Doshin Nelson Roshi
Head Abbot, Integral Zen
Doshin started studying Zen in the late 60’s, but without the guidance of a good teacher, he was confused and discouraged by the teachings. In earnest he began studying other meditative practices and martial arts which were difficult but less obscure. It wasn’t until he met JunPo Kando Denis Kelly, Roshi that the disciplined practice and eloquent simplicity of Zen suddenly took root and began to penetrate the dense clouds of his stubborn conditioned mind, revealing the ordinary, openness of vast empty sky. Doshin was recognized as a Zen Master and received Inka from JunPo, Roshi in 2011 in Loveland, CO.
Doshin is a poet, troublemaker, and teacher – a Zen Master of no rank. He is the founder of Integral Zen, Inc. the Colorado branch of the Hollow Bones Zen Order and co-founder of the Poetry of Dying Project, which uses the mirror of death to point to the essence of life. Doshin worked directly with JunPo as he first released and then developed the Process of Mondo Zen™. He has been fully trained and is adequately skilled in this incredibly transformative practice.
Rev. Teja Fudo, Sensei
For more than 40 years, Teja Bell has integrated the practice and teaching of martial arts, healing energy practices, and the Dharma. He is a teacher of Aikido (5th degree Black Belt) and of the Chinese Internal Arts. He received inka and dharma transmission from Doshin Roshi on DATE.
Concurrent with his martial arts training, Teja has trained across the three major Buddhist traditions: Theravadin, Mahayana Zen, and Trans-Himalayan Vajrayana.
He began reading Zen texts and visiting teachers and centers as early as 1969.
Taking refuge and practicing Ngöndro and study in the Vajrayana traditions as well, Teja has had the opportunity to take teachings and empowerments from some of the great meditation teachers in the Tibetan lineages – Gelugpa, Nyingma and Kagyü, including advanced retreats in Trekchö and Tögyal, Madhyamika, Pöwa, Tsa Lung, Chöd, dream yoga, Mahamudra and Dzogchen and other forms of Bon and Vajrayana Buddhist practices and teachings with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
For the past 12 years, Teja has been a regular visiting teacher on multiple annual retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he has practiced and taught with many teachers in the Theravadin tradition of Insight Meditation, including Jack Kornfield and Robert Hall.
Teja is a bridge between the traditions of Buddhism and the Qigong and Yogic practices of Taoism. Teja began his journey studying martial arts (Judo and Kung Fu) in 1965 with Tatsumo Makami. His studies also included Yoga, Meditation and Eastern Philosophy. In 1971, Teja began his Aikido training with Jeff Fox Sensei (a student of Akira Tohei Sensei). He received a black belt ranking in Tae Kwon Do Karate with In Mok Kim, a 9th degree black belt. Teja expanded his training in 1975 to include Yang style Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong taught by Li Leita, a lineage Master in the “Yang” style.
While he continued his Aikido studies with Robert Nadeau Shihan and Frank Doran Shihan at City Aikido in San Francisco, Teja created a series of advanced training programs for students preparing for black belt level examinations, and created and taught children’s Aikido programs at Aikido of Tamalpais. Teja has also created and taught a low impact form of Aikido that he calls “Reduced Impact Aikido.” He now holds the rank of 5th degree black belt in Aikido, awarded to him by Nadeau Sensei.
In 1984, he traveled to Japan where he studied Aikido with the late Saito Sensei and lived at the Iwama Dojo, country home of Aikido’s O’Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.
Upon returning to the United States – while continuing Aikido training – Teja studied Chinese Internal Martial Arts: Wu Style Tai Chi, Xing Yi, Bagua and a variety of Qigong practices: Dragon and Tiger, Marriage of Heaven and Earth, Bend the Bow, Energy Gates, Spiraling Energy Body and Gods Playing in the Clouds and Taoist meditation with Bruce Kumar Frantzis.
He also studied the esoteric martial art and meditation system known as “Liu He Ba Fa” and other Nei Gong systems with Sifu Paul Dillon. Other important teachers have been Joseph Crandall, Frank McGouirk Sensei and Master Luo De Xiu (Eric Lo).
Teja teaches seminars and retreats in Qigong, the Dharma, meditation, Zen meditation and Aikido practices and the non-dual integration/deconstruction process as outlined by Peter Fenner. He is a teacher of Dr. Richard Paul’s “Critical Thinking.” He is a regular visiting teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (12 years), Aikido-Ai (17 years) and Hollow Bones/MondoZen retreats (10 years).
Teja is committed to the lifelong pursuit and mastery of these disciplines, and to the ethical and empowering communication and transmission of their essential qualities, for the benefit of all sentient beings. For more resources, contact information and schedule, please visit: www.QigongDharma.com
In addition to his martial arts and meditation training, Teja is also a professional musician and recording artist. For more information and access to his recordings, go to www.tejabell.com
Rev. Kogen Ananda, Sensei
Rev. Kogen Ananda, Keith Martin-Smith, is an award-winning author and Northern Kung Fu teacher. He begun his study of Kung Fu and Qi Gong in 1993 and in 2014 was elevated to a lineage holder and master by his teacher Jong Hoon Jeon, Da SiFu. He runs a school out of Boulder, Colorado.
In 2009, his first collection of short stories, The Mysterious Divination of Tea Leaves, was published. In 2012 his second major work was published, the award-winning memoir of Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, A Heart Blown Open, which Ken Wilber called, “A must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in human evolution.” In 2014, Jun Po and Kogen collaborated on another book, The Heart of Zen, which provides an in-depth question and answer discussion about Mondo Zen and Jun Po’s path to creating it.
Kogen began training in the dharma in 1997 under Lama Tsering Everest, the translator and senior student of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, himself a Dzogchen master and head of the Nyingma school of Buddhism. Kogen’s study lasted a decade, and he took empowerment and bodhisattva vows and finished the ngondro practices.
Yet in 2007 he met the highly irreverent and iconoclastic Zen master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, a “double-fisted intellectual”, and left the Vajrayana for Zen. Kogen was ordained by Jun Po five years later, in 2012, and given the dharma name Kogen Ananda due to his work in writing down the insights and teachings of this community. (Ananda was the historical Buddha’s cousin, known as the “Guardian of the Dharma”. He is credited with writing the Pali Canon for the First Buddhist Council.)
Kogen is always working on several new writing projects, both fiction and non-fiction. More about him can be found at www.keithmartinsmith.com