Teachers

Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei received full Dharma transmission in 2017 from her teacher, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi, in two lineages: an ordained Soto transmission through Jiyu Kennett, Roshi and a lay koan-teaching lineage through John Tarrant, Roshi. She was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2013. Diane formed Boundless Way Zen DownEast in 2012 and serves as its resident teacher. She is also one of the resident teachers for Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts and a guiding teacher of the Boundless Way Zen school. She is a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and the American Zen Teachers Association.  Diane, a lawyer, is 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. She has been practicing Zen for more than 20 years.

OTHER GUIDING TEACHERS OF BOUNDLESS WAY ZEN

Reverend James Myoun 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. In 2004 he participated in the first Dharma Heritage ceremony of the forming Soto Zen Buddhist Association in North America. This event, designed to be the equivalent of the Japanese Soto Zuisse ceremony, was a public acknowledgment of James as a senior member of the North American Zen community. James is also a Unitarian Universalist minister. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology. He has also earned an MDiv and an MA in the Philosophy of Religion. James is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association. James is the author of three books: In This Very Moment: A Simple Guide to Zen BuddhismZen Master WHO? A Guide to People and Stories of Zen, and most recently If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break.

Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi is Abbot of Boundless Way Zen, a Soto Zen priest, and a Dharma heir to James Myoun Ford, Roshi in two lineages: an ordained Soto transmission through Jiyu Kennett, Roshi and a lay koan-teaching lineage through John Tarrant, Roshi. Melissa is a resident teacher at Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, MA.  She holds degrees in anthropology, music and counseling psychology and has a private practice in contemplative counseling.  From 1992 to 2012 she was a teacher and director of programs at the Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. With her husband, David Dae An Rynick, Roshi, she teaches silent mindfulness retreats throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Central America.  Her writing appears in a number of collections including Best Buddhist Writing, 2012, and The Hidden Lamp, and she is co-editor of The Book of Mu:  Essential Writings on Zen’s Most Important Koan. Her writing also appears in various Buddhist magazines, including Shambhala Sun, Lion’s Roar and Buddhadharma.

David Dae An Rynick, Roshi is a Soto Zen priest and is the abbot and a resident teacher at Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received Dharma transmission in both the Korean Rinzai lineage through Zen Master George Bowman and in the Japanese Soto lineage through James Ford, Roshi. He is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association, and the author of This Truth Never Fails: A Memoir in Four Seasons. David is also a life and leadership coach who works with spiritual leaders from many different traditions as well as with individuals seeking to align their lives with their deepest wisdom.  More information and his blog can be found at www.davidrynick.com.

Josh Jiun Bartok, Roshi is the abbot at the Greater Boston Zen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is a Soto Zen priest. He is a Dharma heir to James Myoun Ford, Roshi in two lineages: the ordained Soto transmission through Jiyu Kennett, Roshi and the lay koan-teaching lineage through John Tarrant, Roshi. Josh also works as a Buddhist pastoral counselor in private practice, and as the executive editor of Wisdom Publications, where he has edited more than 200 books from all Dharma traditions. He’s the co-author with Ezra Bayda of Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts), and the authoring editor of four anthologies of Dharma quotes, including most recently Daily Doses of Wisdom. His writing has appeared in Shambhala Sun, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma magazines, as well as The Handbook for Zen and Mindfulness for Behavioral Health Practitioners.

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 Kagen Hartland, Sensei Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi is a Boundless Way Zen priest and Dharma successor to James Ford Roshi. Melissa is co-editor of THE BOOK OF MU, published by Wisdom Publications in April of 2011, and her writing appears in several other publications including BEST BUDDHIST WRITING, published by Shambhala Publications, The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty Five Centuries of Awakened Women, 2014, published by Wisdom Publications, and several articles featured in the Shambala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines. She is one of the resident teachers at the Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, MA, currently serves as Abbot of the Boundless Way Zen School and has a private practice in contemplative counseling.

 

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