About Twining Vines Zen


“We are a sacred order, bringing into being a harmonious and loving world through the practice of meditative, compassionate awareness and mindful stewardship.” 

Mondo Zen Hollow Bones     (Hollow Bone – a channel for the spirit)


The Twining Vines Zen Sangha is a branch of the Mondo Zen Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order facilitated by Bukkai Haku Ted Hall, an ordained priest and student of Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, Abbot & Founder of Hollow Bones & Mondo Zen. This Sangha was founded in 2012 in Madison and is now located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. We invite you to learn more about Mondo Zen Hollow Bones at: http://www.mondozen.org/about/what_is_mondo_zen.htm


We practice Zazen (seated meditation) and Qigong together, offer Zen services and Mondo (Koan dialogue) Zen sessions, and hold occasional workshops. We will also extend our practice outward in rippling circles, through compassionate, community service.

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“. . . practicing mutually is the Twining Vines of Buddha ancestors. Twining vines of Buddha ancestors is the life stream of skin, flesh, bones, and marrow. Taking up a flower and winking is twining vines. Breaking into a smile is skin, flesh, bones, and marrow. The seeds of twining vines have the power of dropping away body. Branches, leaves, flowers, and fruit of twining vines do and do not interpenetrate one another. Thus, Buddha ancestors appear, and the fundamental point is actualized.” Dogen Zenji        


Mondo Zen/Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen School