Jun Po Roshi: Emotional Koans



Jun Po Roshi received his Zen Masters recognition in 1992. He was Vice Abbot and head monk as well as resident yoga teacher at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kong Ji in the Catskill Mountains in New York state from 1987 through 1993. His Inka Zen lineage is in the Rinzai tradition, through Eido Shimano Roshi of the The Zen Studies Society. His yoga lineage is that of BKS Iyengar and Patabi Jois. Jun Po has been practicing, studying and teaching Zen and Yoga for over twenty-five years.

Our first event of 2016 will be with esteemed Zen master, Jun Po Roshi, abbot of the Hollow Bones Order. Jun Po is beloved among many Integral practitioners for his unconventional approach to Zen practice. He has taught at a number of Integral events over the past years, and his two most recent books, including his biography, A Heart Blown Open, were co-written with a member of the integral community, Keith Martin-Smith.

Jun Po is also the main creator of the Mondo Zen™ approach practiced by Hollow Bones. Mondo Zen™ is based on Japanese and Chinese Zen, updated for the 21st Century. Mondo Zen™ transcends the hierarchical/authoritarian, gender-biased and constraining monastic aspects of traditional Zen in favor of practical, experiential “in the world” engagement. Relying only on direct personal experience—as taught by the Buddha himself—it does not allow mythic constructs to complicate its philosophical orientation. This includes ideas such as reincarnation, soul as personality, bardo realms, past lives, a creator deity, or other faith-based beliefs.

In this evening program, Jun Po Roshi will lead a group Mondo koan process. This will be a Zen dialog between Jun Po and two volunteers and is an opportunity to witness, participate and share an experience of insight leading to a interesting liberating shift in philosophical perspective. Shifting our perspective from ego-centric to more Buddha-centric. From that shifted perspective we will then engage in an emotional Koan investigation demonstrating a practice that can lead to emotional freedom and maturity.

Here is a wonderful little video about emotional koans. Notice how in this practice Jun Po Roshi connects anger with deep caring. Beautiful!

Please join us for an deeper dive into the practice of emotional koans. Through such practices we come to see through our ego and experience our true nature as Clear Deep Heart/Mind. We will then experience the fear, sadness/grief, and concern that underlie all of our habitual, negative emotional reactions. Once we change our understanding and realize this truth, we can transform negative emotional reactions into wise, compassionate responses and alleviate suffering.

To accomplish this, we need to change our philosophical understanding and experience genuine insight. Once we change our understanding and realize this truth, we will be able to recognize violence expressed as anger, shame, disconnection and other self-defeating patterns as confused immature emotional reactions masking our deeper feelings of fear, sadness and genuine concern. In this way, through the Mondo Zen koan practice, we can transform negative emotional reactions into wise, compassionate responses and alleviate suffering.

Our angst becomes our liberation.

“Mondo Zen training is one of the most important, creative, and novel additions to the meditation pantheon, highly recommended for the accelerated effect it has on spiritual growth and development. Definitely check it out!” — Ken Wilber

Jun Po Roshi: Emotional Koans

Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $12 senior/student/hardship
(Pre-registration ends 11:30pm the day before the event)

Day of Event: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship
No one turned away for lack of funds

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details