3-Day Integral Mondo Zen™ Retreat

by David Galvagno on August 13, 2016

An Opportunity to enliven the soul and fundamentally alter your view of the world.

The practice of sitting meditation (zazen) has been shown to have dramatic and positive effects for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Integral Mondo Zen retreats are a rare combination of deep meditative practice, transformative process, rigorous intellectual exploration and sacred ritual, led by men and women with a powerful commitment to the betterment of all beings.

Mondo Zen™ is a process developed by JunPo Denis Kelly, Roshi, founder and Abbot of the Hollow Bones order of Rinzai Zen. The transformative process of Mondo Zen™, is a western adaptation of the ancient Chinese and Japanese Koan process of zen training updated for the 21st century.

Mondo is a Japanese word that means “the way of dialogue”; Zen means “pure awareness” or Dhyana. Mondo Zen then is a form of inquiry and discussion between teacher and student, based on the Japanese Koan process to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. It is a direct transmission of pure awareness — pure meditative mind. This modern koan approach is very effective in deepening our understanding, clearing our minds and transforming our habitual unconscious negative emotional reactions into conscious compassionate responses.

If you are ready to take the next step in gaining greater emotional maturity and spiritual awareness then this retreat is for you. If you are prepared to lay the foundation upon which incredibly deep personal work can be successful then this retreat is for you. If you are willing to be open, honest and vulnerable within a sacred circle of men and women equally committed to growing up, waking up and cleaning up, then this retreat is for you. If you are able to see and are attracted to the the power, interconnection and inter-dependency of deep relationship and the richness of community, then this retreat is for you.

Click here to find out what others have said after attending one (or more) Integral Mondo Zen™ Retreats.

This training starts on Thursday, September 15, 2016 and runs through Sunday , September 18, 2016, click here for more information or if you are ready click here to register  

Sponsored by the ManKind Project USA,
developed and staffed by members of the Integral Mondo Zen Community.

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2016 USA Gathering of Elders

by David Galvagno on May 24, 2016

The Upstate NY Area of the Mankind Project and
the ManKind Project USA
Invite you to join us at the

2016 USA Gathering of Elders

Thursday, September 29th to Sunday October 2nd
Ritual Elder Workshop – September 28th & 29th

 “Bridging The Gaps With Dynamic Eldership

Brothers and Sisters of all ages …

Join us for a weekend full of discovery, engagement and celebration in the bountiful Finger Lakes region of NY State.  A weekend long exploration of what it means to be a dynamic elder in today’s culturally diverse world.   Filled with workshops, lively discussions, games and experiential discovery, come join us as we explore, acknowledge and understand dynamic eldership and the gender, generational and multicultural gaps that exist today.  Our goal is to learn how to bridge these gaps helping us grow towards a more unified and accepting world.

We are seeking men and women of all ages to join together ready to ‘work’ on rebuilding bridges, embracing our similarities and differences, and celebrating the wisdom that exists in us all. The team we’ve assembled to design and deliver the program include men and women of a broad range of cultural and generational foundations, both local and national leaders in personal growth communities.  Let’s ignite a movement of unity as we leave with toolkit that will allow us to go forth in our own communities to deepen our roles as mentor, mentee and elder.

We’ve chosen to host the conference in the heart of the Finger Lakes at CAMP CORY on Keuka Lake, a picturesque well-appointed coed YMCA camp with accommodations for both men and women.  There are also nearby hotel accommodations available as well. Timing couldn’t be better – it will be Autumn’s peak foliage season in the Finger Lakes with brilliant fall colors.

You are welcome and encouraged to join us … embrace your Dynamic Eldership and work together to help bridge the gaps.

In peace and in service.

Steve Aman & Chris Arthur

Co-chairs of USAGE 2016


Our Website is live come check it out for more information…  2016 USA Gathering of Elders



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