April 16, 2014

Welcome to the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun

There is no method, no teaching, and no practice.
Only be quiet and allow no I-thought to arise and You will reveal your Self to your Self.
- Sri H.W.L. Poonja
Chan Master Hsu Yun

The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun (ZBOHY) seeks to make the practice and study of Zen Buddhism accessible to Westerners through our online presence and many sanghas world-wide.

We offer Zen (Chan) in the context of contemporary Western culture rather than only in the traditional Asian cultural forms commonly available.

Read more about us and the founder of the order, Jy Din Shakya.

In the spirit of Zen, we take no money and our doors are always open, our virtual incense always burning ...


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A Single Thought

by Peadar Graham

Published Mar 21, 2014

A single thought ...You notice it, you embellish it,It becomes a story, lost in it now,It’s an epic. Feature film length,2 minutes later, you can’t even remember it!! The power of nonsense is hypnotic,Full of wonder, intrigue, paranoia..Thoughts feeding of each other,Jumping, spinning, like sparks from a grinders wheel, When the... Read more

Zen Meditation (Tao Te Ching)

by John Stubbs

Published Feb 07, 2014

Zen Meditation (Tao Te Ching)

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Selection from the Tao Te Ching

by John Stubbs

Published Jan 10, 2014

Selection from the Tao Te Ching

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Poetry Selections: Emily Dickinson

by Emily Dickinson

Published Jan 09, 2014

Exultation is the going of an inland soul to the sea Past houses – past headlands– Into deep Eternity. ‘Tis little I – could care for pearls Who own the ample sea – Of Periods of seas – Unvisited of Shores Themselves the Verge... Read more

The Celibacy Question

by Chuan Zhi

Published Jan 03, 2014

An Interview with Chuan Zhi from Non Duality Magazine, 12/27/2013 Chuan Zhi: This is a good subject for public discussion – one that’s usually avoided. I wrote on a related subject recently that may address some of the questions/issues people have on the topic of sexual intimacy, and some of the... Read more

Song of the Passionate Lover

by a Yokut Native American

Published Dec 29, 2013

A poem from the Yokut Native American tribe residing in the Central Valley of California Come not near my songs,You who are not my lover,Lest from out that ambushLeaps my heart upon you! When my songs are glowingAs an almond thicketWith the bloom upon it,Lies my heart in ambushAll amid my singing;Come... Read more

FAQ for PG

by Chuan Zhi

Published Dec 01, 2013

FAQ  for  PG

Preface: We have never offered an official Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on this website, as the number and variety of questions we receive are too numerous and broad. Everyone has a different set of questions. The many writings available on this website will, however, answer the vast majority of... Read more

Applying the Hua Tou Method of Chan Practice to Archetypal Projections

by Chuan Zhi

Published Sep 28, 2013

Applying the  Hua Tou Method of Chan Practice to Archetypal Projections

Everyone who comes to Zen develops his or her own unique relationship with it.  That relationship is affected by a myriad of factors, from one’s native culture, to the culture of the Zen sect one embraces, be it Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. It’s also affected by the practices and philosophies... Read more

The Refuge of No-Refuge

by Fa Dong Shakya

Published Sep 12, 2013

The Refuge of No-Refuge

The seeker trudges slowly up the mountain through the mists, not sure which path to take. He takes one path only to find that it dead-ends around a few large trees, forcing him to go back and take a different route. The weather, as he rises higher, becomes colder and... Read more

Destiny

by Chuan Zhi and Fa Jian

Published Jul 28, 2013

Destiny

Rev. Fa Jian (Dale Ryan) recently returned from Belize where he worked for 6 months to help impoverished communities get clean drinking water.  Through this inspiring interview with Dale, we learn about sanitation challenges faced by rural communities in Centeral America and  get a glimpse of Dharma in action.   An... Read more

Yearning to be Met

by Chuan Zhi

Published May 08, 2013

Yearning to be Met

'The human heart yearns for contact - above all it yearns for genuine dialogue. Dialogue is at the heart of being human. Without it, we are not fully formed - there is a yawning abyss inside. With it, we have the possibility of our uniqueness, and our most human qualities... Read more

