April 15, 2014

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Clergy, Spiritual Heads, and Founders

In May 1998, the Ven. Master Jy Din Shakya, then Abbot of the Hsu Yun temple in Honolulu, Hawaii, organized a dedication ceremony for Hong Fa temple in Shen Zhen, South China, in which 500 monks received full ordination. He invited prominent Zen teachers from around China to give instruction throughout the long and elaborate four-week ceremony. These masters included Fo Yuen Shakya, Ben Huan Shakya and Sou Ye Shakya, shown above. It was during this ceremony that the abbacy of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun, founded by Master Jy Din the previous year, was confirmed upon Chuan Zhi Shakya by 10 Masters, a traditional requirement in Chinese Buddhism.

In the book commemorating the event, Master Jy Din wrote " . . . after the Buddha died there was much debate over what to do after his death and how to interpret his teachings and the rules of monastic practice. Eventually the teachings reached China during the Tang Dynasty and became Zen. The original teachings were debated and became different schools as people wrote down different teachings." He continued, emphasizing that, "Because Zen is the teaching of direct experience, rather than debatable interpretation of history, it is important to spread Zen as the only direct Buddhist teaching. It is fa-hui-1.5in_w_titleessential to be committed to the practice: Do not just follow the precepts because they are rules, but understand the meaning behind them and understand why they were established in the first place." It is with Master Jy Din's intent, as he established ZBOHY in the name of his master, Hsu Yun, that the order focus on the core teachings of the Buddha - teachings that rely on no 'isms, but on direct experience itself. No words, pictures, or methods will, by themselves, take a devotee into the realm of Buddha Mind - only our personal character combined with strong, sincere desire can do it - with the right conditions working together, there is no other option for us than to contemplate the nature of our lives, to seek out the nature of suffering, and of existance itself.

Since Master Jy Din's passing on March 13, 2003, the order continues under the spiritual guidance of Fa Hui (right) and Chuan Zhi (below).

Board of Directors, Order of Hsu Yun

Chuan Zhi Shakya, Abbot

Chuan Zhi Shakya, Abbot

Chuan Zhi is a priest of Hong Fa temple, South China, where he was ordained in May 1998 at a ceremony officiated by Grandmasters Ben Huan, Jy Din, Sou Ye, and Fo Yuen (see above). At this ceremony he was made Abbot of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun... Read more

Fa Lian Shakya, Co-Abbot

Fa Lian Shakya, Co-Abbot

Fa Lian was ordained in 2003 and is a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Order of Hsu Yun. Rev. Fa Lian offers Zen counseling and instruction and provides administrative and clerical support for the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.  She also translates for our Greek and French websites, and... Read more

Fa Dao Shakya

Fa Dao Shakya

Rev. Fa Dao was ordained in 2004 and became the Director of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun in August, 2004.  In 2011 he became a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Order of Hsu Yun.  A longtime "Lone Wolf" student of Rinzai Zen, he began his Zen studies in... Read more

Fa Dong Shakya

Fa Dong Shakya

Fa Dong serves on our Sangha Consul and board of directors and is a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Order of Hsu Yun.  He was ordained in the Order of Hsu Yun at Fa Yuan Si in Beijing in March 2010. He has been a student of Chan and other... Read more

Yin De Shakya

Yin De Shakya

Yin De is a disciple of Master Fa Hui of Hsu Yun Temple and lives in Southern California where he teachings Zen Meditation and is a frequent guest speaker at Buddhist temples and many other venues. In May, 2011, he became a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Order of Hsu... Read more

Fa Lohng Shakya

Fa Lohng Shakya

Rev. Fa Lohng (Koro Kaisan) was originally ordained in 1974 and has studied under the guidance of Zen teachers in the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese traditions. He is a co-founder of the Order of the Boundless Way, President of the Northwest Dharma Association and a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Order... Read more

Fa Chan Shakya

Fa Chan Shakya

Rev. Fa Chan was ordianed into the Order of Hsu Yun in 2008 and became a Senior Dharma Teacher in May, 2011. He lives in Belgium where he has led a sangha for over seven years. He hosts regular weekly meditation sessions (live on the web) and offers meditation courses... Read more

Fa Gong Shakya

Fa Gong Shakya

Rev. Fa Gong provides individualized and group instruction in Chan meditation in Boronia, Australia, and contributes numerous Dharma essays to this website. Read more

Yin Ming Shakya

Yin Ming Shakya

Rev. Yin Ming was ordained at Fan Yun temple in San Francisco in August 2000 and became a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Order of Hsu Yun in May, 2011. She provides private instruction and pastoral care in the Tri-County region of Big Bend Texas and offers meditation sessions according... Read more

