Teachers and Leadership

Teachers and Leadership

Resident Teachers

The Boundless Way Temple has two resident teachers:

Visiting Teachers

At various events throughout the year, Melissa and David are joined by other teachers from the greater Boundless Way Zen community:

Dharma Holders and Other Teachers

Additionally, practice sessions and dharma talks are supported and led by Dharma Holders James Myosan Cordova and Diane Fitzgerald and a number of other community members.

All leaders and teachers of Boundless Way Zen who practice at Boundless Way Temple acknowledge that they are ongoing students and that the quality of their leadership derives from the quality of their practice. As ongoing students, each leader and teacher commits to continuing her or his study of the great way, allowing the wisdom of form and emptiness to manifest within and as engaged lives.

A note on the term ‘Teacher.’ In most Zen communities in the West, the term teacher is reserved exclusively for those who have received Dharma transmission, formal sanction as a teacher within a traditional lineage. The major exception to this narrow usage has been within the Kwan Um School of Zen, who use the titles dharma teacher and senior dharma teacher for people with functions similar to those described below. In that school, it is clearly understood that these teachers have not received Dharma transmission. By also adopting this broader usage, Boundless Way Zen hopes to help reclaim the term teacher, as well as many of the aspects of teaching, as functions genuinely shared by the whole community and not exclusively the work of those who possess formal Dharma transmission. Therefore, the following positions have been created to meet those needs.

Senior Dharma Teacher

Senior Dharma Teachers share in the spiritual leadership of the community as requested by the Guiding Teachers. In addition to the responsibilities of a Dharma teacher, a Senior Dharma teacher may be authorized to give practice interviews.

A Senior Dharma Teacher may not establish personal student-teacher relationships (shoken).

Prerequisites: Are determined by the Guiding Teachers on a case-by-case basis. But, a Senior Dharma Teacher should have demonstrated maturity in practice, be familiar with BWZ’s forms, be able to lead by example and otherwise have communication skills. As a general rule a Senior Dharma Teacher should have been practicing Zen for ten years, and must have an understanding of the history and forms of Zen Buddhism.

Tenure: As the Guiding Teachers feel appropriate.

Dharma Teacher

Dharma teachers share in the spiritual leadership of the Temple as requested by the guiding teachers. Dharma teachers introduce BoWZ’s forms and practices in classes and lectures. They may also informally speak with other members of the community about details of practice. They may also give Dharma talks.

A Dharma teacher may not give formal practice interviews (dokusan) or establish personal student-teacher relationships (shoken).

Prerequisites: Are determined by the Guiding Teachers on a case by case basis. But, a Dharma teacher should have demonstrated maturity in practice, be familiar with BoWZ’s forms, be able to lead by example and otherwise have communication skills. As a general rule a Dharma teacher should have been practicing Zen for at least five years, and must have an understanding of the history and forms of Zen Buddhism.

Tenure: As the Guiding Teachers feel appropriate.

Dharma Teachers:

* Paul Galvin♦ — Tuesday morning practice leader
* Harold Stevens — Thursday morning and Saturday all-day practice leader

Practice Leader

The Practice Leader is responsible for the general direction of a particular group or retreat.

Prerequisites: A practice leader should have demonstrated maturity in her or his practice, be familiar with BoWZ’s forms, be able to lead by example and have communication skills.

Tenure: As the Guiding Teachers feel appropriate.

Practice Leaders:

* Erin Barbour — Sunday Family Practice
* Todd Curtis — Sunday night
* Raleigh Chilton — Thursday night
* Ray Demers♦ — Friday morning
* Derrick Mathieu — Tuesday evening
* Stephen Murphy — Monday morning

Temple Leadership Council

A Leadership Council has been elected according to the bylaws of Boundless Way Temple. The Temple Leadership Council in collaboration with the guiding teachers is responsible for establishing the institution of Boundless Way Temple. They approve the budget, define membership, and otherwise develop the formal institutional structures of the Community. Tenure: One year.

Leadership Council:

* Stephen Murphy, President
* Todd Curtis, Vice President
* James Cordova, Secretary
* Diane Fitzgerald♦, Treasurer
* Gary Carskaddan, Member-at-Large and Temple Maintenance Committee Coordinator
* Ray Demers♦, Member-at-Large
* Tatiana Gray, Member-at-Large
* Dominik Kulakowski, Member-at-Large
* Derrick Matheiu, Member-at-Large
* Kate Sheridan, Member-at-Large

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Practice Leaders and Dharma Teachers

Derrick
Derrick, Practice Leader
Diane
Diane, Senior Dharma Teacher
Todd
Todd, Practice Leader
Harold
Harold, Dharma Teacher
James
James, Senior Dharma Teacher
Paul
Paul, Dharma Teacher
Raleigh
Raleigh, Practice Leader
Ray
Ray, Practice Leader
Stephen
Stephen, Practice Leader