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Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi
Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi is the 83rd Patriarch of his lineage of Rinzai Zen.
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About Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi 

Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi is the 83rd Patriarch of his lineage of Rinzai Zen. He began his Buddhist practice at Zen Center San Francisco in the early ’70s, later becoming a student of Eido Shimano Roshi in New York and subsequently a monk. He received inka from Eido Shimano Roshi in 1992. Interested in bringing his Zen lineage (Rinzai tradition) into American culture without the Japanese cultural bindings, Jun Po left the monastery and founded the lay Buddhist Hollow Bones order, of which he is abbot. He also created Mondo Zen which incorporates emotional maturity and insight with meditative awareness. He established Hollow Bones seven-day Zen retreats for the Mankind Project. As a yoga instructor Jun Po traces his lineage to BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois.

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