Saturday, January 30, 2016

On Eagles Wings

My husband's father, George Rynick, died this morning.  He had a complex and varied life, but he never lost his faith in a love that held him no matter what he did or what was done to him.  What I might call the Dharma, the lawful love that fills the universe, he saw as embodied in a personal and ever compassionate God.  He requested that his favorite song, "On Eagle's Wings" be sung at his funeral.  Here is a version by Josh Groban:

May you be carried on eagle's wings, George, and find your rest at last.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Inside Out Review

Inside Out just won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film.  You can read the review I wrote last fall for Shambhala Sun here:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Talks on Linji from the Boundless Way Zen Coming and Going Sesshin

Thanks to Steve Wallace, audio recordings from our 2016 Coming and Going sesshin are now available online at:

Please come join us at the BWZ Temple in Worcester between now and January 23rd if you can.  Even if you can't join us physically you can still hear all the talks and discussions online. More talks are added each day as we proceed.  The inspiration for this year's talks comes from the Record of Master Linji.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Coming and Going Sesshin 2016

Calligraphy for Ango (Peaceful Dwelling Place)

As 2016 begins, so does Boundless Way Temple's annual Coming and Going Sesshin, sponsored by Boundless Way Zen.  For 3 weeks, the Temple will be open from 6 am to 9 pm every day, and you may literally come and go, joining us in sitting and walking meditation, liturgy, meals, care-taking, individual meetings with teachers and dharma talks and discussions.   No registration is necessary for daytime attendance.  If you want to stay overnight, please register at this link:

The schedule is:

 Opening ceremony on January 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
From January 4 -- 22:
o 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early morning practice period
Includes dokusan (individual meetings with a teacher or senior student)
o 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
o 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM Afternoon practice period
Includes dokusan
o 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Evening practice period
Includes teisho, dharma dialogue and dokusan
 Shuso Hossen ceremony for Bob Waldinger on January 22 at 7:30 PM

Hope to see you at Boundless Way Temple, 1030 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602