Dai Bosatsu Kongo-ji
Traditional Silent Zen Sesshin
June 10-17, 2017
Dharma brothers and sisters join us. It is time.
Jun Po Roshi
We have entered a time of tremendous noise, politically, environmentally, and socially. It is more vital than ever for us, as practitioners, to cultivate our own relationship with the silence within, so we may respond intelligently and compassionately to all that is arising around us, and within us.
Silence is the heart of all spiritual practice and insight. Allow yourself a week to participate in a form exquisitely designed over millennia to enter into this silence. On this 7-day retreat, we will be enshrined in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Dai Bosatsu Monastery, set in the Catskill Mountain Preserve. Jun Po Roshi received inka (transmission) here in 1992, so our connection to this sacred place runs deep.
Jun Po Roshi, abbot of Mondo Zen, will lead this retreat. You will be nourished with daily Qi Gong and yoga, delicious vegetarian food, and a retreat container designed to allow you to discover and stabilize the realization of the profound silence within your heart.
This retreat sells out every year, so please don’t hesitate to sign up if you’d like to join us. More on Dai Bostatsu can be found through their website: Dai Bosatsu.
To register for this retreat, please go to Mondo Zen Retreats. Read More
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Dai Bosatsu Kongo-ji
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.
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
Authored by Daju Suzanne Friedman, The Junpo Roku is a record of the early teachings of Roshi Junpo Denis Kelly. This book captures Junpo Roshi's depth, humor, and wisdom while
presenting his dharma talks and various lively Zen exchanges between him
and his students.
This roku, or official record, addresses such topics as Zen meditation, the nature of mind, the ego, koan practice, form and ritual, sutras, everyday dharma, and the Zen Buddhist approach to thoughts and emotions. Read More
A Heart Blown Open: The Life and Practice of Zen Master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi ~ A Spiritual Biography by Keith Martin-Smith
Emotional Freedom for the Modern Seeker
An Ancient Science of Mind Receives an Upgrade
“This is the story of our time... an absolute must-read for
anyone with even a passing interest in human evolution...”
— Ken Wilber, author of Integral Spirituality
"This is the legendary story of an inspiring teacher that
mirrors the journey of many contemporary Western seekers.”
— Alex Grey, artist and author of Transfigurations
DENIS KELLY'S LIFE IS PART HUNTER S. THOMPSON, PART TIMOTHY LEARY, AND PART ECKHART TOLLE.
Mondo Zen, an updated form of Rinzai Zen (the “Zen of the Samurai”), was developed by Denis Kelly, whose Dharma name (spiritual name) is Jun Po Roshi. This is the story of his life, and how he worked to integrate the hard-won wisdom of a life of playfulness, depravity, loss, and liberating insight, leading to the creation of what what has been called the single greatest innovation in Zen in the last 500 years.
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Contributors: Jun Po Kelly Roshi, Reverend Doshin Hannya, Daju Huihai Suzanne Friedman and Keith Martin-Smith
Therapy and emotional processing can provide new perspectives on cultural conditioning and promote a healthier ego. Spiritual practices such as Zazen and Dzogchen gradually awaken us to the illusion of permanent self. This raises an important question: What does our emotional body look like when viewed from shunyata, or Nondual Awareness? Join Jun Po and Doshin Roshi in this lively discussion on the emotional body as seen by the viewless view of Nondual Awareness. Read More
THE CADET CHAPEL BUDDHIST PROGRAM
AT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
2010-2011 - A progress report
It’s 1900 on a Friday evening in Jack’s Valley. It’s been a 90+ degree day. Cadets in Basic Training have been running the Assault Course, the Obstacle Course, and others, and they have had people in their faces, yelling, since very early morning. They are tired. Fifteen of them come walking up the dirt road to the tent that serves as the Buddhist Chapel in the camp. A tarp is spread over the concrete floor, and this evening there are just enough cushions for two leaders and the 15 cadets who take off their boots and packs at the entry. Several approach the altar to offer incense. Rays from the low sun stream the length of the tent, and suffuse the quiet that takes hold immediately. We sing refuge: “I take refuge in Awakening; I take refuge in the Way; I take refuge in my Companions.”
Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are present. After 20 minutes of meditation, with just a few words dropped into the silence, a leader introduces walking meditation: see what it’s like if you walk as one body. And they do. There’s some time for discussion, and immediately the power of the meditation itself is spoken. One speaks of the sense that “everything belongs.” Another says he was suddenly keenly aware of connection: a sensation that he and everything else are connected. Someone expresses awe at the countless phenomena that appear in each moment---the largeness and largesse of each instant. One cadet speaks of the intimacy of sound during the meditation. One woman speaks of how hard it was not to have service last Sunday, when violent storms caused a cancellation. Read More
by Jun Po Kelly Roshi (published on Integral Life)
Should spiritual teachers sleep with their students? It seems this is a question whose time has come.
Every worldview has a very strong option on this. Red says “Of course!” Amber usually says “No!”, but on occasion “Yes!” if the mythology permits it. Orange will say “yes,” but that decision is related to “status” (both the teacher’s and the student’s). Green screams “NO” and points to the lack of a “level playing field,” lecturing about the (im)balance of power, especially if the teacher is a man (oppressor) and the student a woman (oppressed). So what says the Integralist?
Let’s start with the act itself. Sexuality is sacred. This is where the genders, the two faces, little god-man Adam and little god-woman Eve actually touch faces, and through that embrace reincarnate. Magical thinking and mythic beliefs tell us that our egos will continue through the Law of Karma - good boys and girls get to be reborn as spiritually-aware people, bad boys and girls are forced into painful rebirths to burn and purge their sins. Read More
Written by Tom Carroll
Late one rainy afternoon in the parking lot of my bank, I dropped a gold nugget. It had been in a wooden box with several old pieces of jewelry. Rings, one raw nugget and a nugget studded stick pen. There were also tie clasps and cuff links from another era and an assortment of broken chains and other bits and pieces, some solid and others, gold plated. These were things that I had no use for but still held sentimental value and with the rising price of the metal, I'd decided to put them all in a safe place. Read More
Here is a photo of the group at the end of the three-day Mondo sesshin that Vicara and I just led at the Venwoude commune near Utrecht in the Netherlands. Having worked with their core group this time, we will return for a full seven-day sesshin next April. Read More
- Traditional Silent Zen Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Kongo-ji
- Sanchi Shudo Reta Lawler Roshi
- The Heart Of Zen
- The Junpo Roku
- A Heart Blown Open
- A Nondual View of the Emotional Body
- A Letter from the Air Force Academy Buddhist Program Leader
- In Defense of Promiscuity
- Meditation Practice Yields Gold!
- Windmills of Your Mind