Boulder: Don’t Miss Jun Po Roshi Tonight!

Via on Nov 2, 2010

‘Cos He’s The Ultimate Zen Bad Ass.

Sorry to get the word out last minute, but if you’re eating dinner now, drop your fork and head to Boulder Integral to see Jun Po Roshi speak tonight!  Five reasons why you should check him out:

1. He’s HUGE into sustainability, and teaches that, with true meditative insight, anything other than environmental mindfulness becomes unfathomable. He’s one of the only spiritual teachers I’ve come across who gets this.

2. He was head of the family that developed Windowpane LSD in the 70s. He’s got a righteously interesting background!

3. He’s got lineage. He’s 83rd Patriarch of the Rinzai Zen School. He studied yoga with Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar.

4. He’s massively charismatic, articulate, and funny. He loves red wine and Zen tango, and is quite simply a pleasure to listen to.

5. He’ll deconstruct your world, but you’ll thank him for it. He’s updated the traditional koan system in a way that makes it more accessible for modern Americans, and it’s massively effective.

He’s speaking at Boulder Integral tonight (Tuesday, November 2) at 6:30pm.  The subject: Koans vs. Mantras.

Find more information about Jun Po and his order, Hollow Bones, here.

For more information about Boulder Integral and the event itself, go here.

For a taste, check out this charming clip of an interview he did with Stuart Davis:

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About Angela Raines

Angela Raines hails from "America's most dangerous city," St. Louis, MO. She recently moved to Boulder, CO (as one does) to write, do yoga, and sit. So far, this has worked out beyond her wildest dreams. She completed an editorial internship at Elephant Journal and still writes for them when Waylon reminds her. She landed a job at the company of her dreams, Integral Life, and is currently putting her third-person writing skills to work in her own online writing business, Conscious Copywriting. Her main teachers are Jun Po Roshi and Ken Wilber. She is an enthusiast of all things yogic, contemplative, and chocolate.

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4 Responses to “Boulder: Don’t Miss Jun Po Roshi Tonight!”

  1. Blake Wilson Blake says:

    What? A Zen Master with a sense of humor!? I don't believe it!

  2. [...] or zazen (Zen meditation) has been massively rewarding and transformative for me (my teacher being the Ultimate Zen Bad-Ass doesn’t hurt). I wanted to cultivate a lifestyle that facilitated more of this. So yeah—I came [...]

  3. Lopa Brunjes says:

    Great to see this, thank you! I have a teacher who has lineage; preaches sustainability; dismantles my ego with a glance; and makes me laugh harder than Dane Cook….but he lives far away–I'd love some dharmic injections from someone reasonably local! Excited to check out Jun Po Roshi, thank you!

  4. [...] Po Roshi, lineage holder in the Rinzai Zen order, is my primary teacher. He’s able to clearly articulate dharma teachings in a very helpful way; his presence is [...]

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