Return to the Roots

A silent sesshin to celebrate this light.

Dai Bosatsu Monastery, New York

June 15-22, 2024

Registration is now wait-list only. Please email for more information.

Retreat Leaders

Taiso Byran Bartow Roshi

Join us for our annual return to  Dai Bosatsu Zendo, the home monastery of our founding teacher. 

Located on a stunning property in the Catskills, DBZ is a residential monastery that graciously hosts Hollow Bones Zen for a formal seven day silent sesshin. The daily retreat schedule includes morning and evening services, seated zazen meditation, kinhin walking meditation, conscious embodiment practice, teisho dharma talks, opportunities for dokusan (one-on-one interviews with a roshi), nature walks and short breaks for private reflection, and formal jihatsu meals.

This is a residential and in-person only retreat. Food and lodging are included in the cost of the retreat. During the retreat, we observe essential silence and ask that you plan your week to be free from outside communication and distractions.

Hollow Bones retreats are a modern adaptation of traditional Japanese Rinzai zen retreats. All practices are done in English in order to facilitate direct, personal understanding of the methods and goals. This sesshin offers the opportunity for intensive practice to support your awakening, creating a strong container for you to experience deep inquiry and insight.

Travel Planning and Accommodations

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.

  • Bedding is provided.
  • Three vegetarian meals a day are provided.