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Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi began his serious investigation of Buddhist thought and practice in 1965. He started Buddhist practice at Zen Center San Francisco under Suzuki Roshi.

In 1976 and 77 he met and trained closely with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the 16th Karmapa in Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, but ultimately found Trungpa’s teaching style and the baroque nature of Vajrayana too much for his taste. He returned to his Soto Zen practice until, in 1978, he finally met his Dharma match and became a student of Rinzai Zen Master Eido T. Shimano Roshi of Zen Studies Society in New York. He trained intermittently at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Livingston Manor, New York where he was ordained in 1984 and where he served as head monk, vice abbot and resident Yoga teacher from 1987 until 1993.

He received Inka, his Zen Master recognition, from Eido Roshi in 1992, the first student of Eido Roshi to receive that title. Devoted and determined to bring and integrate the essence of his Japanese Zen lineag