Welcome Home!

We warmly welcome you to Boundless Way Temple of Worcester MA, a place of Zen Buddhist training and practice. We invite you to join us as we come together in stillness and silence to awaken to the beauty and possibility of being fully human. The Temple offers daily meditation practice, dharma talks, retreats, classes, workshops and opportunities to study with Zen teachers. Our practice is guided by our two resident teachers, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi and David Dae An Rynick, Roshi along with Dharma Holder James Myosan Cordova. The Temple is an affiliate of Boundless Way Zen, a school which teaches traditional Zen practices such as breath awareness, mindfulness practices, inquiry into the moment, shikantaza (just sitting) and koan practice. We are dedicated to helping every student find a meditation practice that fits their unique personality and deepest intention for awakening. We are committed to the continuing work of integrating our practice into daily life.

New to Zen?

You are welcome to join us for any of our practice periods, whether you are new to Zen or are experienced in Zen or any other form of meditation. See our regular weekly and periodic Saturday schedules for more information.

We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time so that someone can introduce you to our practice and forms, and answer any questions you may have

You do not need to be a member to participate in our programs. However, if you are interested in learning about Temple membership click here.

Happening Now:

Ethics Code

You can view our ethics code here.

Spring Sesshin 2016

Audio recordings from our Spring 2016 sesshin are now
available online.

Upcoming Events

Fall Sesshin

October 7, 2016, 9:00pm - October 10, 2016, 1:00pm

Boundless Way Temple (Mugendo-ji)
1030 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA  01602 Map

Fall Sesshin
"To Touch the Heart-Mind"

Oct 7 - 10, 2016

From 9:00 pm Friday evening, Oct 7
through 1:00 pm Monday, Oct 10

Registration will open roughly two month before the sesshin dates
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Buddhism 101: Fall 2016 - Session 2 of 4

October 15, 2016, 9:00am - October 15, 2016, 5:00pm

Boundless Way Temple (Mugendo-ji)
1030 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA  01602 Map

Buddhism 101: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Study and Practice on Four Fall Saturdays, 2016:
* September 10
* October 15
* November 12
* December 10

This fall, join us to explore the Buddhist teachings that are the root of the current secular mindfulness movement. What does mindfulness mean? How can we apply these principles in our everyday lives? The morning workshop will be interactive with teachings, discussions, and guided practices.

After lunch we will have the opportunity to apply the morning’s teaching through the traditional mindfulness practice of samu - caretaking of the Temple and grounds. Following that we will have afternoon Zen practice, with silent sitting, chanting, a dharma talk, and individual meetings.

9:00 – 12:00 Workshop
12:30 – 1:15 Caretaking practice
1:30 – 5:00 Silent Retreat

Morning Workshop (pre-registration required)
* Single sessions - $35 Temple members / $50 non-members
* All Four sessions - $120 Temple members / $175 non-members

Afternoon Retreat (registration optional)
* Free to participants in morning workshop
* Suggested donation for others $15 for Temple members / $30 for non-members

Classes will be taught by David Dae An Rynick, Roshi, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi, Dharma Holder James Myosan Cordova, and Dharma Holder Diane Shoshin

To register for one or more classes, go to this link:
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Ordination Ceremony for Aaron Caruso

October 22, 2016, 4:00pm - October 22, 2016, 5:30pm

Boundless Way Temple (Mugendo-ji)
1030 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA  01602 Map

Our dear friend and Dharma brother, Aaron Caruso, will be ordained as a Zen Priest on Saturday, October 22 at 4 pm here at the Temple. Please join us to celebrate this auspicious event.

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