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  • Welcome to the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun
    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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    Navajo Prayer

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    Published Sep 04, 2014

    I walk with beauty before me I walk with beauty behind me I walk with beauty to the left of me I walk with beauty to the right of me I walk with beauty below me I walk with beauty above me I walk with beauty around me        -- Navajo Prayer Read more

    Book Review: The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Sep 02, 2014

    Book Review: The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography

    David Gordon White and Princeton University Press have produced a valuable addition to the literature of Yoga with “The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography”.  Rather than adding to the already abundant commentaries available on the subject, White provides us with a contemporary look backward on this quintessential work that... Read more

    Not This! Not This!

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Aug 14, 2014

    Not This! Not This!

    For L.C. Fundamentally, the cause of suffering is because of our attached to, our desire for, people, places, things, thoughts, and opinions.  The Buddha's solution to the problem of suffering was detachment from all these things.  But breaking bonds can be extremely difficult.  The longer an attachment or desire has existed,... Read more

    Zen Sweeping

    by Fa Jie Shakya

    Published Aug 07, 2014

    Zen Sweeping

    From The Zen Gardner   Sweep, and you raise dust. In the light of the sun’s shine, It settles on it’s own. Read more

    Perspectives on Zen

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Jul 01, 2014

    Perspectives on Zen

    Inevitably, in the course of the life of a Zen Buddhist, someone will ask us “What is Zen”?  The simple answer is, of course, it’s the mystical branch of Chinese/ Japanese/ Korean/ Vietnamese (choose one) Buddhism.  When I’ve explained it this way I usually get blank stares, and for a... Read more

    Seeing Through Zen: A Book Review

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Jun 26, 2014

    Seeing Through Zen: A Book Review

    John R. McRae offers a unique and fresh look at the historical development of Chan Buddhism in China with his book, Seeing Through Zen: Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism.  While both a Buddhist and a scholar, McRae writes with an easy, fluid, and almost childishly enthusiastic style... Read more

    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


     

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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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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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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

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