Ven Dr Daifou Won Jishou Dharma Thich Đức Liểu Domun Prajñā Thich Nhat Kung Jongdrol Sunim Soen Roshi

The third teacher I’d like to include in this series is the Ven. Dr Daifou Won Jishou Dharma Thich Đức Liểu Domun Prajñā Thich Nhat Kung Jongdrol Sunim Soen Roshi, MDOZBC, PhD, DhD, 81st Patriarch in the unbroken Lineage of Bodhidharma, Archbishop of the Mountain Dew Order of Zen Contemplatives and Supreme Abbot of the Order’s Temple of Ten Thousand Golden Buddhas outside Taos, New Mexico where he also serves as Guiding Zen Master as well as Supreme Chancellor of Manjushri Dharma University.
juhold-sunimVenerable Won as he’s called by the handful of dedicated students flocking around his Dharma seat, was born Burt Campbell in 1957. He began practicing Advaita Vedanta with Eckhart Boomer and Vipassana with Sharon Goldstein in 1995 and was recognized as a genuine Teacher in the lineage of Ramana Maharshi the following year. Eckhart Boomer had studied with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) in the latter’s Indian Ashram for many years and was designated as a teacher in Osho’s lineage which means Ven. Wong could also claim Patriarchy in the Osho transmission lineage. In 1997 Ven. Wong was sanctioned as a teacher by the exclusive Insight Meditation Club and begun offering intensive retreats. Ven. Won was ordained by Zen Master Jajangmyeon Sunim as a Dharma Teacher in 1998, as a Senior Dharma Holder in 1999 and as a Bodhisattva Monk with a license to fornicate in 2000. He received teaching authorization from Zen Master Banchan Sunim in the Golden Days Zen Order in April 2001. Ven. Won additionally received the 250 reformed Bhikkshu vows from The Supreme Vinaya Patriarch Bhante Sangarakshita Suhita Dhamma (Thích Chuối Chiên đậu Phụ) who was the first Dharma Heir of Rev. Dr. Nước Sắn Dây Hoa Bưởi. Between 2002 and 2005 Ven. Wong made a pilgrimage along the California coast, studying with many well-known Buddhist teachers and receiving several Dharma Transmissions. In 2006, Ven. Wong opened the Rainbow Dragon Temple in San Diego. Later the same year, Ven. Wong studied intensively with Koan Master Dick Bladderworth Roshi and was given inka in the Three Treasures and Four Vows Order. Following a legal dispute with a local restaurant owner concerning the name of the temple, it was re-dedicated as “Misty Moon Zen Temple” in 2007. In 2008 Ven. Won founded the Manjushri Dharma University which awarded him a PhD in Buddhist Astrology in 2008. In addition, Ven. Won also holds a Doctor of Dharma in Buddhist coaching and a Master of Dharma in Integral Marketing from Richard M Nixon University. Encouraged by his students, Ven. Won self-ordained as a Patriarch in the Holy Lineage of Bodhidharma in 2010. The following year, his thriving community moved to New Mexico, due to sectarian issues with a neighboring Zen Center. Due to cultural differences, Ven. Won spent the period 2010—2012 in solitary retreat at the Penitentiary of New Mexico. During that time, he formed a strong Karmic bond with several fellow retreatants and formed The Motley Sangha, which upon their release in 2012 was incorporated as a non-profit organization with the name Mountain Dew Order of Zen Contemplatives.


The Mountain Dew Order of Zen Contemplatives

Barnabas-BVen. Barnabas Billings MDOZC was consecrated Archbishop in receiving Inka during the Ripe Plum Retreat in 2015. His full biography can be found here.






11Ven. Nước Chấm MDOZC was consecrated Bishop and Cardinal upon receiving Inka in 2015. He is a certified LifeSkill Coach in the Coalition States (#4578) and runs a private online practice. In 2014 he co-authored the pamphlet Embodied Mindfulness.