Fa Di Shakya

Fa Di Shakya

Rev. Fa Di Shakya joined the clergy in Feb. 2009.  She leads a sangha in Buenos Aires, Argentina and works with people interested in learning Chan through private sessions and through the Internet. Read more

Fa Xing Shakya

Fa Xing Shakya

Fa Xing (Hadashi) is a co-founder of the Order of the Boundless Way and the resident teacher at Mountain Way Zendo.  Ordained into the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun in June 2008, he became a Senior Dharma Teacher in 2012. Fa Xing is also active in Prison Dharma work,... Read more

Clerical members of the Order, listed alphabetically

Chuan Guang Shakya

Chuan Guang Shakya

The Venerable Rev. Chuan Guang provides translations for our French website. He has been active in Buddhism for over 40 years and has shared his vast knowledge of the Dharma with French-speakers around the world. Read more

Chuan Heng Shakya

Chuan Heng Shakya

 Chuan Heng Shakya was ordained at Hsu Yun temple in 1997 has has written numerous articles for the ZBOHY website. Read more

Chuan Kong Shakya

Chuan Kong Shakya

Rev. Chuan Kong was ordained at Hsu Yun temple on November 13, 1999. He offers private Dharma instruction in his hometown of Leigh-on-Sea, 40 miles east of London on the River Thames, in the county of Essex, England.  Read more

Chuan Shou Shakya

Chuan Shou Shakya

Rev. Chuan Shou was ordained by Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya at Hsu Yun temple on November 13, 1999.  Read more

Chuan Yin Shakya

Chuan Yin Shakya

Rev. Chuan Yin is a disciple of Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya and was ordained at Hsu Yun temple Nov. 13, 1999. He resides in Canada where he teaches Qi Gong, Zen, martial arts, and provides health- and grieving-related services.       Read more

Chuan Yi Shakya

Chuan Yi Shakya

Rev. Chuan Yi was ordained at Hsu Yun temple on August, 1998, by Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya. He has led Zen groups in Oregon and Idaho. Rev. Chuan Yi was among the first native born Americans to have recieved precepts and subsequent Ordination from Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya. Read more

Chuan Zhao Shakya

Chuan Zhao Shakya

Rev. Chuan Zhao Shakya is a disciple of Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya and was ordained by him in 1997 at Hsu Yun temple.  Read more

Fa Che Shakya

Fa Che Shakya

Rev. Fa Che provides individualized meditation instruction in the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area and writes essays on Zen topics that can be found on this website. Read more

Fa Chun Shakya

Fa Chun Shakya

Rev. Fa Chun began her spiritual journey in 1987 in a Tibetan monastery of the Kagyu lineage in Woodstock, New York.  In 1992 she moved west to the Sonoran Desert and continued studies in the Tibetan tradition and later in the Korean Zen tradition before finding a spiritual home in... Read more

Fa Cong Shakya

Fa Cong Shakya

Rev. Fa Cong, also known as Luis Eduardo Diaz, was ordained in 2009 and lives in Guatire Venezuela, near Caracas in Miranda State. A professor of Physics for more than three decades, he also serves to assist and inspire others on Chan's spiritual journey in his community. Read more

Fa Guang Shakya

Fa Guang Shakya

Rev. Fa Guang writes for this website and is a working artist in photography, calligraphy, and assemblage/collage in Phoenix, Arizona. He has published two books, Openings: Pictures in Passing, and Two Dozen Donuts: Thoughts on Zen Circles. www.peacasso.com   Read more

Fa Han Shakya

Fa Han Shakya

Rev. Fa Han provides individualized and group meditation instruction in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Read more

Fa Jian Shakya

Fa Jian Shakya

Rev. Fa Jian offers counseling and quidance in Zen to local residents and prison inmates. He heads research and development projects aimed at helping the poor attain affordable housing and safe drinking water. Read more

Fa Jian Shakya

Fa Jian Shakya

Rev. Fa Jiàn was born and raised in Europe before moving to the United States where he is now head of the Lotus Zen Temple in Lincoln, Nebraska. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Montessori pedagogy and specializes in the fields of education, Eastern spirituality, and classical languages. Read more

Fa Jie Shakya

Fa Jie Shakya

Fa Jie was ordained October 10, 2006.  He teaches Chan Buddhism to interested people in his community of Huntsville, Alabama. Read more

Fa Jing Shakya

Fa Jing Shakya

Rev. Fa Jing lives in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he works with people in his community interested in practicing and studying Chan. Read more

Fa Liang Shakya

Fa Liang Shakya

Rev. Fa Liang heads the Cherry Tree Sangha where she hosts weekly Zen sessions for individuals and families inthe Great Smoky Mountains. Read more

Fa Sheng Shakya

Fa Sheng Shakya

Fa Sheng lives in Bagnolet, France, where he practices and teaches Chan. He is trained in multiple schools of Zen and martial arts, and is especially fond of sharing the melodies of the Shakuhachi flute. Read more

