We have founded Integrating Zen Center Inc. as the successor organization of Integral Zen, Inc. Integrating Zen Center is the organization that will take the gem that is Mondo Zen, the life’s work of JunPo Denis Kelly Roshi, fully into the 21st Century and beyond for the benefit of all beings. Integrating Zen Center is built on the solid foundation of both the rich Zen meditation tradition and the Mondo Zen koan dialectic process.
From absolute clarity and selfless compassion, Integrating Zen Center will add:
- Specific teachings of the early Chan (Zen) masters of China
- A framework based on Ken Wilber’s Integral theory (a ‘theory of everything’ that places a wide diversity of theories and thinkers into one single framework)
- A deepening appreciation and understanding of emotional maturity as well as the profound impact of shadow, trauma and attachment work in our lives
- A personal commitment to doing this deeper work that all of us need to do to be more whole
The goal of Integrating Zen Center is to provide a vehicle and specific practices for supporting individuals on their own unique path of “Waking Up, Growing Up, Cleaning Up, and Showing Up” in all dimensions and aspects of their lives.
It is difficult to fully awaken on one’s own without the guidance and wisdom of a qualified teacher and a supportive community. It is also true that in the process of waking up we each must deal with our own psychological and karmic shadows. Shadows are “the me that I can’t see” – those pieces of us that have been frozen in time and locked out of sight of our conscious awareness. As we deepen our insight, we are more able to see and transform our negative and habitual reactive patterns. We are only able to transform the reactive patterns that we are aware of; the ones that are in the shadows remain unseen and still reactive.
Interestingly, while we cannot see our own shadows (by definition), it is often the case that others can see them. This is one reason that community is vital in the awakening process. We awaken and heal within our relationships, not outside of them.
We are a growing and dedicated community of men and women who deeply understand the Mondo Zen koan dialectic and maintain a disciplined concentration meditation practice. We are committed to learning how to discuss issues from an Integral perspective and a causal, witnessing vantage point. We understand and appreciate the fact, as Roger Walsh expertly says: “Everyone, even spiritual teachers, have shadows.” Being radically open, honest, vulnerable and transparent highlights the need for everyone in the community to participate in personal shadow, trauma and insecure attachment work. Becoming conscious of our many personal and cultural shadows and blind spots is essential to becoming a healthy and whole human being. Being committed to personally doing our own awakening, growing and healing work is an essential part of building a healthy, thriving community and showing up in the world.
Here are some of the specific things we are up to:
- We have formed a joint venture with the ManKind Project USA and have lead over a dozen 4-Day Integral Mondo Zen Retreats for men and women all over the US
- Through this joint venture we are building relationships and collaborating with community leaders to bring Integral Mondo Zen into many other communities
- We publish a monthly newsletter. – Click here to subscribe
- We are empowering priests and senior students to use their knowledge and talents to create many courses and webinars to be offered through the Integrating Zen Center
- We are developing a two year Integrating Zen Program to provide advanced training for Mondo Zen Facilitators
What would it be like to live in a city or town where such a community actually shows up to engage personally and collectively with the challenge of making that town or city a better place in which to live, work, play and raise families? What would it be like with 10, or 100, or even 1000 such practice communities across the country and across the world?
I don’t know but I certainly would like to sit together with you in not-knowing-mind as we creatively and collaboratively allow answers to these questions to arise out of absolute emptiness and manifest with selfless caring in the relative world. Would you be interested?
With our individual and collective views, thoughts, words, actions, right livelihoods, disciplined concentration, genuine insight and unreasonable joy, we are continually choosing to be open, honest, vulnerable and transparent as we build and learn to grow vibrant communities where each individual receives the most appropriate support possible and takes personal responsibility for waking up, growing up, cleaning up and showing up as an authentic whole human being and fully realized Buddha.
~ DoShin Roshi, Founder
How you can help
Yes, I want to lend a hand in bringing Mondo Zen to more people. I have time and talent that can help Integrating Zen I understand that my actions and energy can help to bring this growing community into a more organized whole.
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I want to see Mondo Zen and Integrating Zen offered to many more people, and I understand that building an organization will take money. I would like to donate to this tax-deductible cause.
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It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual.
The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.
~Thich Nhat Hanh