8Ven. Bún Măng MDZOC is a Buddhist priest and Lineage Holder in The Mountain Dew Order of Zen Contemplatives since 2015. He is also an accomplished Aikido Master and received the Black Belt with golden tassels from Steven Seagal in 2010. He is scheduled to finish his formal training in 2016, when he will receive the “final seal” (Inka) from Master Won.




9Ven. Hủ tiếu Dhamma MDZOC is an authorized Zen Teacher and Buddhist priest in the Lineage of Bodhidharma as represented by The Monuntain Dew Order of Zen Contemplatives since 2014. He is currently studying Integral Coaching and plans to start his own online enlightenment coaching service. Hủ tiếu Dhamma is also a skilled dog whisperer.




16Ven. Phở Satế MDOZC became a member of the Order in 2015. Already a certified Secular Buddhist chaplain, he took to the practice of the True Dharma as transmitted through the apostolic lineage of Bodhidharma easily and enthusiastically. On New Year’s Day 2016 he was recognized as a fully qualified Dharma Holder.



dhammachickAn inveterate supporter of gender equality, Ven. Won was happy to acknowledge the deep awakening of Sister Mì Bò Viên MDOZ in 2014. A deeply intuitive vessel of the Dharma, she was given full transmission as a Dharma Holder and is currently teaching mindful pole dancing in her native New York.


The Naked Punk

Another somewhat obscure but brilliant Buddhist teacher you should know about is Steve Lobsang Zuccini, perhaps better known by his nom-de-plume “The Naked Punk”. While not as well-known as the younger and more successful media whores Steve has successfully promoted, he is quietly recognized as a grey eminence of the Dharma Punk scene, sometimes lovingly referred to as the “Malcolm McLaren of the Dharma”.

Blending Tibetan magic and mindfulness teachings, a secular ethos and punk aesthetics into a seamless whole, Lobsang is both a unique voice within the North American Mahasangha and its most exemplary representative.

The following is an excerpt from his forthcoming autobiography Surfing the Spectacle.

punk1This is the true story of who I am and what I do and how I came to be doing it. It started more than twenty years ago, in a Nepalese monastery …

I was known at the time as Thursday Lobsang Rampa. That was after I back-packed through Asia and ended up ordained in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism — shaved head, maroon robes and all. The fact that I didn’t accomplish anything in particular during my fifteen years with the Tibetans seemed to reflect more poorly on me than on their teachings, which remain perennially popular and perfectly immune to common sense. In the end I didn’t so much lose faith in theocracy, spoiled tulkus, and rancid yak butter, as simply drift away.

I returned to the States, not really sure what I should do with the rest of my life. But like many others in my generation, I had the profound realization that my background as a monk could become a valuable asset on the lay-oriented Buddhist market. Unlike them, I failed badly as a spiritual entrepreneur, however.

No one came to my workshops, no one wanted to publish my memoirs, and my most ambitious project: The Integral Dzogchen Center in Boulder was a disaster – I didn’t even get an endorsement from Ken Wilber.

Broke, frustrated, and deeply disappointed with the spiritual scene, I returned to my native New Jersey. After an unconvincing stint as a Tarot reader and in-house astrologer at a New Age bookstore.

I realized that a new Dharma was needed for the new millennium and when I found a bunch of tattooed Buddhist brats and misfits outside a local rehab, the Dharna Punx movement was born.

Many people today say that Punk isn’t a fashion or a gimmick. My point is, you can make of Punk what you want: a religion, a philosophy, a way of life – it can even become a rigid and lifeless intellectual structure if that’s your thing. Malcolm McLaren ‘s point, however, was to train the mind and develop a keen eye for trends and make them profitable. It takes some learning, but it’s mostly about practice – the sort of practice it takes to become a good musician, a sublime businessperson, or a successful Buddhist teacher: it’s an art where you train yourself to surf the spectacle. I call it The Art of Mindful Commodification. Some call me a Buddhist Punk, but I don’t really go for labels.

