Sesshin Dates 2017

Sesshin

2017:

January 2-22 Coming and Going Sesshin
March 16-19 Spring Sesshin
April 7-9 Teachers Retreat
July 14-21 Summer Sesshin
Oct 6-9 Fall Sesshin
Nov 3-5 Study and Practice Retreat
Dec 7-10 Rohatsu Sesshin

Sesshin is an intensive residential practice period taught by members of the Boundless Way Zen Guiding Teachers Council: James Myoun Ford, Roshi, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi, David Dae An Rynick, Roshi, Josh Jiun Bartok, Roshi, Kate Kagen Hartland, Sensei, James Myosan Cordova, Sensei, and Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei, and is held at Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, MA. More information about sesshin, including fees and application forms, is available on the Boundless Way Zen website (www.boundlesswayzen.org), or write to info@boundlesswayzen.org. Registration for sesshin opens two months in advance.

The Teachers

Josh Jiun Bartok, Roshi is the abbot at the Greater Boston Zen Center and is a Soto Zen Priest. He is a Dharma heir to James Myoun Ford, Roshi in two lineages: an ordained Soto Zen lineage and a lay koan-teaching lineage. Josh also works as a Buddhist pastoral counselor in private practice, and as the editorial director of Wisdom Publications. He’s the co-author with Ezra Bayda of Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts), and the authoring editor of four collections of Dharma quotes, including most recently Daily Doses of Wisdom. His writing has appeared in Shambhala Sun, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma magazines, as well as The Handbook for Zen and Mindfulness for Behavioral Health Practitioners.

Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi is the Abbot of Boundless Way Zen, a Soto Zen priest, and Dharma heir to James Myoun Ford, Roshi in two lineages: an ordained Soto transmission through Jiyu Kennett, Roshi and a lay koan-teaching lineage through John Tarrant, Roshi. Melissa is a resident teacher at Boundless Way Temple and has a private practice in contemplative counseling. She is the co-editor of The Book of Mu: Essential Writings on Zen’s Most Important Koan. Her writing also appears in various Buddhist essay collections and magazines.

James Myosan Cordova, Sensei received full Dharma transmission from Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi in December 2016. James has been a member of Boundless Way Zen and Melissa’s shoken student for many years. He has served as a member of the Boundless Way Zen Leadership Council and is currently the Clerk of the Boundless Way Temple Leadership Council. James is also a husband and father of two children, a tenured professor of psychology at Clark University, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and the author of The Marriage Check-up.

Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei received Denbo (full Dharma transmission) in 2017 from her teacher, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi, a Guiding Teacher of the Boundless Way Zen school. Also an ordained Soto Zen priest, Diane has been practicing Zen for more than 20 years. She serves on the Leadership Council of Boundless Way Temple and as an officer for Boundless Way Zen retreats at the Boundless Way Temple where she practices and teaches. She is also the resident teacher at Boundless Way Zen DownEast in Maine.

James Myoun Ford, Roshi is a Soto Zen priest and is a Guiding Teacher for Boundless Way Zen. He is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, serving on its Board of Directors since 2014. He is the author of This Very Moment: A Brief Introduction to Buddhism and Zen for Unitarian Universalists. He is also the author of a study of Zen teachers and communities in North America, “Zen Master Who? A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen,” the co-editor of The Book of Mu: Essential Writings on Zen’s Most Important Koan, and the author of If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life from Wisdom Publications. James is considered by many people to be one of the senior teachers of Zen in North America.

Kate Kagen Hartland, Sensei is a Guiding Teacher for Boundless Way Zen and leads the Bright Sea Zen Sangha in Weymouth, MA. She is a Dharma heir of Josh Jiun Bartok, Roshi, and is a member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. Before coming to Boundless Way Zen she had studied with both Philip Kapleau (Rochester Zen Center) and Toni Packer (Springwater Center). Kate works at the non-profit Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, furthering biomedical research.

David Dae An Rynick, Roshi is a Soto Zen priest and a resident teacher at Boundless Way Temple. He received Inga, formal recognition as a Zen teacher and Dharma heir, from George Bowman in October, 2005. In 2006 he was elected a teacher of the Boundless Way Zen sangha. In 2011 he received full Dharma transmission from George Bowman, marking David’s emergence as a fully-ordained lineage holder in the Linji tradition. He is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association, and the author of This Truth Never Fails: A Memoir in Four Seasons.