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. 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