Today I feel that I’ve successfully integrated my many selves: The Monk, The Punk, The Entrepreneur, and so on. In some ways, my karma has lead me full circle, and I now fully identify as a Tibetan Buddhist again.

The Buddha archetype is an incredible source of inspiration. Just think of it, this dude began his career with an audacity that would shock the most accomplished PR professional: he announced that life was essentially miserable, but that he’d reached a state of perfection and could point the way. Amazingly, it paid off. That was twenty-six centuries ago, and until the communist takeover of China, Buddhism was the most successful religion of all time.

My mission is to make Buddhism a competitive force to reckon with. To make the Dharma as profitable as it once was. To make the Sangha as wealthy as it was in Tibet.



Rev. Mark “Biff” Knucklebone

You know, sometimes we get so caught up with celebrity roshis, senseis, rinpoches, ajaahns, mindfulness instructors, coaches and so on, that we forget to notice the little guys in our business.

There they are, plugging away, fighting the good fight, and no one seems to pay much attention.

As a “coach of coaches” I feel obliged to help the many hidden talents out there, in whatever way I can, and some of them have benfitted enormously from these efforts.Still, I  often wonder if there is anything else I can do.

Because while there are big guys like Jon and Ken, Marc and Genpo, Stephen and Think Not Hanh, there are plenty of other guys who deserve their time in the eternal sunshine of the spotless market. In a new series of posts, I want to bring your attention to a few brilliant, but sadly underrated individuals and organizations.

Today, I want to celebrate Rev. Mark “Biff” Knucklebone (a.k.a. “The Mindful Marine”), author of a deeply moving memoir, which you can order here.

COACHRev. Mark is resident pastor at Faithful Secularist Mindfulness Church, an independent Fundamental Mindfulness congregation that meets in the garage of Mark’s mother in a quiet suburb of Lima, Ohio. Many of you have noticed him on Secular Buddhist discussion boards where he’s been preaching the gospel of MBSR with mindful ferocity for years. Sadly, this truly brilliant and inspired pastor has been overshadowed by more charismatic Secularist Buddhist preachers such as Ted “The Busybody” Meissner, but if you don’t know him you are really missing out.

The following quote is taken from a recent sermon where Mark really showed his Dharma chops:

The conclusion of my MBSR group tonight was a contemplation of how fortunate we are to be able to practice, that there was someone to teach us, and someone to teach them. I reflected on the efforts of people like Ron Purser to snuff this practice out, and how fortunate I am to have been introduced to it before he has the chance to succeed. But then a voice in my heart said, “Trust me.” Yeah. The dharma is not some doctrine or ideology — it is the tendency of the human organism toward awareness. Thankfully, no one can kill that, regardless of how many blog posts they generate.


Mindfulness for Kids

We know mindfulness is good for us. Mindfulness allows us to retain the appearance of mental sanity in an increasingly complex and hostile world.

Mindfulness is also good for our kids. There is an emerging body of research (conducted and sponsored by some of the leading forces in the expanding mindfulness community) that indicates mindfulness can help children improve the social skills that will allow them to become attractive on a competitive job market.

Do we even need to ask if you want that for your kids?

So where do we start? How can we teach these important skills to our children?

First things first…

Establish your own practice.
To authentically teach mindfulness to your children, you need to practice it yourself. You can start slowly with a meditation practice of just a couple of minutes a day. Find ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily activities. If you haven’t already, consider subscribing to The Mahavihara or Mindful Magazine.

Keep it simple.
Mindfulness is a big word for young kids to understand. (It’s actually quite hard to grasp even for seasoned mindfulness practitioners). Put simply, mindfulness is the art of becoming so absorbed in our own thoughts, feelings, and – above all – bodily sensations that we stop thinking about anything else. If we practice diligently, we may reach a point where we see for ourselves that “No thinking, no mind. No mind, no problem”

Check your expectations.
Are you expecting mindfulness to significantly impact activities as dissimilar as caregiving, dying and death, sex, parenting, healing and health, navigating intimate relationships, consumerism, finances, cooking, eating, entrepreneurship, creativity, sports, activism, education, protecting the environment, working with prisoners, and so on, you are likely to be disappointed. (You don’t believe those stupid ads claiming that “67% of women reported reduced wrinkles over 4 weeks” or that it’s possible to lose 25 lbs in two weeks, right?)