Sidetracked by Institutionalized Zen

by Chuan Zhi

Published Feb 10, 2013

Sidetracked by Institutionalized Zen

I was approached recently by a man in his middle years who had spent much time sitting with various Zen groups around the country.   He had left one after another after being disillusioned with each.  In one, the head teacher was having an open affair with a student, to... Read more

Contemplating Consciousness

by Chuan Zhi

Published Sep 01, 2012

Contemplating Consciousness

Consciousness. We don't think about it, we don't act upon it. It's just there. We awaken in the morning and go to the bathroom and do those things, make coffee, eat a donut, take the dog out … and so goes our entire day. At the end, we take a... Read more

The Art and Poetry of Fa Guan (John Stubbs)

by John Stubbs

Published Aug 25, 2012

The Art and Poetry of Fa Guan (John Stubbs)

Fa Guan (John Stubbs) resides in Castleton, Ontario, Canada where he spends his time painting and reflecting. He offers us many of his inspiring works of poetry and art in the form of paintings and drawings and calligraphy. View the slide show to see his most recent works.   {loadposition john-stubbs-art} Read more

No Mind? Really?

by Fa Gong Shakya

Published Jul 01, 2012

No Mind? Really?

A couple of weeks ago a friend came to me to discuss problems she was having in her meditation practice. She was quite distraught at what she felt was her hopeless progress, and she despaired she'd ever get the hang of it. When I asked about the problem, she said... Read more

Just Who Am I?

by Yin De Shakya

Published Apr 27, 2012

Just Who Am I?

Each of us has a narrator in our head. An internal voice that we call “me”. And most of us assume that this narrator is real. We assume that it’s our true self. Some believe it’s the thing which inhabits the body and the brain rather than something that arises... Read more

Mara the Abuser

by Fa Gong Shakya

Published Apr 02, 2012

Mara the Abuser

In Buddhist literature we are often exposed to Mara, the sometimes wily, sometimes violent, sometimes beguiling tempter of Gautama on his way to Buddha-hood. Mara can be said to provide, essentially, a personification of that force which counters the evolutionary urge to enlightenment; it represents the energy of enslavement that... Read more

A Woman's Work

by Fa Lian Shakya

Published Mar 14, 2012

A Woman's Work

Seeing things as they are Awareness opened one of the Dharma doors with a new way of seeing things. She started to understand more and more, then realized that all was neti! neti! Starring at all things, she saw through all forms the emptiness that beheld the whole. What is... Read more


 

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Facebook page launched

Published Feb 06, 2014

Facebook page launched

Just this week we opened a Facebook page as a means to welcome the greater community of Zen/Chan enthusiasts into our social network. We encourage anyone to join in on... Read more

One Mind

Published Dec 17, 2013

One Mind

Edward Berger, best known for his award-winning documentary of hermit monks in China, Amongst White Clouds, is tackling another impressive documentary, One Mind: A Cinematic Meditation on Zen Monastic Life... Read more

How to Meditate on the Train

Published Nov 14, 2013

How to Meditate on the Train

Yin Shi -- Michael Pockley -- has just released a book (both in paper and eBook formats) that covers some of the basics of meditation. While it is aimed primarily... Read more

Ordination Ceremony in Washington

Published Sep 09, 2013

Ordination Ceremony in Washington

This summer, Fa Chun officially joined the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun in an ordination ceremony in Olympia, Washington, USA. She was ordained by Chuan Zhi on August 17th,... Read more

News from Le Chant de la Vallée

Published Mar 21, 2013

News from Le Chant de la Vallée

All hermitages are occupied through next December at this remote retreat in Eastern Canada. In the spirit of Chan, people who stay at the retreat receive no explicit ethnic teachings,... Read more

Rev. Fa Zhao Shakya is appointed Training Manager of The Buddhist Council of NSW, Australia

