It is with a heavy heart we must share that our teacher and Abbot Junpo Kando Zenji, Denis Kelly, passed away peacefully on May 12th at his home in Wisconsin, surrounded by family. Junpo was an exemplary model of living fully in the practice of the dharma. He battled Parkinson’s and cancer for over a decade and he openly shared this experience as part of his teaching.

In this moment we are grateful for Junpo’s teachings, and the resounding example we received in practice with him. Junpo’s wisdom is realized in the Hollow Bones Zen, a worldwide sangha, and the thousands of people who have practiced with us. His contribution to humanity is incalculable. We will miss him as our esteemed teacher and a beloved friend.

Visit his memorial page on the Hollow Bones Zen website.
In response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, Zen River Sangha has temporarily moved all of our services to online/remote gatherings.
Zen River Sangha follows the Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhist tradition and is affiliated with the Hollow Bones Rinzai Order. Practicing in Appleton, Wisconsin, this sangha gives instruction in Zen Buddhist philosophy and practice.
We offer weekly practice on Thursdays and Saturdays, which includes a sutra service, zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), daisan (private interview with a teacher), and a dharma talk.
This sangha strives to bring into being a harmonious and loving world through the practice of meditative, compassionate awareness and mindful stewardship.
Additionally, we endeavor to create a community of purposeful inclusion and mutual respect that comes together for the purpose of meditation, dharma study, and the support of a practicing sangha. To these ends, we welcome all beings of all ages, educational and socioeconomic statuses, political perspectives, racial and cultural identities and backgrounds, nationalities, gender identities and expressions, sexual and affectional orientations, religious beliefs and backgrounds, marital statuses, family structures, ex offender statuses, and mental and physical health and ability.
Join us in awakening our hearts and minds.