We warmly welcome you to Boundless Way Temple of Worcester MA, a place of Zen Buddhist training and practice. Our regular practice schedule is as follows:
- Morning Practice is held Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 8 AM
- Evening Practice is held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7 PM to 8 PM and Sundays from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.
Be sure to check out our calendar for our talks & dokusan schedule, and for more 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.
What to wear
It’s recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Anything that’s too restrictive could become uncomfortable or distracting to you. Please also keep in mind the other people who will be sitting with you, and avoid wearing anything that could be overly distracting to them, as well (including strong fragrances). In cooler weather, a light sweater or similar garment could be helpful if the zendo is chilly, but there are also blankets available to borrow.
When you arrive
Please try to arrive early (around 15 minutes) before the start of the meditation period, so that someone can greet you and give you a personal introduction to meditation practice. Remove your shoes in the vestibule and place on the shelves there, then enter through the main door. The first doorway on the left is the parlor, where you may hang your coat in the closet. If someone hasn’t already greeted you, they will likely be along shortly.
If you walk past the parlor towards the mirror, on your left just beyond the stairs, you’ll see a door. That’s the first floor restroom. If the door is closed and your needs are urgent, someone can direct you to other available facilities in the building.
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.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative for Boundless Way Temple: a campaign to establish a FUND FOR THE FUTURE.
Over the past five years, we have made great progress toward fulfilling our mission of being a vital center for Zen practice for ourselves, for those around us and for those who come after us. We are integrally tied into the larger Boundless Way Zen organization, providing a site for residential retreat opportunities as well as … more
The temple will be closed for Summer Sesshin!
“To Touch the Heart-Mind”
Our parent organization, Boundless Way Zen, will be holding its Summer Sesshin here at Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, from 9PM on July 14 through 1PM on July 21, 2017, and the temple will be closed to anyone not participating in the retreat. The last regular sitting will be on Friday morning, July 14, and the regular schedule will resume with the Sunday evening sitting on July 23.
Recent Dharma Talks
For more talks from the Temple, go to our podcast page or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or by using our RSS feed.
Diane Fitzgerald – What is the Need for Practice?
Melissa Blacker – Not Harboring Ill Will
David Rynick – Freedom Exactly Where You Are