Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi

Two times a year, Venwoude Retreat Center is “The European Retreat Center for Mondo Zen™ and Integral Zen Training”.

We are honored and blessed to host European Mondo Zen Retreats with Zen Masters and friends Jun Po Roshi and Doshin Roshi. They acknowledge Venwoude as a deep and inspiring container for their Retreats, due to the years of integral conscious practice at Venwoude.

Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi

Jun Po Denis Kelly, 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.

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Venwoude & Jun Po Denis Kelly

The moment several staff-members of Venwoude (Netherlands) ‘discovered’ and met Jun Po Denis Kelly and his Mondo Zen teachings, they were on fire. Venwoude, a Sangha and meeting place, where thousands find their support, training and practice, to contribute to the world from a more awakened perspective… Jun Po’s profound way of putting Koan-practice right in the middle of every-day-life…

A beautifull match, kind of love-at-first-sight!

What is Mondo Zen?

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.

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“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, The Integral Vision

Silent Zen Retreat

In March 2019 Jun Po Roshi and Vicara Roshi will lead a Silent Zen Retreat at Venwoude. The Silent Retreats of the past two years have been an exquisite powerful container for deep experiences of seeing through ego-mind and resting in Buddh-consciousness. The De-Light of the two Roshi’s added loads of humor and clear understanding of mind and meditation.

This Retreat is for those who want to deepen their meditation practice within the Dharma of the Mondo Zen tradition. This Silent Retreat contains sitting meditation, walking meditation, meditation in movement (Qigong and yoga), meditation in action, Dharma talks and Dokusan.

Two Roshi’s leading a Retreat is also a nice opportunity for Dharma combat and fun! Vicara Mary Connelly has been at Venwoude before in Mondo Zen Retreats. She is the first woman who received Inka transmission (and is therefor now Roshi) by Jun Po, in the lineage of Rinzai Zen.

“Now it is time to sit and cook” (Jun Po Roshi)

Programm 2018 & 2019

March 11th – 17th 2019:  Silent Zen Retreat
Costs: € 997,- dormitory based

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October 14th – 20th 2018: Mondo Zen Koan Process Retreat
Costs: € 997,- dormitory based

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Mondo Training Manual

Last year the Roshi’s and their friends have made a beautiful effort by upgrading the Mondo Zen Koan process. It has become so much clearer in language and understanding.
Mondo Training Manual 2018