Monday, June 21
2805 North Broadway Street, Boulder, CO 80304
PLEASE NOTE: THE MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY ON A BREAK. CHECK BACK SOON AND WE WILL ALSO ANNOUNCE VIA NEWSLETTER WHEN WE START CLASSES AGAIN.
What: Senshi Meditation & Mindfulness Practice
When: 7-8pm Monday nights. starting Nov. 9th (please be in the meditation hall a few minutes before 7pm)*
Where: Meditation Room at Boulder Integral (2805 Broadway Street, Boulder)
Facilitator: Keith Martin-Smith
“Senshi” means “warrior” in Japanese, and this is warrior training for your body, your mind, and your spirit. Becoming an accomplished athlete, artist, businessperson, or author requires discipline of practice. Our spiritual practice is no different.
Senshi Meditation takes seriously the idea that there is nothing more important in your life right now then waking up. Every minute spent asleep is another minute spent in bondage, in contraction, in ignorance, in servitude to old stories, patterns, and obsessions. This is a life and death practice, and we will take our seats as warriors dedicated to our path.
Will be explained before we seal the container of our group. Instruction will be provided for other activities at the appropriate time. No unnecessary speaking or eye contact during the hour of formal practice — this is a sacred space dedicated to our Awakening!
Boulder, CO has many strengths, but a sharp and clear lineage of spiritual discipline, taught in an uncompromising way, is not one of them. While emotional processing, the honoring of all perspectives, and go-at-your-own pace models all serve our emerging, post-conventional selves, they can be toxic to the spiritual path. “There is a way between voice and presence where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens. With wondering talk it closes.” —Rumi
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Keith Martin-Smith began studying the Dharma in 1996, and took Red Tara Empowerment and Bodhisattva Vows with Lama Tsering Everest in 2001. In 2007 he met Jun Po Roshi and became a formal student of his, and was given the Dharma name “Ko Gen” (“Tiger Eye”). Keith/Kogen has been authorized by Jun Po Roshi to teach the Mondo Zen deconstruction/reconstruction protocol and meditation.
Kogen is also the most senior disciple and only lineage holder of Grandmaster Jeon Hoon Jeon, 3rd Generation White Tiger Master, and has been given the title of “Co-Master” in the instruction of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Qi Gong. He has been training since 1994 and teaching since 2003. His training in Kung Fu and Qi Gong is ongoing on the way to becoming a Master. He has also studied Jin Woo, Hung Gar, Wing Chun, and Jinqui Qi Gong.
“What is better, satisfying 1,000 desires or conquering one?”
INTEGRAL FRAME FOR THOSE INTERESTED
An absolutistic (Amber) frame for teaching has been used for millennia in spiritual and physical disciplines, but has been increasingly abandoned as we moved into modernity (Orange) and postmodernity (Green). But we are seeing in places like Boulder, CO, some of the problems when one throws out the Amber, hierarchical frame for teaching: namely, it is the most effective way to create change. Amber is wonderful at helping to break the body and the mind into a difficult discipline. Orange interpretations of these disciplines can focus too much on the status and ranking of the student, while Green interpretations are, among other problems, reluctant to force one kind of training and philosophy onto students. The result of the loss of Amber teaching methods applied to marital arts and spiritual practice has been a reduction in the quality of students and of their overall competency.
We can add Orange and Green emergent truths and understandings into pre-and-post practice structures, to honor the insights of those worldviews. But putting those structures into the Amber frame destroys the pressure that Amber has been so carefully formatted to create, and lengthens the entire process when it doesn’t destroy it utterly.
7PM, Wednesday, May 6th
Doors open at 6:30pm
Suggested Donation $5 – $15 or please share some snacks or drinks
On this day, we will also be announcing Boulder Integral’s first Creative Writers’s Group
Explore the emotional side of Integral art through the only work of fiction endorsed by both Ken Wilber and Robb Smith.
Keith Martin-Smith will be having his official book release party on Wednesday, May 6th at Boulder Integral. He will be reading from his collection of short stories, The Mysterious Divination of Tea Leaves.
In the course of getting the book published, Keith managed to gather nearly 300 rejection letters (possibly a record), which will be prominently displayed at the party. After the reading, the letters will be offered up in a bonfire of contempt, or celebration, whichever feels right.
And you can join in all of this too!! We invite you to bring anything YOU would like to offer up into the bonfire – divorce papers, rejection letters, old love letters – to join Keith in an homage to our beige roots…
“This is a profound and deeply felt collection of short stories, highly recommended for those who are looking for intelligence, insight, wit and wisdom…”
~ Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision
“Evoking the exciting, tragic and even seemingly ordinary memories of what it means to be human, Keith Martin-Smith sees into our collective lived experiences and grabs those little nuggets of life that remind us of both our delightful intricacy and noble frailty.”
~ Jeff Salzman, Co-Founder, Boulder Integral
“Like a contemporary Rod Sterling or Alfred Hitchcock, Keith Martin-Smith pierces the placid surfaces of characters we all know — and are. He has a way of exploding ordinary lives into universes of mystery and heartbreak, and yet ultimate sanity. These people and their stories both haunt and, strangely, comfort me.”
~ Robb Smith, CEO Integral Life
Boulder Integral regular and author Keith Martin-Smith recently sat down with our good friend Jun Po Denis Kelly for a talk about Mondo Zen, the influence of integral theory, and Jun Po’s vast experiences with state altering substances. You can also view the videos in HD here. Like these videos and want to see more? Support Boulder Integral by becoming a regular donating member or making a one-time donation!