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September, 2012

Loveland Beckons

There is still room for you at the Mondo Zen sesshin October 13-20 at the ever-hospitable Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, with its beautiful views and incredible vegetarian meals. 

Experience the Mondo Zen process to wake up to the truth of who you are; discover peace in the Rockies and in yourself.  Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi will be leading this retreat.

For more information and to register, go to the Mondo Zen websiteNow is the time.

New York, New York

Jun Po presented an "Introduction to  Mondo Zen" to over 25 people at the Shobo-ji zendo in Manhattan on August 24-25.  On the following day, Jun Po gave a talk to members of a local sangha and residents of Long Island.  


Right View:  The Roots of Conscious Embodiment 

by Daju Suzanne Friedman

Conscious embodiment is a physical manifestation of your Hollow Bones Zen practice. Many dynamic physical practices evolved from the merging of Indian Buddhist yogic traditions with Chinese Daoist, medical, and shamanic traditions.

What is right view in the context of conscious embodiment? Your answer is an essential key to maintaining a consistent practice.

Food for Thought

Lu HuiChing’s Commentary to the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching):

Dark and unfathomable is yin. Bright and perceptible is yang. As soon as we are born, we all turn our backs on the dark and unfathomable yin and turn toward the bright and perceptible yang. Fortunately, we keep ourselves in harmony with the breath between.

How do you breathe throughout the day?
How do you breathe during your conscious embodiment practice?
Breath is the secret to maintaining the balance between your body’s energy and your mental/emotional states.

From the Dao De Jing:

Nothing in all beneath heaven is so soft and weak as water.
And yet, for conquering the hard and strong,
Nothing succeeds like water.
And nothing can change it-
Weak overcoming strong
Soft overcoming hard.
Everything throughout all beneath heaven knows this,
And yet nothing puts it into practice.

Commentator Su Che says:

If we control the strong with the strong, one will break, or the other will shatter. But if we control the strong with the weak, the weak will not be exhausted and the strong will not be damaged. Water is like this.

Can you be “weak” (soft) and flexible like water?
Water can wear down even the hardest rock.
Do you have patience? Determination? Are you willing to remain completely open and present during your practice?

Have you realized that your conscious embodiment practice is a reflection of your insight practice and vice-versa? Have you manifested your understanding that this body is a great gift, your vehicle for awakening and maintaining awareness?

If you aren’t free of yourself, how will you ever become yourself?
Can you get out of your head and into your body?
When you practice, are you thinking or doing?
Your mental focus/view during practice is as important as the physical movements.

“Because the sage has given up contention,
Nothing under heaven contends with the sage.”

Are you fighting against your body or are you developing a consistent practice that enables your body to relax and open slowly and steadily?
What do you choose to do for conscious embodiment?
What do you choose as your mental focus during conscious embodiment?

Realistic intention is key:  What is your plan?

I plan to do the following weekly:

When I practice, I will maintain my mental focus on:

My conscious embodiment goal, reachable or not, is:


Dharma Cruiser

On October 10, 1992, Jun Po received Dharma Transmission at Dai Bosatsu in New York. 

Read about his passage through the traditional Five Dharma Gates:  Part 1 and Part 2 from a recently discovered online document (use zoom on your browser to read).


September 22-28, 2012 - 6-day Silent Sesshin led by Doshin Roshi at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, California.

September 24-30, 2012 - 7-day Mondo Zen Teacher Training led by Jun Po Roshi at Venwoude International in the Netherlands.

October 5-7, 2012 - Weekend Mondo retreat at Still Point Zen Center in Random Lake, Wisconsin with Meru Doug Szper. Contact to register.

October 13-20, 2012 - 7-day Mondo Zen Sesshin led by Jun Po Roshi at Sunrise Ranch near Loveland, CO.

November 24-December 1, 2012 - Rohatsu 7-day Sesshin led by Jun Po Roshi at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality in Green Bay, WI.

January 19-25, 2013 - 6-Day Mondo Zen Sesshin led by Jun Po Roshi at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, CA. 
This retreat is full.  Contact Kevala at to be placed on the waiting list.

March 23-29, 2013- 6-day Mondo Zen Sesshin at Pendle Hill led by Jun Po Roshi.

May 11-18, 2013 - 7-day Teacher Training led by Jun Po Roshi at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.  Prerequisite:   Participation in at least one Mondo Zen retreat.

June 15-22, 2013 - 7-day specially designed Mondo Zen Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu in New York State led by Jun Po Roshi.

Visit the Retreat Calendar on the website for more information.

Jun Po's Biography

A Heart Blown Open: The Life & Practice of Zen Master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi by Keith Martin-Smith is available on Amazon.    

Listen to Ken Wilber interview Jun Po about his biography (courtesy of Integral Life).

Being There ... Being Here

Bunan Michael Brown is finding much time for meditation while he is serving a four-month sentence in prison.  To connect with him, check out his blog.

Rumi ...

Your intelligence is always
with you,
overseeing your body, even though
you may not be aware of its work.

If you start doing something
against your health,
your intelligence
will eventually scold you.

If it had not been so lovingly
close by,
and so constantly monitoring,
how could it rebuke?

You and your body’s intelligence
are like the beauty and precision
of an astrolabe.

Together, you calculate how near
existence is to the sun.

Your intelligence is
marvelously intimate.
It is not in front of you or behind,
or to the left or the right.

Now, my friend, try to describe
how near
is the creator of your intelligence.

There are guides
who can show you the way.
Use them.

But they will not satisfy your longing.
Keep wanting the connection with presence
with all your pulsing energy.

The throbbing vein
will take you further
than any thinking.

Muhammed said, “Do not theorize
about essence. All speculations
are just more layers of covering.
Human beings love coverings.

They think the designs on
the curtains
are what is being concealed.
Observe the wonders as they
occur around you.
Do not claim them.
Feel the artistry
moving through and
be silent.”


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