Note: Membership is open to all, regardless of the level of your financial contribution.
We invite you to join in our mission and deepen your personal engagement in Boundless Way Temple activities through becoming a Temple member.
The primary benefit of membership is the opportunity to support and be part of a community of open-hearted Zen practice in the midst of daily life, family and career.
The daily operations and projects of the Temple are made possible through financial donations from members and visitors. Your pledge and contributions pay for our ongoing expenses including ownership, occupancy, utilities, supplies, and our financial contribution in support of our parent organization, Boundless Way Zen.
Each member will be able to vote at the Temple Annual Meeting. In addition, you will also automatically become a voting member of Boundless Way Zen, our parent organization. Members will be given priority registration and discounted fees at selected Temple events.
Boundless Way Temple Mission
We have created the Boundless Way Temple organization in order to support and sustain a place of vibrant Zen practice for ourselves, for those around us and for those who follow us. Our mission is to support the purposes and practices of Boundless Way Zen through sustaining a dedicated site for:
- Daily practice
- Training and special events
- Residential Zen retreats
The Temple is guided by our resident transmitted teachers: Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi, James Myosan Cordova, Sensei, Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei, and David Dae An Rynick, Roshi. We are a non-profit religious organization governed by an elected Leadership Council.
Joining the Temple
There are two simple ways to become a member:
- Submit a membership form online.
- Print and fill out a membership form and give it to one of our practice leaders, or mail it to the Temple:
Boundless Way Temple
1030 Pleasant Street
Worcester, MA 01602
On the form, you will be asked to choose a membership level, and to specify your donation and how you will pay (monthly or annually). Membership is open to all, regardless of the level of your financial contribution.
Members are required to fill out a pledge form annually and are expected to fulfill their pledge and are invited to participate in the ongoing life and purposes of the Temple. Membership and pledges are renewed each year in December.
Membership Levels & Pledging*
The following suggested amounts of member giving are intended to provide general guidelines for annual giving:
- Student/Senior: $120 – $400 per year ($10-$33 per month)
- Individual: $400 – $1200 ($33 – $100 per month)
- Family (2+ individuals): $750 – $1800 ($62-$150 per month)
- Sustainer: $1800 or 3% of income
For Payment information and membership form, you can visit our Join/Renew & Payments page.
*Membership is open to all, regardless of the level of your financial contribution.