Hollow Bones Green Tara Sangha – Zen Meditation Buddhist Studies
Established in 1998, the Green Tara Sangha offers both the beginning and experienced student an opportunity for Zen practice, Buddhist study and fellowship with others interested in the practice of Dhyana meditation. The Sangha is sanctioned by Roshi Junpo Kando Denis Kelly, former Vice Abbot at Dai Bosatsu Monastery in New York. Junpo is Dharma Heir to Eido Shimano Roshi, of the Rinzai shu of Zen Buddhism.
FOUNDER OF THE SANGHA: JUNPO DENIS KELLY
Junpo Denis Kelly received his Zen Masters recognition in 1992. He was Vice Abbot and head monk and 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 Edio Shimano Roshi of The Zen Studies Society. His yoga lineage is that of BKS Iyengar and Patabi Jois. Junpo has been practicing, studying and teaching Zen and Yoga for over thirty-five years.
Mondo ZenTM is based on Japanese and Chinese Zen, updated for the 21st Century. Mondo ZenTM 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. This includes ideas such as reincarnation, soul as personality, bardo realms, past lives, a creator deity, or other faith-based beliefs. It is important that in our practice of Mondo ZenTM we consciously choose to set aside all such ideas at least until we have experienced, tested and evaluated for ourselves a simpler and stronger way of knowing. Why is this important? Because those beliefs and concepts force our immediate experience into a container of pre-defined understanding, robbing us of the experience of deeper insight. By letting go of our attachment to our beliefs and mythologies, at least while we are actively doing this practice, we remove a barrier to insight caused by our attachment to those views. Leave old concepts at the door with your hat and shoes—you can always pick them up again on the way out if they still fit!
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