In Memory of Jun Po Roshi

In Memoriam

We remember our founder and roshi, Junpo Denis Kelly, on the first year after his passing (May 12, 2021). The lines of the following poem were contributed by sangha members in April 2021. The lines were edited and arranged by Vicara Roshi this April, 2022, in memory of his passing.

We invite sangha members to use the comments of the this blog post as a guestbook. Feel free to share your own memories, stories, or thoughts of Junpo Roshi.

Junpo’s legacy is continued by the work of Hollow Bones Zen, our roshis, priests, jukai, and sangha members. Consider donating your time, or contributing to our annual fundraiser.

O dear Son of awakening…
Listen…the bell is being rung
Anata Abhara, beginningless gratitude, Baba
Death is weird
Grief a mystery
Both woven into the fabric of days…
Hot air breathing down my back.
Shaking the foundation of the heavens
A shooting star sealed the deal
Pure love, unmitigated focus with pragmatism
You! Yes, You! Your eyes, your heart
The light. Outside, Inside, Insight
No words, just love
For all Beings, this life is too important to be taken seriously!
Aged white wine
Two hearts remembering
Why this must change
Nothing lasts forever except love
Deep gratitude, deep bow, forever in my heart
Mischievous adventures…sharing so much of love
Unshakeable Patriarch. Love and gratitude for pointing the way
Not escaping anything: pain, rage, beauty, joy, love, death…all awareness forever in my heart.
A warrior of force and grace with eyes of mischief
Great humor, still nothing but love.
From deep practice, I, too, have grown Jun Po’s enlightened eyebrows…BUT maybe just the errant eyebrows of aging-HA!
An unbreakable chain endures.
Thank you for everything you have taught
Love & gratitude for all you have shared
This IS as bad as it gets
Seeing the perfection
Cherry blossoms fall
Volition and surrender
Gate, Gate, Para Gate, Parasam Gate, Bodhi Swaha!

A Photo Montage

Personal Tributes to Jun Po Roshi

Celebration in Honor of the work and life of Jun Po Roshi

Words from Taiso Roshi