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Mondo Zen 7-day Sesshin

  • Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji 223 Beecher Lake Road Livingston Manor United States (map)

Co-led by Junpo Roshi and Lloyd Fickett Roshi

Join us as we return to Dai Bosatsu Kongo-Ji for a June Mondo Zen sesshin at our root monastery, deep in the Catskill Forest Preserve.

  • Bedding is provided.

  • Participants will have shared rooms and bathrooms.

  • Three vegetarian meals a day are provided.

About the Retreat

Hollow Bones retreats are a modern adaptation of the traditional Japanese Rinzai Zen retreats. All practices are done in English in order to facilitate direct, personal understanding of the methods and goals.

The daily schedule includes morning & evening services, deep zazen practice, Dokusan (interview with Roshi), nature walks and short breaks for private reflection and moving meditation with Qi Gong or Yoga. In addition to these traditional practices, Junpo and Lloyd Roshis will be demonstrating the Mondo dialog process each day, and we will break into small groups to have a personal experience of Mondo.

In this school of Zen, it is essential that you awaken, and there is a fierce, yet compassionate, insistence that you do so now. Meditating and sitting quietly is not enough! You must realize your inherent freedom. You must answer the question, “Who are you?” from the purest depths of realization, moving far beyond the normal modes of speculative thought. The Hollow Bones retreats offer the opportunity to experience the “answer” to this question in a way that transcends all hope, fear, and doubt.

During the retreat, when we are not involved in the Mondo process, we observe essential silence and ask that you plan your week to be free from outside communication and distractions. Cell phones, reading materials, computers and audio players are not allowed for the duration of the retreat.

Travel Planning

Please plan to arrive by 4:00 pm on the first day of the retreat and to depart after 11:00 am on the last day. Book your flights and ground transportation accordingly.

For more information about the location visit the Dai Bosatsu Zendo Website.


The room and board fee is $750. You will be asked for a donation at the end of the retreat to support the teaching.

Full Amount

  • If paid by May 1st: $750

  • If paid after May 1st: $800

Two Payments

  • Due now: $375

  • Due May 1st: $375

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to participants exhibiting financial need. To apply please fill out the scholarship application below, along with the refundable deposit.

Please note that while Hollow Bones aims to make our offerings financially accessible, we are unable to provide full scholarships for our programs and retreats.

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* All program registrations are subject to our cancellation policy unless otherwise stated.

Earlier Event: March 16
Silent Zen 7-day Sesshin