Published Jan 29, 2013

Rev. Fa Zhao Shakya is appointed Training Manager of The Buddhist Council of NSW, Australia

In January 2013, Rev Fa Zhao, Matt Lawther, was promoted to the position of Training Manager of the Buddhist Council of NSW, Australia. With a background of 20 years in Vocational... Read more

Fa Lohng Appointed President of Regional Buddhist Association

Published Oct 24, 2012

Fa Lohng Appointed President of Regional Buddhist Association

Fa Lohng Shakya (Koro Kaisan Miles) began his term as president of the Northwest Dharma Association this last June. He has been on the board of the Association since 2006,... Read more

Celebrating the life of Yao Feng of Greece

Published Sep 30, 2012

Celebrating the life of Yao Feng of Greece

Unexpected news of the passing of Yao Feng (Dimitris Maras) arrived early this morning. Yao Feng was the husband of many decades of Co-Abbot of the Order of Hsu Yun,... Read more

3 Day Retreat in Belgium

Published Sep 16, 2012

3 Day Retreat in Belgium

Nicolas Gounaropoulos, Fa Chan Shakya, of Belgium and Philippe Duchesne, Fa Tian Shakya, of Canada offer a three day retreat in November, 2012, in Belgium focusing on meditation and workshops... Read more

Fa Gong at Balcombe Estuary Reserve in Mt. Martha

Published Sep 06, 2012

Fa Gong at Balcombe Estuary Reserve in Mt. Martha

Fa Gong of Melbourne Australia recently participated in a Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network event at Balcombe Estuary Reserve in Mt. Martha.  In a ceremony officiated by spiritual leaders of many... Read more

Clouds & Water Hermitage Dedication

Published Sep 06, 2012

Clouds & Water Hermitage Dedication

On Saturday August 25th 2012, members of the Order of the Boundless Way joined with friends and neighbors for the dedication of Clouds and Water Hermitage. This event marks the... Read more

Dual Ceremonies At Mountain Way Zendo

Published Sep 06, 2012

Dual Ceremonies At Mountain Way Zendo

On August 23rd, 2012, Fa Xing hosted a small gathering at his own Mountain Way Zendo in Washington State, USA, to dedicate the recently completed practice space.  As a member... Read more

Awakening Way Zen, Melbourne, Australia

Published Sep 03, 2012

Awakening Way Zen, Melbourne, Australia

Fa Gong Shakya (Finn McMillan) introduces Awakening Way Zen, "A Way Of Intimacy, Awareness and Self-Acceptance" in Melbourne, Australia. Integrating contemporary, scientific, approaches to psychology, with ancient traditions of Chan/Zen... Read more

Mountain Way Zen

Published Apr 28, 2012

Mountain Way Zen

Mountain Way Zen makes its first apperance on the Web in April. The group is founded by Fa Xing Shakya of the Order of Hsu Yun, who continues to have... Read more

Zendo Construction begins in May

Published Apr 28, 2012

Zendo Construction begins in May

Fa Lohng Shakya (Koro Kaisan) Fa Lohng (Koro Kaisan), resident teacher at Open Gate Zendo, begins the construction of a new Zendo building in May on a remote island in the... Read more

Chant de la vallée

Published Apr 28, 2012

Chant de la vallée

J’ai toujours été impressionné par la quiétude qui se dé-gage d’une grenouille assise des heures durant sur le bord de l’étang. Un moustique vient à passer et hop!, elle le... Read more

Fa Dong Speaks in Massechusetts

Published Apr 27, 2012

Fa Dong Speaks in Massechusetts

In April, Fa Dong gave two Dharma talks in Massachusetts, one an overview of Chan, and the second on the Chan (and Buddhist) view of duality. He spoke both about the... Read more

Grand Master Ben Huan passes after 105 years

Published Apr 04, 2012

Grand Master Ben Huan passes after 105 years

Grand Master Ben Huan. Photo taken in 2010 at a celebration in honor of his birthday. Grand Master Ben Huan, one of the most respected of China's Chan masters, passed away... Read more

