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We warmly welcome you to Boundless Way Temple of Worcester MA, a place of Zen Buddhist training and practice. Be sure to check out our calendar for information on daily meditation practice, talks, retreats, and workshops.

People of all experience levels and walks of life are welcome to come to the Temple for any of our practice periods. You do not have to be a member to participate in our programs. If you are new to Zen, we recommend you arrive 15 minutes prior to your first practice so that one of our resident teachers or practice leaders can explain basic forms before we go into silence, and answer any questions you may have.

Announcements

James Cordova: The Newest Guiding Teacher of BoWZ

From Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi:

On the night of December 2nd, in a secret ceremony held late in the night during the December Rohatsu sesshin at Boundless Way Temple, I gave my student James Myosan Cordova denbo, or full Dharma transmission. The ancient traditional ceremony was attended by all four Boundless Way Zen Guiding Teachers, along with some of our other Dharma Holders.

James now has the title “sensei.” Along with Dharma Holder Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, he continues to work with David and me as resident teacher at the Temple. The Boundless Way Zen Leadership Council has also voted him in as a Guiding Teacher in Boundless Way Zen. James is my first fully transmitted Dharma heir. …read more

Spring Sesshin 2016 Recordings Now Available Online

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Upcoming Events

Buddhism 101 Morning Workshop & Afternoon Retreat: Session 4

December 10, 2016, 9:00am - December 10, 2016, 5:00pm

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

Buddhism 101: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

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

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. You are welcome to register to attend this month's class even if this is your first session.

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.

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

Morning Workshop (pre-registration required)
* $35 Temple members / $50 non-members

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

To register, go to this link:
bit.ly/buddhism101fall2016
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Coming and Going Sesshin 2017 Opening Ceremony

January 2, 2017, 7:30pm - January 2, 2017, 9:00pm

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

In the tradition of Buddha's sangha, we will be gathering to support each other in deepening our commitment to Zen practice. There are several ways in which you can participate:

Attend the opening ceremony on January 2nd at 7:30 PM
Visit the Temple for any or all of the practice periods below:
*6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Early morning practice period: Includes dokusan (individual meetings with a teacher or senior student)
*10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Late morning practice period: Includes sutra service, teisho (dharma talk by a teacher or senior student) and dharma dialogue
*2:30 PM - 5:30 PM Afternoon practice period: Includes dokusan
*7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Evening practice period: Includes teisho, dharma dialogue and dokusan

Donations for any part of a practice period will be gratefully received in the collection bowl in the front hallway.

Attend the Shuso Hossen ceremony for Laura Wallace on January 21 at 7:30 PM

Participate in residential practice by staying at the Temple overnight for one or more nights.

Advance registration is required for residential practice.
Registration is now open. Please visit our registration information page for more details. docs.google.com/document/d/1BiKI13wT4RFKz_fXP77THfrDFXY4L4vZJhUPlvcwhGs/preview?pli=1
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Coming and Going Sesshin

January 2, 2017, 7:30pm - January 16, 2017, 1:00pm

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

In the tradition of Buddha's sangha, we will be gathering to support each other in deepening our commitment to Zen practice. There are several ways in which you can participate:

Attend the opening ceremony on January 2nd at 7:30 PM
Visit the Temple for any or all of the practice periods below:
*6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Early morning practice period: Includes dokusan (individual meetings with a teacher or senior student)
*10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Late morning practice period: Includes sutra service, teisho (dharma talk by a teacher or senior student) and dharma dialogue
*2:30 PM - 5:30 PM Afternoon practice period: Includes dokusan
*7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Evening practice period: Includes teisho, dharma dialogue and dokusan

Donations for any part of a practice period will be gratefully received in the collection bowl in the front hallway.

Attend the Shuso Hossen ceremony for Laura Wallace on January 21 at 7:30 PM

Participate in residential practice by staying at the Temple overnight for one or more nights.

Advance registration is required for residential practice.
Registration is now open. Please visit our registration information page for more details. docs.google.com/document/d/1BiKI13wT4RFKz_fXP77THfrDFXY4L4vZJhUPlvcwhGs/preview?pli=1
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