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Summer Reading

Thursday, July 04, 2019

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.  Read More

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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 Junpo Roku

Saturday, November 03, 2012

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

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A Heart Blown Open

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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


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. 

Go to Divine Arts

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A Nondual View of the Emotional Body

Thursday, October 06, 2011

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

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A Letter from the Air Force Academy Buddhist Program Leader

Saturday, July 30, 2011

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

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Meditation Practice Yields Gold!

Friday, December 24, 2010

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

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Windmills of Your Mind

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Dear Sangha,

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

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What Roshi Did on His Summer Vacation

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One of Jun Po's passions ... wild-caught edibles.

While at Wild Goose Zendo in August preparing for sesshin, Jun Po and Kevala went mushroom hunting.  Jackpot!  From the Mushroom Master himself, read more about these two varieties. Read More

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