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Boundless Way Zen Westchester, a part of Boundless Way Zen, is led by Dharma Teacher, Rev. Meredith Garmon, who is also the minister of the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains. A former philosophy professor, Meredith has been a Buddhist student and practitioner since 2001 and a Unitarian Universalist minister since 2004.

Meredith began Buddhist meditation training with a year studying with Vipassana teacher, John Orr, in Durham, NC. After moving to El Paso, TX in 2002, Meredith studied with Harvey Sodiaho Hilbert (Matsuoka lineage) for six months, and then with Sidney Musai Walter (White Plum school) for one year.

Starting in 2004 and for the next 10 years, Meredith was a student of Ruben Habito (Zen master at Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX, of the Sanbo Kyodan school of Zen). During that time, he traveled to Dallas for sesshin (intensive Zen retreats of 4 to 7 days) 20 times -- and has also attended sesshin and Zen training in Tucson, Austin, Toronto, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Japan. He has also attended kenshukai (Sanbo Kyodan's koan review seminars for teachers) in Holland and in San Francisco.

Meredith received jukai (taking of lay vows; “confirmation” as a Zen Buddhist) in 2007, at which time he was given the Dharma name Hotetsu.

In 2014, Meredith joined Boundless Way Zen, and is now a student of David Rynick.

From 2006-2013, Meredith led the Dancing Crane Zen Center in Gainesville, FL before moving to White Plains, NY.
In recent years, I have been privileged to share in the inestimable bounties of regular Zen practice with our sangha at Hokoku-an led by Seido Ray Nonci, in the activities of Show-Me Dharma, led by Virginia Morgan, and in those of the Dancing Crane Zen Center, led by Meredith Garmon.
James H. Austin, M.D., "Acknowledgments," Meditating Selflessly:
Practical Neural Zen
(Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2011)

The Harada-Yasutani Lineage

White Plum, Sanbo Kyodan, and Boundless Way, among others, are all branches of the Harada-Yasutani lineage of Zen, a hybrid of two Japanese schools: Soto and Rinzai (in the Chinese: Caodong and Linji).

Japanese Zen master Harada Daiun Sogaku (1871-1961) received Dharma transmission in both the Soto and Rinzai traditions. Harada’s student and Dharma heir, Yasutani Haku’un (1885-1973) formally founded Sanbo Kyodan in 1954. Western Zen teachers in the Harada-Yasutani Zen lineage include Philip Kapleau (1912-2004), Robert Aitken (1917-2010; founder of the Diamond Sangha), and Taizan Maezumi (1931-1995; founder of White Plum Asanga). Each of these trained in the Sanbo Kyodan school before forming their respective independent organizations.

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