Sunday, April 14, 2013

Peaceful Dwelling Place

Our yearly "open house" retreat at Boundless Way Temple is in full swing.  This is a retreat where you can attend any or all of the practice periods, and if you want to stay overnight, there's that option, do have to register to reserve a bed for any number of nights.  It's based on the traditional three-month ango that is common in Zen communities, but ours only lasts for three weeks.

We have been studying Dogen's "Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance" during this retreat period, and enjoying talks by many of our Boundless Way Zen teachers -- guiding, senior dharma and dharma teachers.  You can listen to the talks by clicking on this link:

Below is the schedule and more information.  Please consider joining us, either in person, or by listening to the talks.  Many bows from Boundless Way Temple!

Boundless Way Zen Ango
(Peaceful Dwelling Place)
April 6 - April 25, 2013

The ango period is an "open house" meditation retreat.  You may join us for any or all of the practice periods listed below.

 You do not need to register for ango unless you plan to stay overnight.  For overnight registration:  (  Donations for any part of a practice period will be gratefully received in the collection bowl in the front hallway.

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

note: breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served buffet style, so there's no need to bring your own food unless you have special needs, and you won't need an oryoki set.

During the ango, dokusan and dharma talks will be and have been offered by our Boundless Way Guiding Teachers (Melissa Blacker, David Rynick, James Ford and Josh Bartok), by Boundless Way senior dharma teachers (Ken Walkama, Kate Hartland, James Cordova, Michael Fieleke, Robert Waldinger, Diane Fitzgerald, Dominik Kulakowski and Jeanie Erlbaum) and by guest teacher George Bowman.  Dharma talks will be and have been offered by Boundless Way senior dharma teacher Jan Seymour-Ford and by Boundless Way dharma teachers (Ed Oberholtzer, Steve Wallace, Harold Stevens, Jeff Seul, Julie Nelson and Alan Richardson.)  David, Melissa, Diane Fitzgerald, Steve Wallace and Fran Ludwig are in residence for the entire ango.

Boundless Way Temple/Worcester Zen Center

1030 Pleasant Street Worcester, MA 01602 508-792-5189

1 comment:

  1. I offer my gratitude for your Sangha's Ango dharma talks. I especially appreciated your most recent presentation on perfectionism.

    Mumon said perfectionist watchfulness was wearing the yoke and chains. Perhaps the "burning" was the Sangha's way of cremating some kind of zen bureaucracy, some kind of checklist zen, a kind of zazen of the dead. The dharma fumigating dharma malady.

    Still hurts though. As does cauterizing any wound. Thank you, Sister.