Michael Shoryu Fieleke, Sensei of Morning Star Zen Sangha, Newton, MassachusettsMichael Shoryu Fieleke, Sensei

Michael received final transmission, or full authorization to teach and transmit the Dharma, from David Dae An Rynick, Roshi in a Denbo ceremony on January 5, 2019. Michael is a Senior Zen Priest and is a Lineage Holder in the Japanese Soto tradition, the Soto reform Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum, and the Korean Linji tradition. Mike is a full member of the American Zen Teachers Association and is a nonvoting member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. Mike also interned in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, has a PhD in Education, and is an English teacher in the Newton Public Schools.


Sandra RaponiSandra Raponi, Practice Leader

Sandra is Morning Star's Practice Leader. Sandra has been practice leader with Morning Star since 2014. Sandra is also a professor of Philosophy.



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/

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 fifty 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 and is now a guiding teacher emeritus. For more information about James see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ishmael_Ford

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/

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.