2012 Interview with Chuan Zhi

Published Feb 15, 2012

This interview was conducted on January 27th, 2012, by a visitor to our website who wishes to remain anonymous. Q: Are you the leader of your organization?  If so, what is... Read more

Yin De to speak in Arizona on March 11th, 2012

Published Jan 19, 2012

Yin De to speak in Arizona on March 11th, 2012

Y in De Shakya (Randy Nowell) will be giving a public talk in Phoenix, Arizona on March 11th on the concepts of "Self" (Atman) and "Non-Self" (Anatman). Yin De regularly offers... Read more

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Selections by No Ajahn Chah

by No Ajahn Chah

Published Jun 29, 2009

Selections by No Ajahn Chah

from Reflections, Compiled and Edited by Dhamma Garden   A visiting Zen student asked Ajahn Chah, "How old are you? Do you live here all year round?" "I live... Read more

When Righteousness Goes Wrong

by Fa Dao, OHY

Published Nov 11, 2004

When Righteousness Goes Wrong

Chan Buddhists, just like followers of other religions, want to do what's right. We strive to be righteous and to avoid self-aggrandizing actions and activities. It's imperative that we consider... Read more

The Tradition of Mountain Ascetic Zen

by Fa Lohng (Koro Kaisan)

Published Aug 27, 2009

The Tradition of Mountain Ascetic Zen

Among the most admired of Zen masters are those who have eschewed the temple life and opted instead for the life of a Mountain Ascetic. Asceticism is a cross-cultural, cross-religious... Read more

Science and Spiritual Inquiry: Striking a Balance

by Chuan Zhi

Published Jun 15, 2004

Science and Spiritual Inquiry: Striking a Balance

The universe, governed by power and the law power obeys, conforms to a dualistic principal of yin and yang, eros and logos, shakti and Shiva. We cannot separate them. Only... Read more

Non-Attachment, a Zen Imperative

by Fa Gong, OHY

Published Feb 22, 2007

As our Zen practice deepens, we can observe ourselves as we shift in and out between our "small" and conditioned self, and that unconditioned SELF that cannot be described. And... Read more

Form and Emptiness: A Buddhist Defines "God"

by Yin De Shakya

Published Jan 07, 2010

"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy." A. Einstein Some Unitarian Universalists claim a belief in "God" in... Read more

The Circle of Life and Death

by Chuan Zhi

Published Feb 19, 2010

The Circle of Life and Death

My first encounter with a Zen teacher happened when I was in my late twenties. Zen had been an interest of mine for nearly a decade before this chance encounter... Read more

And Still the Buddha Smiles

by Fa Che Shakya

Published Nov 03, 2009

And Still the Buddha Smiles

THE FLOWER SERMON: Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. As they had done so many times before, the Buddha's followers... Read more

Denial of Beauty by Austerity?

by Fa Dao, OHY

Published Dec 22, 2004

Denial of Beauty by Austerity?

The simplest of foods or the meanest of meals is a banquet if we appreciate it for what it is -- sustenance, a gift from the earth and the fruit... Read more

The Eye of Practice

by Fa Che, OHY

Published Nov 25, 2008

The Eye of Practice

Buddhism brings many of us to understand that individualism does not exist and is a delusion: that there is no birth, no death, no self, no "I" that exists as... Read more

Ancient Wisdom: The Blue Lotus

by Chuan Zhi

Published Jul 17, 2001

Ancient Wisdom: The Blue Lotus

 Zen requires that we maintain our sense of awe and wonder, that pure curiosity about the things we see and experience, that search for meaning and significance that is so... Read more

King of the Road: On Loneliness and Solitude

by Chuan Zhi

Published Feb 15, 2001

King of the Road: On Loneliness and Solitude

When we stop to analyze our daily lives, we discover how many of our activities are constructed to assuage a fear of being alone. We wait in lines at restaurants... Read more

