Desert Bone Hermitage (Bakkotsu-An)

Cornville, Arizona

A Training Center in The Zen Garland Order

Desert Bone Hermitage, located in the Sedona area of Arizona, is the Zen training residence of Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn and Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, co-founders of the Zen Garland Order for Zen Practice, Education, Healing and Service.

We offer in-person and online individual guidance (Dokusan), public Zen training sessions and Dharma Talks (Teisho), retreats (Sesshin), classes and workshops in a holistic, safe, nurturant and welcoming environment. Our Core Practices include various forms of Zen meditation, a relationship with a Zen Teacher, emotional clearing through Zen Focusing, koan and Buddhist text study, embodiment practices, restoring our relationship to the natural world, liturgy and service to others.

Roshi Genki is the Spiritual Director of the Zen Garland Order. Genmitsu and Genki are on the Board of Directors of The Zen Garland Order and members of the Teachers’ Circle. The Zen Garland Order is a cooperative affiliation of lineage-holding Zen Teachers who hold in common an ethical code, training paths and curricula, and standards for empowerments.

Desert Bones Hermitage Zen

Zen is about how we live and conduct our lives. Zen as a way of being addresses the tasks, motivations, emotions and actions that moment by moment make up our daily lives — work, play, relationships, community, responsibilities, ethical and political commitments.
Personal development in Zen practice trains us to be calm and effective even in the midst of stressful circumstances. The practice sharpens our ability to concentrate and focus, both to let go and to take a firm hold. Zen offers salvation from fear of death, encourages health in body, mind and attitude, and liberates us to live extraordinarily in the ordinary.

The path we teach is intimacy with our very particular body-environment interactive moment. Zen is about realizing our humanity as ecologically embedded in the world. This occurs through awakening and utilizing our faculties and potentials. We develop a psychological flexibility and ability to shift boundaries that allows us infinite self-experiences and identities. We call this the Practice of Presence and Shape-Shifting, finding our being, not as a separate entity among objects, but as the co-creative, interaffecting and interrelating immanence of each moment. This we call Reclaiming the World: allowing our experience to be the ground of meaning, action and fulfillment.

We do not divide secular from sacred. Life itself is the zendo and the universe of enlightenment. In the immersive sacred moment that has no beginning or end, we are bounded and unbounded, mutual in shared nature and unique, influenced and influencing, a node of consciousness and responsibility, and an expression of the whole.

Zen Garland Sangha Contribution

All of our work is made possible through the gifts and financial contributions of our supporters. If you appreciate the content we share online, feel inspired to support our ongoing programs, or are simply moved by our mission as a part of the socially engaged Buddhist movement, please consider setting up a monthly donation or making a one-time gift of any amount.

The work at our centers worldwide supports practical projects to:

  • Help marginalized people and assuage the ecological crisis
  • Support those hungering for an intimate and meaningful connection to themselves, their families and friends, their communities, and their work.
  • Support programming across age groups and public/private settings that develop concentration, BodyMind integration, or to expand a sense of unity
  • Provide access to spiritual development for those looking to find salvation, healing and liberation

The Zen Garland Order is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. All gifts are tax-deductible in the US.

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Desert Bone Hermitage

1635 S LOY ST
Cornville, AZ 86325

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