life-learner of Gardening - particularly working with the joy of flowers, healing herbs, and love of Trees. 

Just perhaps, someday, her writing and poetry will make their way to a book.

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The Heart Of Zen

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Heart of Zen is the full, mature expression of Jun Po’s life work, beyond just the Mondo Process. In the pages of this book, Jun Po and Kogen (Keith Martin-Smith) explore in a lively Q &A how Mondo Zen came about, providing a background and complete context for the Mondo koans.

Part discussion and part experiential guide, The Heart of Zen does not pull any punches. True to Jun Po’s no-holds-barred style, it takes on all of the personal and institutional challenges that led to the creation of Mondo Zen. This includes discussing, for the first time, the reasons he resigned in protest as Vice Abbot of Dai Bosatsu in 1992 - and how that experience was a catalyst for Mondo itself. Read More

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