American Zen Master to give talk in Woodruff
Roshi Jun Po Denis Kelly of Appleton will speak at the Wind and Water Zen Sangha Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10.
Both sessions will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8625 Peggy’s Lane, off Woodruff Road, in Woodruff. The Friday two-hour session begins at 7 pm and is free and open to the public. The public is also invited to the Saturday practice session, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with lunch included. The cost is $30. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Jun Po is a priest with the Hollow Bones Rinzai order and a practitioner of Mondo Zen, an ancient koan diologue practice. Jun Po received his Zen Masters recognition in 1992 and has been practicing, studying and teaching Zen and yoga for more than 25 years.
In his Friday evening talk, Junpo will provide an overview of his method of bringing together the time-tested traditions of Zen Buddhism with the challenges of living a life of awareness and integrity in the modern world.
The Saturday practice session will feature the Mondo Zen process. The session will begin with a short service and will include several periods of meditation. A koan is a special kind of inquiry designed to still the noisy mind. The inquiry process allows for an awakening to a deeper truth about one’s nature and to experience a taste of enlightenment. Once experienced, the Mondo Zen practice becomes a useful tool in everyday life. More can be learned about Mondo Zen and JunPo’s practice community at MondoZen.org.
For more information, or to pre-register for the Saturday practice session, contact Morrison at (715) 356-7461.