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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

Registration for Buddhism 101 Spring Series Is Now Open!

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Study and Practice on Four Saturdays 2017
February 18, March 11, April 1, May 13

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

Join us to explore the core Buddhist teaching of the seven factors of awakening. We study these seven teachings as both a description of the awakening that is already present and as a description of the path to realize that reality. As always, we will use these teachings as a way to … read more

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

Shuso Hossen Ceremony

January 22, 2017, 7:30pm - January 22, 2017, 9:00pm

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

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

Buddhism 101 Morning Workshop & Afternoon Retreat, Session 1

February 18, 2017, 9:00am - February 18, 2017, 12:00pm

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

Study and Practice on Four Saturdays 2017
February 18, March 11, April 1, May 13

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

The Seven Factors of Awakening

Join us to explore the core Buddhist teaching of the seven factors of awakening. We study these seven teachings as both a description of the awakening that is already present and as a description of the path to realize that reality. As always, we will use these teachings as a way to move closer to our own individual experiences through guided practices, presentations, and discussion.

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.

Morning Workshop (pre-registration required):
One session - $35 Temple members / $50 non-members
Four sessions - $120 Temple members / $175 non-members

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

Financial Aid is available and no one is turned away because of financial reasons. If you wish to apply for financial aid please check the box for financial aid at registration and the registrar for the class will contact you.

To register for one or more of these classes, go to this link:
tinyurl.com/gw33926

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

March 5, 2017, 10:00am - March 5, 2017, 4:00pm

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

Join Zen teacher Melissa Myozen Blacker and her daughter, voice teacher and recording artist Rachel Blacker Rynick, for a day of exploring what is possible when you stop listening to your fear and start feeling your voice. Through group meditation and vocal exploration, gentle guidance and helpful information about the anatomy of the human voice, you will learn to stay open and present to the joy and ease of using your voice openly and freely to speak, sing, or chant. No experience necessary!

When & Where:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Boundless Way Temple
1030 Pleasant Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Cost: $65


About the teachers:

Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi is a guiding teacher and the abbot of Boundless Way Zen. She has a private practice in contemplative counseling, and for 20 years was a teacher and trainer of teachers at Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Before becoming a psychotherapist, she was a voice and piano teacher and vocalist.

Rachel Blacker Rynick, MM is a voice teacher, vocologist, singer, and songwriter. Trained in classical voice, jazz voice, and pop/rock, she has also extensively studied the science and health of voice production. At her studio, Intrinsic Voice, she offers private and semi-private voice lessons to students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds, allowing them to build strength and confidence in using their voices to express the music in their hearts. Rachel also records and performs her own original rock music in the greater Boston area.

To register visit​: www.rachelrynick.com/open-mouth-open-heart
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