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Who are we ?

Established in 1997

The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun (ZBOHY) was founded in 1997 by Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya of Hsu Yun Temple. In 1998 he officiated in an ordination ceremony in China inaugurating Chuan Zhi Shakya as Abbot of ZBOHY. Chuan Zhi continues today as head of the order. Read more ...

Who is Hsu Yun?

Hsu Yun is the most famous Chan master of the 20th Century, celebrated for his relentless efforts to resurrect Chan in monasteries throughout China, and to offer it directly to anyone who wanted to learn about it, Buddhist clergy and laity alike, as well as to non-Buddhists. Hsu Yun believed that anyone can "do" Chan. Read more ...

Jy Din Shakya

One of Master Hsu Yun's Dharma heirs, Jy Din was instructed by him to take Chan Buddhism to the west. In 1956 he arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, and in 1959 he established Hsu Yun Temple, named by him in honor of his master, Hsu Yun. In 1997 he created the internet resource, ZBOHY, to help further his mission. Read more ...


It has been brought to our attention that other groups are presenting themselves as the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun in various countries. We are not affiliated with any of these groups.

The ZBOHY Mission

ZBOHY has grown to include many solo practitioners, as well as sanghas and practice centers throughout the world. Our mission: to make the study and practice of Chan Buddhism accessible to Westerners using terms and concepts that are readily understood within the context of our native societies and cultures, and to provide an open online resource center for the study and promotion of Chan teachings. Read more ...

Non Discrimination

We hold no bias toward any particular cultural expressions of Buddhism and embrace varied and multiple approaches to practice and teachings according to the needs of the individual or group. We provide equal access to all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, previous religious background, or personal history. Read more ...