Science & Zen: A Closer Look

by Chuan Zhi

Published Feb 08, 2008

Science & Zen: A Closer Look

Are science and Zen incompatible? Not at all. Each simply leads the investigator to a different area of understanding. Is awareness simply the result of our neurons firing away? Sure,... Read more

The Phantom Self

by Chuan Zhi

Published Mar 04, 2010

The Phantom Self

Anyone who has spent much time reading about Zen has encountered the term "Self" many times over. Some may even conclude that Zen is all about Self. They would not... Read more

A Loose Garment

by Fa Dao, OHY

Published Apr 04, 2005

Speaking with a friend on the phone recently and asked about her practice. Just the general sort of conversational "how's it going" type of question.She answered "I'm wearing my practice... Read more

The Prayer of a Zen Buddhist Atheist

by Yin De Shakya

Published Feb 19, 2011

The Prayer of a Zen Buddhist Atheist

I gave a talk recently at the request of a church group that was interested in my perspective on prayer and worship as a Zen Buddhist and an Atheist.... Read more

Archetypal Integration

by Chuan Zhi

Published Nov 16, 1999

Archetypal Integration

In physics we talk about forces. Without forces, there would be no physics because nothing would happen. In fact, there would be nothing at all because it is forces that... Read more

So Simple, A Child Could Do It . . .

by Fa Xing (Hadashi Sharishi)

Published Sep 13, 2010

So Simple, A Child Could Do It . . .

A Zen Buddhist's perspective on the five precepts.   I don't remember much about the fifth grade.  Oh, I remember a few faces, what the school looked like, and other such inane... Read more

A Conversation on Zen and God

by Chuan Zhi

Published Jan 05, 1999

A Conversation on Zen and God

Some Buddhists may say they believe in God, others may say otherwise, but the reality of God is independent of anything anyone may believe or disbelieve. Religions the world over... Read more

Reincarnation

by Chuan Zhi

Published May 04, 1999

Reincarnation

When we recognize that the ego doesn't exist in any real sense but only as an artifice of the mind, there's nothing that needs explaining anymore and the notion of... Read more

Homeostasis and Zen

by Chuan Zhi

Published Oct 12, 2004

Homeostasis and Zen

When we allow ourselves to move far away from the center, we experience the pain and bitterness that the Buddha described in his First Noble Truth. The cause of that... Read more

The Fire of Desire: The Buddha's Second Noble Truth

by Yin De, OHY

Published May 07, 2003

The Fire of Desire: The Buddha's Second Noble Truth

Today, I'd like to talk about the Second Noble Truth of Buddhism - desire and craving, the cause of suffering. It's human nature to want more of what we like... Read more

A Dharma Chat: Right Speech

by Fa Gong, OHY

Published Jul 01, 2008

A Dharma Chat: Right Speech

Right Speech is not just about morality, or even limited to wisdom teachings. It is also about Right Mindfulness and contemplative discipline, about identifying, labeling, and being mindful of thoughts... Read more

Experience Chan!

by Chuan Zhi

Published Jul 09, 2007

Experience Chan!

Deep inside each of us lurks a presence that is our full human potential, but it remains hidden from us - an aspect of the unconscious. It hides because of... Read more

Holier Than Thou

by Fa Gong, OHY

Published Jul 01, 2008

Holier Than Thou

How is it that the "spiritual" person, for whom we might assume humility to be an essential characteristic, so often presents as aloof and arrogant? It is bad enough that... Read more

Remembering Jonestown: a Homage to the Dead, a Prayer for the Living

by Chuan Zhi

Published Nov 25, 2008

Remembering Jonestown: a Homage to the Dead, a Prayer for the Living

What is it about us humans that we seek, with such ferocity, to belong to a group, to the extent that some of us will believe whatever we are told... Read more

Dangerous Zeal

by Chuan Zhi

Published Dec 08, 1998

Dangerous Zeal

In meditation we enter the realm of selflessness (or egolessness). When we meditate there is no urge or desire for meditation, there is only beautiful meditation. Problems occur only when... Read more

