Welcome Home!

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.

The restroom
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.


Audio recordings from our 2018 Coming and Going sesshin are now available online

More talks will be added each day as our practice together unfolds.

Please come join us at the BWZ Temple in Worcester between now and January 22nd if you can.  You are welcome to come for an hour or two, or to register as a residentfor any number of days during our three week period of intensive group practice.  Even if you can’t join us physically you can still hear all the talks and discussions online.  The inspiration for this year’s talks comes from our newly published fourth edition of the Boundless Way Zen Liturgy Book(See the full announcement below for more information)

Buddhist Responses to Sexism

Potluck Dinner and Continuing Discussion
Part of GBZC’s Racial & Social Justice Campaign
Saturday February 3,  4-6 pm
Boundless Way Temple
Do you ever find that you are  the only woman in the room?  Do you have a  hard time being seen/heard as a person of worth?   Do you find that other people in a group take over a meeting, tend to interrupt, don’t give you any space, or take credit for ideas that you (or other women)  have already expressed?  Do you ever  feel that you  are overlooked in society in general due to lack of perceived status/title?
How do you feel that the larger society defines you as a woman?  What part of that do you accept and embrace and what part do you reject?  How do you use your Zen Buddhist practice in dealing with being a woman in this society?
Bring your experiences, observations, and insight, to our next potluck dinner and discussion facilitated by Cheryl Morrow.
Who:  All those who identify as Women
When:  Saturday, February 3, 4-6 pm
Where:  Boundless Way Temple in Worcester
RSVP:   Pamela Hubley pbhubley@hotmail.com

Melissa Blacker, Roshi, Published in Bodhidharma

Read her article here:  https://www.lionsroar.com/a-woman-of-zen/

Coming and Going Sesshin 2018

Three-week residential and non-residential open house meditation retreat, January 2 – 22.
In the tradition of Buddha’s sangha, we will be gathering to support each other in deepening our commitment to Zen practice.  There are several ways in which you can participate:
  • Attend the opening ceremony on January 2nd at 7:30 PM
  • Visit the Temple for any or all of the practice periods below:
    • 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early morning practice period
      • Includes dokusan (individual meetings with a teacher or senior student)
    • 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Late morning practice period:
      • Includes sutra service, teisho (dharma talk by a teacher or senior student) and dharma dialogue
    • 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM Afternoon practice period
      • Includes dokusan
    • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Evening practice period
      • Includes teisho, dharma dialogue and dokusan
Donations for any part of a practice period will be gratefully received in the collection bowl in the front hallway. The suggested donation is $5 – $50/day.
  • Attend the Shuso Hossen ceremony for Janine Larsen on January 21 at 7:30 PM
  • Participate in residential practice by staying at the Temple overnight for one or more nights.
Advance registration is required for residential practice. Registration is now open.  Please visit our registration information page for more details.

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.