Membership in Boundless Way Zen
Becoming a member of Boundless Way Zen allows one to contribute to the organization in a meaningful way and to have a voice in community decisions through voting at business meetings, including the annual meeting. Members pay a reduced fee for meditation retreats (sesshin) and some other types of events. If you study and practice with Boundless Way Zen, we encourage you to consider becoming a member.
There are two ways to become a member of Boundless Way Zen:
1. Become a member of one of Boundless Way Zen’s affiliate Zen Centers by following their membership requirements. All members of Boundless Way Zen’s affiliate Zen Centers are automatically members of Boundless Way Zen. Currently, there are two affiliate Zen Centers: Greater Boston Zen Center and Boundless Way Temple/Worcester Zen Center. Membership in either affiliate Zen Center requires an annual financial contribution.
Typically, members of Boundless Way Zen’s affiliate Zen Centers are those who practice at the Center on a consistent basis and/or have a student relationship (shoken) with one of the resident teachers. To apply for membership in Greater Boston Zen Center click here and for Boundless Way Temple/Worcester Zen Center here.
2. Become a member of Boundless Way Zen directly. To become a member of Boundless Way Zen directly one must apply in writing to the Leadership Council. The requirements for Leadership Council approval of an initial membership are: (a) active participation with Boundless Way Zen for three months; (b) making an annual financial contribution to Boundless Way Zen in any amount. To be approved, an application for membership must receive a majority vote of the Leadership Council. Membership automatically lapses if the member fails to make an annual financial contribution to Boundless Way Zen for two consecutive years.
People who become members of Boundless Way Zen directly may live at a considerable distance from both Zen Centers and either practice with one of the BoWZ local practice groups or have a student relationship with a BoWZ Guiding Teacher and travel to a Zen Center from time-to-time for retreats and events. To become a member of Boundless Way Zen directly, complete the online form found here and click submit. Your application for membership will be voted on at the next meeting of the Leadership Council.