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 email@example.com to register.
October 13-20, 2012 - 7-day Mondo Zen Sesshin led by Jun Po Roshi at Sunrise Ranch near Loveland, Colorado.
November 24-December 1, 2012 - Rohatsu 7-day Sesshin led by Jun Po Roshi at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
January 19-25, 2013 - 6-Day Mondo Zen Sesshin led by Jun Po Roshi at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, California.
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.
In a forest in the middle of Iowa, thirty-nine people gathered to experience Mondo Zen. Great faith, great doubt, great perseverance ... great love.
Celebration for the three people who took jukai:
Chu Do Ryan Hall
Bu Nan Michael Brown
Daiden Dan Pecault
Gratitude. The birds are still singing.
Jun Po's Biography
The Mondo Roku
I am compiling a Roku (record) of the essence of Junpo's dharma. If you have a recording of Junpo from between the years 1993-1999, or if you have any leads, would you please contact me asap at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much!
With love and respect,
...Being There (cont.)
“How interesting,” I thought. An opportunity to experience and witness a destructive pattern arising and then passing away. Somehow dropping into clear, deep heart-mind, I felt a weight off my shoulders and a lightness I don’t often feel.
Still, I arrived at the Zendo with trepidation. I still had to face the roshi. Doshin greeted me with his usual bear hug. Without even so much as looking at his watch, he offered me a cup of green tea and we sat down on cushions to start the session.
The time of my arrival, he said, was of no consequence. In fact, it was perfect timing. He didn’t say why. But I sensed somehow he knew that most of the “work” that afternoon had been done as I crawled 10 mph down a rain-drenched Colorado freeway.
Poem for my daughter
Nia Jean Thomas
Nia, take this name
into yourself as your own
like a long drink
after a thirst.
the name in Swahili meaning, "to have purpose,"
do that, go forward,
like your two parents did,
the day after you were born
(humid, July, out from the dark depths of a birthing center
into the light
of a New York City street fair).
We were young, bewildered,
in the glittering light.
You held fast
in our arms.
my grandmother's name
who died with music in her life, struggle, sorrow,
Jean, also a nod to
free-form jazz singer
singing, scatting, talking
in front of upright bass, flute, drums.
One song, Sundance:
only a feeling;
only a being;
your father's name
Nia Jean Thomas
a poem for you
your God-given name
~ by Heather Scott (Iowa Sesshin)