Zen Circle – an online shadow work practicum

Start time: 10:30 am MST, 5:30 pm GMT
Duration: 2 hours, 6 sessions

  1. Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  2. Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  3. Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  4. Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  5. Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  6. Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Cost is on a sliding scale – pay what you can afford: $325, $275, $225

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For those who participated in the Shadow Work courses or those who missed those offerings but have an understanding of shadow and would like to dive deeper, we are offering this opportunity to embody and practice the shadow work with other practitioners to offer more tools to use in resolving and integrating, “The me that I can’t see.”

This practicum is modeled on Doshin Roshi’s Zen Circle which has been Denver Sangha’s practice laboratory for 15 years. Zen Circle deepens insight, refines our Mondo Zen emotional koans, and allows participants to experience the core realness of the Integral Zen community. Shadow, trauma and attachment material, traditionally addressed by psychotherapy, purifies much more effectively when a container of Witnessing Mind is maintained by the facilitator and the group members. And it’s also extremely valuable to contextualize our ego contractions from an Integral point of view, serving further healing as well as cognitive and emotional development.

If you would like to register for this course, please submit short responses to the following questions by email to the course facilitator, Zenho at by October 1st, 2018. Due to limitations on group size, there is no guarantee that all applicants will be registered.

Here are the questions:

  1. Waking Up: How would you assess your experience and understanding of Witnessing Mind? Include your experience with Mondo Zen, silent retreats or other contemplative practices…
  2. Growing Up: How would you assess your own level of development? Describe your knowledge of Integral Theory or human developmental theory. Did you participate in the “What Color is Your Shadow” courses?
  3. Cleaning Up: What is your experience in psychotherapy, shadow/trauma work, and group process?


Course Series: What Color is Your Shadow

Three online courses exploring the creation, disowning, denying, then reintegrating of our shadow selves

Level 1 — What Color is Your Shadow?
Level 2 — What Color is Your Shadow:  Collective Shadows
Level 3 — What Color is Your Shadow: State Shadows

Join Doshin Roshi from Integral Zen, in this interactive, introspective and exploratory journey into our shadows from meditative mind. In a series of three courses – levels 1, 2 and 3 – we will cover the following areas:

  • What are shadows and who has them?
  • The difference between, shadows, trauma, insecure attachment and karma
  • The inter-personal dynamics of absolute and relative selves.
  • Superficial and deep collective shadows (demons)
  • Disowning and denying unacceptable emotions
  • Developmental trauma and disowning emotions
  • An Integral map of how our ego develops
  • 1-2-3 creation of shadows and the 3-2-1-0 process of reclaiming shadows from 2nd Tier – Causal/Witnessing perspective
  • How to become a whole and complete person and why it is important for deep healing and for spiritual awakening.
This powerful work of Integral Zen, provides a taste of waking up, growing up, cleaning up and showing up for the benefit of all beings!

Level 1 — What Color is Your Shadow?

Next course: Two days on Sunday June 24, 2018 and Sunday July 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm GMT, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm CET
Cost: Offered on a sliding scale donation basis, suggested donation (US$): $250 – $175 – $100


What Color is Your Shadow - Level 1

Using the insight of pure Awareness and the knowledge of developmental theory, we explore the parts of ourselves that have been rejected and disowned in order to survive. Learning to be uncomfortable and look at the distasteful parts of “me” that have been suppressed, provides an opportunity to reclaim what has been split off.

This leads to integration, greater wholeness and authenticity.  Learning to see all this, as not being a problem, is quite helpful.  It enables us to appreciate it as a process of creative adaptation to the overwhelming difficulties of life we face as we are growing up through stages of development.

These shadows include the disowned sub-personalities as well as earlier developmental traumas, insecure attachment issues and karma.  Once you begin to experience this, you will never look at yourself in the same way.

Level 2 — What Color is Your Shadow:  Collective Shadows

Next course:

  • Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Sunday, July 29, 2018

Time: Each session lasts 2 hours starting at 10:30 am PDT, 11:30 am MDT 1:30 pm EST, 6:30pm GMT, 7:30 pm CET
Cost: Offered on a sliding scale donation basis, suggested donation (US$): $250 – $175 – $100

Each session lasts 2 hours and is held within Zoom video conferencing system, with a mixture of teaching, live demo work and small group breakout sessions


Integral Zen What Color is My Shadow Course Level 2 2018-05-14

Birds of a feather flock together.”  Individuals usually flock together in groups that share the same feathers—similar beliefs, values and blind spots.  These collective belief systems and blind spots can be studied and categorized using the Wilber’s colourful altitudes or stages of development.  This enables us to develop powerful new ways of looking at and understanding group inter-dynamics that explain many of the culture-wars that can’t be understood with current, less complete ways of thinking. Keeping in mind what Anthropologist Weston La Barre, said: “The only difference between a culture and a psychosis is the number of people involved,” we examine an old question with new tools.  The question: How can an individual awaken, grow, heal and maintain a reasonable level of sanity in an insane world?

During the 6-session course, participants will learn and walk away with:

  • A deeper understanding of our collective likes and dislikes become preferences and prejudices, growing and changing in healthy and unhealthy ways over time.
  • Gain a more nuanced view of how these collective likes and dislikes grow into addictions and allergies; and then show up in the form of culture wars and cultural blind spots.
  • Find and articulate what are the medicines that will help heal the diseases of these inner conflicts, manifesting all around us in outer wars.
  • Learn how to walk the path of wholeness offered from the marriage of Zen wisdom, Integral Theory, as well as Developmental and Depth Psychology.
  • Learn to shift your ethical perspective from one of perfection, which makes us all victims, to one of: Real Holistic Inclusion, which enables us to take responsibility for integrating all of our discordant parts into a real fully functional awake, evolved, clean and caring human being.

Level 3 — What Color is Your Shadow:  State Shadows

In order to begin to see even the possibility of State Shadows, we will need to do some work.  We will begin with a simple model of three states of consciousness and then expand our model to four and five states. In the three-state model there are: The Gross, Subtle and Causal States. The objects of experience of the Gross state are the objects of our five senses—things we can see, hear, taste, smell and touch.  The Causal state has no objects to be experienced; it is the state before objects arise, the absolute void, an emptiness of all objects.  The Subtle state is the field of all objects that can be experienced, other than Gross physical objects of the five senses and the lack of any objects in Causal state.  Using the wisdom of Buddhism, we complete the exploration of the territory Wilber describes in The Religions of Tomorrow, where he says: “Shadows are addictions and allergies in States and Stages, and what drives them.”

Dates: Dates TBA
Offered on a sliding scale donation basis, suggested donation (US$): $250 – $175 – $100