On the Road Again
Jun Po and staff are en route to Amsterdam for the Mondo Zen Teacher Training sesshin. Over 50 people will be participating at Venwoude October 20-27. Safe travels to all and blessings to the wonderful folks at Venwoude.
Hollow Bones and the ManKind Project
We can, through our collective and our individual efforts, enter into the absolute purity of our minds and abide there in naked awareness, beyond concept or thought. In order to be truly free, we must experience our own true immortal nature. This part of our nature is pure transpersonal awareness. This is the Satori and Kensho of the Zen tradition. This is the experience of real freedom; this includes a clear realization of our deeper mind, as well as an understanding of the nature of our temporary egocentric consciousness. After this depth of insight, the ego can never again fool itself.
~JunPo Denis Kelly Roshi
First Hollow Bones Retreat, Sept. 1999
The very name Hollow Bones was the suggestion of Bill Kauth, one of the founders of the ManKind Project. Integral Zen, Inc. (a branch of Hollow Bones) is continuing the work that JunPo started in 1999. A collaborative effort between Doshin, Rich Tosi, also a founder, and Mike Elser, then Chairman, resulted in a Joint Venture between MKP USA and Integral Zen, Inc. The goal was to create and deliver a series of Three-Day Integral-Mondo Zen™ Retreats.
In the last twelve months, this joint venture has held four of these retreats with two more scheduled this year: Sioux City, Iowa Oct. 31st – Nov. 2nd and Washington D.C. Dec. 12th – 14th.
These Hollow Bones Retreats are open to everyone and provide a wonderful introduction to Zen meditation. We ask everyone to temporarily set aside all personal beliefs. Then we carefully build a strong container and set a cognitive context, a view that will not filter out or block deep insights.
This simple, integral view makes room for all human experiences and enables us to make sense out of what we will experience during and after the retreat. Once the container is set and the context is presented and understood, then we use the process of Mondo Zen™ to deconstruct our egos, break open our hearts, and directly experience the deep truth of who we really are – our own “immortal nature.”
Once you have had this experience, you can choose to bring your true self, this absolute clarity and deep, selfless caring into your life where the rubber meets the road. You can learn to use these transformative Emotional Koans to change your self, your relationships (including the most difficult ones) and your life. You can decide to actively transform Angst into Liberation.
We all avoid emotional pain and discomfort at a great cost to ourselves and to our loved ones. These negative emotional reactions become the very gateway to great freedom and liberation from suffering.
Please consider joining us, and help shine De-light into De-darkness.
In gratitude and service,
3-Day Retreat in Rochester, NY
Sept. 26-28, 2014
March Silent Sesshin in Sonoma
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you?
Come to our four-day retreat March 5-8, 2015, at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Sit in the sweet silence of the redwoods and just be.
Meditation, daisan, dharma talks, nature walks, exquisite food, and the priceless gift of sangha. Led by Hollow Bones women priests - Kevala, Ma Dhyana, Fushin, Reishin and others - this retreat is open to both men and women.
What better way to welcome spring. You feel it, don't you?
Over 40 people attended the Mondo Zen Teacher training in Loveland and woke up to sacred laughter and joy. Gratitude to Jun Po, Doshin, and all the facilitators.
At the end of seshin, Onryu Hannya Ingrid Bamberg was ordained as a priest. These people took jukai: Bukkai Ted Hall (Buddha Ocean), Taiten Steve Wallingford (Infinite Sky), Joshin Robert Bogatin (Pure Heart), and Gonza Gonzalo Lujan Arias (Awakened Seat).
photo by Dave Klaus
I'm Not Buying It
Is it shiny? It is red?
Ignore all those people over there, dead.
Is it pretty? Does it sparkle?
Look over here, don’t stare at the darkle.
Are you popular? Are you loved?
You better be baby, or out you’ll be shoved.
Are you peppy? Got a premature wrinkle?
We’ve got pills for that, to keep eyes a-twinkle.
Will it make you skinny and rich?
Then take out you’re wallet, cause it’s all a pitch.
Does it make you angry, baby?
Now we’re getting somewhere, maybe.
Siphon the green to extract the pain.
Before you buy, ask, who stands to gain?
And who, always who, who stands to lose?
Why me, us of course, so from now on, I choose
To vote with my wallet.
I’m not falling for it
I’m not buying it.