Passing Through the Gateless Barrier

by Fa Lohng

Published May 11, 2009

Passing Through the Gateless Barrier

The Great Way is gateless, approached by a thousand paths. Pass trough this barrier, you walk freely in the universe. One of the principal Zen texts from thirteenth... Read more

Who Drags This Corpse? The Vajra-Sword of Hsu Yun

by Fa Gong, OHY

Published Aug 03, 2007

For the beginner new to Chan's tactics, attacking a hua tou may seem too abstruse, too hard, and too alien to know how to approach it. As easy as it... Read more

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series I

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Jun 16, 2009

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series I

Meeting Tang Yousheng Twenty-one years old and from my village, yet!So bright and filled with fresh ideas.No wonder you gained such a high post in Tenchong.I seemed ancient when I came... Read more

The Maxims of Master Han Shan

by Master Han Shan

Published Jun 29, 2009

The Maxims of Master Han Shan

(from Journey to Dreamland) 1. When we preach the Dharma to those who see only the ego’s illusory world, we preach in vain. We might as well preach to the dead. How... Read more

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FAQ for PG

by Chuan Zhi

Published Dec 01, 2013

FAQ  for  PG

Preface: We have never offered an official Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on this website, as the number and variety of questions we receive are too numerous and broad. Everyone has a different set of questions. The many writings available on this website will, however, answer the vast majority of... Read more

Sidetracked by Institutionalized Zen

by Chuan Zhi

Published Feb 10, 2013

Sidetracked by Institutionalized Zen

I was approached recently by a man in his middle years who had spent much time sitting with various Zen groups around the country.   He had left one after another after being disillusioned with each.  In one, the head teacher was having an open affair with a student, to... Read more

The Hua-Tou Practice

by Chuan Zhi

Published Oct 04, 2011

The Hua-Tou Practice

Zen’s hua-tou practice recently seems to be enjoying a renaissance among the small contingent of Zen Buddhists speckling the globe.  In part, this may be due to the growing awareness that this was Hsu Yun’s personal favorite Zen practice that he spent much of his life advocating.  One of the... Read more

Cracking the Fortress of Delusion

by Chuan Zhi

Published May 10, 2011

Cracking the Fortress of Delusion

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one." - Charles MacKay (Author of- Extraordinary Popular Delusions &The Madness of Crowds) Once upon a time a young turtle happened upon an old... Read more

First Practice: The Healing Breath

by Chuan Zhi

Published Feb 02, 1998

First Practice: The Healing Breath

Everyone who enters Zen's Gateless Gate, has a story to tell. Mine begins one summer evening when I received a call from a friend who had recently moved to another state. "I found a Buddhist Priest who teaches Zen." He told me. "Last night she gave me a pranayama exercise... Read more

King of the Road: On Loneliness and Solitude

by Chuan Zhi

Published Feb 15, 2001

King of the Road: On Loneliness and Solitude

When we stop to analyze our daily lives, we discover how many of our activities are constructed to assuage a fear of being alone. We wait in lines at restaurants and take several hours to eat a meal that we could quickly have prepared at home. We go out to... Read more

Chan and the Eightfold Path

by Chuan Zhi

Published Nov 20, 2004

Chan and the Eightfold Path

In order to prepare ourselves for meditation, we must first begin to put our lives in order and act in accordance with what is right and good, both for us and for others. It is no simple task, for it requires that we act caringly instead of selfishly. It's not... Read more

Reinventing Ourselves

by Chuan Zhi

Published Apr 01, 2006

Reinventing Ourselves

How do we overcome fear and the terrible influence it has over us? We must have great courage - we must be prepared to make mistakes, to show failure, and to show our human vulnerabilities. We must be willing to be outcast by our social groups, friends and family. We... Read more

Experience Chan!

by Chuan Zhi

Published Jul 09, 2007

Experience Chan!

Deep inside each of us lurks a presence that is our full human potential, but it remains hidden from us - an aspect of the unconscious. It hides because of our fear of it. Its aspect is wisdom, understanding  . . . compassion, yet it remains hidden. The question we... Read more