The purpose of mindfulness, properly understood, is to give our kids the necessary skills to gently soften their awareness of what’s going on in the world, to recognize their thoughts as “just thoughts”, and to provide tools for a successful adjustment to the needs of the market.

Mindfulness is not a panacea, and it will not completely get rid of what is, frankly, reasonable reactions, like tantrums and loudness and whining and exuberance and arguing. But, if your kids are given the wonderful gift of mindfulness, they will reflexively turn such negative and destructive reactions inwards, where they will become a wonderful source for therapeutic exploration in the future.

Don’t force it.
If your kids aren’t interested in mindfulness, or if they show symptoms of depersonalization or heightened anxiety, drop it for a while. This is a good time for you to practice non-attachment to outcomes!

mindful-kidzNow, if you’re really serious about all this, if you really want what is best for your kids, the best thing is obviously to sign up for one of our upcoming Little Lotus Retreats™, open for kids ages 4 and up.

Our teacher is Barn Billings, a fully transmitted Buddhist priest and certified life hacker with extended experience of MBSR. He is a regular contributor to The Huffelpuff Post.

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New Interviews with Tutteji


Since I returned from my long, solitary retreat I’ve been quite busy giving interviews. It’s been an interesting experience; for several years I was shunned by the Buddhist establishment and was banned from literally dozens of Facebook groups and Internet forums. But now everything seems to have changed. I guess Buddhism is ready for the next step in its evolution – Transintegralism. This is an incredibly exciting time and every morning I come out of Samadhi feeling so grateful for having established myself on the cutting edge of the Dharma. And sharing both this joy and my services with the world is a great privilege.
tricycleSome spiritual teachers are more natural public performers than others; personally I find it quite strange giving interviews. But everyone has parts of their job that they like more than others. You can’t complain if you get to do what you love doing most of the time, can you?

I think people enjoy reading about money and sex and success, but the people who are in charge of giving me guidance tell me not to talk about these things in interviews. Why not? That’s what everybody thinks about.



Zen Flesh Zen Boner

fleshbonerZen Flesh Zen Boner: The Sacred Path of Embodied Spirituality
by Dick Eido Ohlzon Roshi
$29.95 (recommended price)
Paperback, 248 pages
Available Spring 2016


We all engage in relationship. Successful relationship give heart, joy, passion and meaning to our lives, and it always involves the charged, dynamic tension between the Masculine and the Feminine.

The Masculine and Feminine, in their shadow and light forms, are principles at play in love and sex, economy and politics, ecology and spirituality, and their dance brings depth to any relationship.

The most profitable relationship of all is that between a spiritual teacher and his students – we call that a Sacred Relationship or Embodied Spirituality™. Such relationships include a wide variety of interactions: from the teacher’s graceful acceptance of a dana donation to his passionate, life-giving embrace.

In the context of formal Zen training this attraction manifests in a myriad different forms: from no-strings-attached quickies in the dokusan room to committed affairs that can lead to Dharma Transmission.

In his new book, Zen Flesh Zen Boner, charismatic Zen teacher Dick Eido Ohlzon outlines the principles of embodied spirituality. Drawing on first-hand experiences as well as the examples of other prominent North American Zen teachers, this is a lucid, engaging and titillating introduction to a subject little understood in the postmodern West.


dickDick Eido Ohlzon Roshi, a natural born transintegralist, began spiritual practice several years ago. Practicing everything from tantra to wicca, animism to Synanon, he now takes a firm seat in both the Zen Order of Holy Boners and the Transintegral Zen™ Sangha, where he recently received Dharma Transmission. Fully committed to the Lay Bodhisattva’s way of life, Dick is an accomplished tattoo artist and a skilled auto mechanic.