Teachers & Priests
Fudo Myoo Teja Bell, Roshi
Ordained in 2004 by Junpo Denis Kelly – lineage Rinzai Zen and Dharma heir - Teja was given the dharma name “Fudō Myōō - The Immutable One.”
On retreats, he teaches martial arts in the spirit of his teacher Robert Nadeau and the Founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, he also teaches energy arts, Tai Chi, Qigong and relevant yogic practices, hand-in-hand with meditation and counseling.
Teja has these reflections on his ordination and dharma name:
Before the age of two, I was known in my family as “Fu.” This name came to me by way of my Great Aunt Leona, who spent over thirty years living in China. I also have her last name as my middle name, which is Linden (from Vander Linden). Being called Fu or Fudo is commonplace amongst my family and close friends from this early age to present. The fierce deity of fire and wisdom, Fudō Myōō is my resonant spirit.
Fudō Myōō, (Achalanatha in Sanskrit), is the guardian of wisdom, the Unshakable Spirit, that personifies the virtue of perseverance - is portrayed holding a sword in his right hand and a coiled rope in his left hand. With this sword of wisdom (akin to Manjushri), Fudō Myōō, cuts through delusion and ignorance, and with the rope he binds violent passions and destructive emotions - known in Buddhist nomenclature as kleśā.
Fudō Myōō is often portrayed surrounded by flames, flames that consume the delusion and the ignorance of this world. Fudo is the principal deity of the Five Lords of Light. He has close association with the Dragon (Ryujinsama) divinity and with the Martial Arts. Fudō Myōō (Acala Vidyârâja) transmits the teachings and the injunctions of Mahâvairocana (the life force – Ki/Chi – of the Buddhas that illuminates everything) to all living beings. Fudō’s nature is essentially one of compassion and he has vowed to be of service to all beings for eternity.
Fudō Myōō has two teeth protruding from out of his mouth, an upper tooth and a lower tooth. The upper tooth is pointed downward and this represents his unlimited compassion to those who are suffering in body and spirit. His lower tooth is pointed upward and this represents the strength of his desire to progress upward in his service of the Truth. In his upward search for Bodhi -enlightenment - and in his downward concern for suffering beings, he represents the awakening of the Bodhicitta: compassionate concern for others.
Nômaku sanmanda bazaradan senda
makaroshada sowataya un tarata kanman
Namah samanta-vajrânâm canda
mahârosana sphotaya hûm trat hâm mâm
Homage to the all-pervading Vajras!
O Ferocious One of great wrath!
Destroy! hûm trat hâm mâm