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.
Practice and Study Retreat
November 3 – November 5, 2017
From 7:00 pm Friday evening through 1:00 pm Sunday
This is a residential meditation retreat held at the Temple and open to anyone who is sincerely interested in exploring the Zen path of awakening, whether you are just beginning practice or are an experienced practitioner.
The retreat will include talks by the teachers, individual meetings, and periods of silent sitting followed by walking. We will alternate formal practice periods with group study and dialogue. Our topic for this retreat will be the teachings of our Zen ancestor Deshan.
Deshan visited Lungtan and questioned him sincerely far into the night. It grew late and Lungtan said, “Why don’t you retire?” Deshan made his bows and lifted the blinds to withdraw, but was met by darkness. Turning back he said, “It is dark outside.”
The retreat will be led by Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi; David Dae An Rynick, Roshi; James Myosan Cordova, Sensei; and Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei and is sponsored by Boundless Way Temple.
$250 (U.S.) fee (scholarships available)
Registration is now open. Space is limited.
Please go to our retreat registration information page for more details and to register.
Fall Sesshin “To Touch the Heart-Mind”
October 6 – October 9, 2017
From 9:00 pm Friday evening through 1:00 pm Monday
$359 (U.S.) fee (scholarships available)
Registration is now open. The retreat is currently full, but there is a waiting list.
Please go to our sesshin registration information page for more details and to register.
For those who cannot attend this sesshin but would like to support it, please consider helping those who require financial aid to attend by contributing to the Boundless Way Retreat Assistance Fund.
For questions please contact: BoundlessWayZen@gmail.com
Buddhism 101: Stories and Koans From Our Zen Ancestors
Registration is Now Open!
Join us this fall and winter to explore stories and koans from our Zen Ancestors. Each month we will focus on one teacher: Bodhidharma in September, Hui Neng in October, Matsu in November and Linji in December. Although we are separated from these teachers by centuries, their teaching is alive and present right now and inspires us in our modern Boundless Way Zen practice. As always, we will use these teachings as a way to move closer to our own individual experiences through guided practices, presentations, and discussion… more
Join the Maitreya Society: A Fund for the Future
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
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