Fa Tian Shakya

Fa Tian Shakya

Fa Tian (Kei Sei), is a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Order of Hsu Yun.  Originally from Belgium, he now lives in Quebec, Canada.  Ordained in 1988 by Master Fausto Taiten Guareschi, he is founder of «Le chant de la vallée», a hermitage where he provides weekly meditation services, gives... Read more

Fa Tian/Yin Xiu Shakya

Fa Tian/Yin Xiu Shakya

Rev. Fa Tian/Yin Xiu was ordained at Hsu Yun temple in 2001 and performs Dharma work in his local community in New Jersey. Read more

Fa Xin Shakya

Fa Xin Shakya

Fa Xin has been a Zen practitioner and ordained monk for more than 20 years and was ordained into the Order of Hsu Yun in August, 2010. He has written commentaries on the Hsi-yun (Houang-po), Shen-hui and The Diamond Sutra.  He is actively involved with his local... Read more

Fa Yang Shakya

Fa Yang Shakya

Rev. Fa Yang Shakya is head of the Venezuelan Order of Hsu Yun, where he offers group and individualized instruction in Zen meditation and weekly Dharma talks at his Dojo, Hiramatsu Kan, San Francisco, Zulia State, Venezuela. Read more

Fa Yi Shakya

Fa Yi Shakya

Fa Yi practiced in the spiritual traditions of Theravada and Vajrayana for over two decades before arriving at Zen. He provides private instruction in his local community in southern Germany near the Swiss border as well as public instruction through the Internet. He was ordained into the Order of Hsu... Read more

Fa Zhang Shakya

Fa Zhang Shakya

Rev. Fa Zhang was ordained in 2009. Born and raised in Europe, he has lived in the United States for more than 20 years. Having recieved a PhD in Structural Reliability form the Univ. Colorado at Boulder, he now conducts private and group meditation instruction in his local community. Read more

Fa Zheng Shakya

Fa Zheng Shakya

Rev. Fa Zheng holds a degree in philosophy and was ordained in in 2009.  He is head of the White Lotus Sangha which serves people in his local community in Colombia, South America,  interested in studying and practicing Chan.   Read more

Ming Bao Shakya

Ming Bao Shakya

Rev. Ming Bao Shakya was ordained at Bailin Chan Si by Grand Master Jing Hui in July 2004. He is in charge of two chan centers in Sweden and is chairman of the local Buddhist Association. Read more

Fa Zhao Shakya

Fa Zhao Shakya

Rev. Fa Zhao was ordained into the Order of Hsu Yun in 2010. He is Director of the Central Coast Zen Centre in Erina, Australia. His clerical activities include providing meditation and chanting sessions in his community. Read more

Yin Feng Shakya

Yin Feng Shakya

Yin Feng (Marc B. Paine) is a dual clerical member of the Order of the Boundless Way and the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun. An active Zen practitioner since 1993, he currently runs the Blue Lotus Zen Sangha (www.bluezen.org) in Rogers, Arkansas. He is also a graduate student... Read more

Yin Guan Shakya

Yin Guan Shakya

Yin Guan Shakya comes to the Order of Hsu Yun through the Empty Cloud Chan group in Beijing, China. Ordained by Fa Dong Shakya in Washington State in 2013, her current practice is founded on 15 years of practice and study in the Mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Read more

Yin Jing Shakya

Yin Jing Shakya

Rev. Yin Jing Shakya (Beau Vandendolder) was ordained into the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun in 2011 and is also a member of the Order of the Boundless Way. He currently lives in Portland Oregon, working as an acupuncturist/herbalist, teaching meditation, yoga, and qigong. Read more

Yin Shi Shakya

Yin Shi Shakya

Rev. Yin Shi Shakya (Michael Pockley) is the resident teacher at Kidlington Zendo near Oxford England. Ordained in 2009, he is a student of Fa Lohng Shakya and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhism. Read more

Yin Ming Shakya

Yin Ming Shakya

Henry Binerfa Castellanos (Rev. Yin Ming Shakya), black belt 4o Dan in ShinKaiDo Ryu, is one of Rev. Yin Zhi's disciples in Cuba and is in charge of our Cuban Sangha. Read more

Yin Xiu Shakya

Yin Xiu Shakya

Yin Xiu Shakya was ordained by Master Fat Wai Shakya at Hsu Yun temple in 2001. He performs Dharma work in his local community. Read more

Yin Zhao Shakya

Yin Zhao Shakya

Yin Zhao has practiced meditation since 1995. Ordained by Rev. Fa Lohng in 2010, he is also a member of the Order of the Boundless Way. He lives in Denmark and shares the Chan path through private meetings and on the internet in Spanish, English and Danish. Read more