Our Roshi Teachers


Abbot Jun Po Denis Kelly

Jun Po Denis Kelly, received his Zen Masters recognition in 1992. He was Vice Abbot and head monk as well as resident yoga teacher at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kong Ji in the Catskill Mountains in New York state from 1987 through 1993.


Vice Abbot Rev. Dai En Hi Fu George Burch

Hawaii - Wild Goose Zendo - Dai En was ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk on December 7, 1996 at Dai Bosatsu Mountain Monastery, Catskills New York. Rev. Eido Tai Shimano was his ordination master and has been his teaching master for over 23 years.


Doshin Hannya Michael Nelson, Roshi

Colorado - Integral Zen - Doshin started studying Zen in the late 60's, but without the guidance of a good teacher, he was confused and discouraged by the teachings.


Fudo Myoo Teja Bell, Roshi

Ordained in 2004 by Junpo Denis Kelly – lineage Rinzai Zen and Dharma heir - Teja was given the dharma name “Fudō Myōō - The Immutable One.”


Hui Neng Stan Koehler, Roshi

New York Peace on the Street - When one reaches a certain age, it is fairly easy to fill up a page or so of this and that when called upon to provide background.


Meru Doug Szper, Roshi

Wisconsin Still Point Zen Center - Meru Doug Szper, an Actuary by training, is currently President of Quasar Systems, Inc., a developer of software for the Life Insurance industry.


Sanchi Shudo Reta Lawler, Roshi

Colorado and Texas - Roshi Sanchi Shudo Reta Lawler is the Founder and Director of the Boulder Morningstar Zen Center.


Taiso Hannya Byran Bartow, Roshi

Wisconsin Zen River Sangha - Taiso has studied and practiced Buddhism, T'ai Chi, and other eastern arts since the 1970's. He has practiced Zen with Hollow Bones and several midwest groups.


Vicara Satya Mary Connelly, MD, Roshi

Wisconsin - Vicara Satya Mary Connelly is currently a Physician and Medical Director of Bellin Health, Center for Health & Healing, an Integrative Medical Center in Green Bay, WI.


Vimala Muni John Nemick, Roshi

Wisconsin Green Tara Sangha - Vimala Muni, John Nemick, has had an interest in Buddhist studies and Zen Practice since 1973, attending Sesshin with the late Katagiri Roshi at the Minnesota Zen Center in 1975.


FuGen Tom Pitner

California - As an award-winning educator, FuGen Tom Pitner has been learning, designing, and teaching transformational practices for over 25 years.

All teachers within the Hollow Bones Tradition strive to embody the Five Elements of the Hollow Bones Path.  This means that he or she is waking up from the illusory nature of ego and then sharing the fruit of this spiritual discernment with others. Hollow Bones teachers have touched the depth of their being and return from that depth with the following commitments.

  • They no longer pollute and poison this sacred earth, nor do they consciously exploit other sentient beings.

  • They have shifted their understanding about the nature of mind, and now see through the myth of an ego as a personal entity or self-inherent being.

  • They are no longer confused about the real nature and purpose of feeling. As a consequence of this, they are no longer held hostage to the promiscuous reactions of such emotions as fear, anger or jealousy.  Hazardous emotional reactions are spontaneously transformed into compassionate and wise responses.

  • They are physically vital, sensitive, poised, and consciously embodied, and strive to abide in a continual realization of meditative awareness.

  • Finally, and most importantly, they share this life of disciplined, loving awareness with others; they shine forth the truth of our integrated practice.