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RESIDENT TEACHER AT HENRY DAVID THOREAU ZEN SANGHA

Bob WaldingerRobert Waldinger (Ryudo Tetsumu)

Resident Teacher,  Dharma Holder
Bob ordained as a Soto Zen priest in July of 2013 and was given denkai (the first stage of dharma transmission) by his teacher, Melissa Myozen Blacker Roshi, in October of 2016.  Bob is a psychiatrist who directs a psychotherapy teaching program for residents at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also directs the 78-year-long Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest study of adult life ever done. He lives in Newton with his wife Jennifer and is the father of two adult sons.

PRACTICE LEADER AT HENRY DAVID THOREAU ZEN SANGHA

Alan RichardsonAlan Richardson, Senior Dharma Teacher

Alan Richardson began his practice of Zen Buddhism in the early 1970s at the San Francisco Zen Center. He has been sitting with Boundless Way Zen since 2007 and was named as a Senior Dharma Teacher in 2016. He serves as Practice Leader for the Henry David Thoreau Sangha and also guides the weekly Zen Meditation Group at Boston College.

 

 

THE GUIDING TEACHERS OF BOUNDLESS WAY ZEN

Melissa Blacker

Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi
Melissa Myozen Blacker Roshi is a Boundless Way Zen priest and Dharma successor to James Ford Roshi. She is one of the resident teachers at the Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester. For more information about Melissa see http://www.worcesterzen.org/teachers/melissa/



David Rynick

David Dae An Rynick, Roshi
David Dae An Rynick Roshi is Boundless Way Zen priest and a Dharma heir to George Bomun Bowman who was sanctioned as a teacher by Zen Master Seung Sahn. David is currently a life and leadership coach, and one of the resident teachers at the Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester. For more information about David see http://www.worcesterzen.org/teachers/david/


Josh Bartok Josh Bartok, Roshi
Josh Bartok  (Keido Mu'nen) is the abbot (head teacher and spiritual director) at the Greater Boston Zen Center. He is a Dharma heir of James Ishmael Ford Roshi in both of the roshi's lineages: the ordained Soto Zen lineage of Jiyu Kennett, and the koan introspection lineage of John Tarrant. For more information about Josh see https://bostonzen.org/sensei-josh-bartok/


James Ford

Reverend James Ishmael Ford, Zeno Myoun, Roshi
Reverend James Ishmael Ford Roshi is the Founding Teacher of the Boundless Way Zen school. James has been a student of Zen for nearly forty years. He was ordained unsui and received Dharma transmission from the late Houn Jiyu Kennett Roshi, completed koan study within the Harada/Yasutani tradition and received Inka shomei from John Tarrant Roshi. For more information about James see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ishmael_Ford


Diane Fitzgerald

Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei
Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei received full Dharma transmission in 2017 from her teacher, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi and is an ordained Soto Zen priest. She is the resident teacher at Boundless Way Zen DownEast in Pembroke, Maine and is one of the resident teachers for Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts. Diane is also one of the leaders of the Boundless Way Zen and Boundless Way Zen DownEast Ecosattva action groups and is a volunteer with DownEast Hospice Services.


James Myosan Cordova, Sensei
James Myosan Cordova, Sensei received full Dharma transmission from his teacher, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi in December 2016. James serves as the resident teacher for the Benevolent Street Sangha in Providence, Rhode Island and is one of the resident teachers at Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is currently the Vice-President and Clerk of the Boundless Way Temple Leadership Council. James is also a husband and father of two children, Chair of the Psychology Department at Clark University, and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of The Marriage Check-up, The Marriage Checkup Practitioner's Guide, and The Story of Mu.


Kate Hartland

Kate Kagen Hartland, Sensei
Kate Kagen Hartland, Sensei is a Guiding Teacher for Boundless Way Zen and leads the Bright Sea Zen Sangha in Weymouth, MA. She is a Dharma heir of Josh Muínen Bartok, Roshi, and is a member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. Before coming to Boundless Way she had studied with both Philip Kapleau (Rochester Zen Center) and Toni Packer (Springwater Center). Kate works at the non-profit Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, furthering biomedical research.