Mondo Zen | Hollow Bones | Friends of Zen

October, 2014

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?

Register now.


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
It’s simple:
I’m not buying it.

 ~ Fushin


October 31-November 2 - 3-Day Integral Mondo ZenRetreat led by Doshin Roshi in Griswold, Iowa.

November 7-9 - 3-day Taste of Mondo Zen at Still Point Zen Center led by Meru Roshi and Rev. Shokan Mui.  Registration by Still Point.

November 29-December 6, 2014 - 7-Day Rohatsu Sesshin led by Jun Po Roshi in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

December 12-14 - 3-day Integral Mondo Zen Retreat in Washington, DC led by Doshin Roshi. Registration by MKP.

December 15-19 - 5-day Integral Mondo Zen Retreat in Massachusetts led by Doshin Roshi.  Registration by Kripalu.​

January 10-16, 2015 - 6-Day Mondo Zen Sesshin led by Jun Po Roshi  in Sonoma, CA.

March 5-8, 2015 - Weekend Silent Zen Sesshin led by Hollow Bones women priests at Sonoma Zen Center in California.

March 9-15, 2015 - 7-Day Integral Mondo Zen Sesshin led by Doshin Roshi in Philadelphia, PA.

April 24-26 - 3-day Silent Retreat at Norbertine Abbey, Green Bay, led by Vimala Roshi. Registration by Vimala.

April 27-May 4, 2015 - Integral Mondo Zen Sesshin led by Doshin Roshi at Venwoude International in the Netherlands. 

May 9-16 - Sat-Sat- Mondo Zen Sesshin at Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado.

June 13-20 - Sat-Sat - Silent Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, New York state, led by Junpo Roshi. 

Visit the Retreat Calendar on the website for more information.


Join us for the traditional Rohatsu sesshin, honoring Buddha's enlightenment. Private rooms, deep practice,  and the taste of samadhi.Rohatsu Wisconsin

Sit strongly at St. Norbert's Center for
Spirituality as the nights get longer
and the stars grow brighter in
Wisconsin.  November 29-December 4. 

anxiety knocks, reminding us that we are alive
and echoes our great care
an invitation to open the door to reside in not knowing
the recognition of impermanence, an encouragement to choose life over and over again
breath by breath
making amends with this
very nature of being
disentangles pain from suffering

even in the midst of the
inevitability of uncertainty.
what is the offering our lives
make to this earth…
in this very particular and fleeting time we are being breathed?
grasping…we live in fear that it
will all fall apart…
this very existence is on fire…
it is all burning!
dying and being born reside
hand in hand
all an invitation to answer the knock and abide here in this breath,
open hearted and willing.

~ Koren Katy Park

DBZ Reflection from Kodo

The birds have vanished 
from the sky,
and now the last clouds 
have drained away.

We sit together, 
the mountain and me,
until only the 
mountain remains.

~ Lin Po

Excerpt from Slow Down

Pure Heart consciousness verbalized and moving

Manifesting, influencing everything choosing
A script for the world to share, through each pair of eyes
Co-creating our experience every moment in time

~ Joshin Rob Bogatin

the circle of breath 

forty-one Buddhas
in black
still as statues
looking inward
toward the center 
of the circle
which breathes
as it is breathed
dust motes twinkling
in the sunlight
wisp of incense 
painting portraits
glint of silver
on the altar
spiders bowing
crawling kinhin
air dims down
speech no words
thoughts race 
fall away
for a moment
or two
then wink and nod
bell rings 
never ends
the long loving 
look into 

--dave klaus   9.25.14

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