August 23, 2014

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Just Being, a poem

    by S. Elliot Sozan

    Published Jan 01, 2012

    Just Being, a poem

    The plum trees blossoms In the middle of winter. There is no robe no color. In practice there is no time, no culture, no sex. In pure existence the breath takes what the intellect can never think. There is no attachment or detachment. The pure being, thoughtless with no move, moves the world, and within,... Read more

    Reincarnation - a.k.a., New Year's Day

    by Yin De Shakya

    Published Dec 30, 2011

    Reincarnation - a.k.a., New Year's Day

    It’s a new year; a time for looking forward, and a time for looking back. Each time we celebrate “New Year’s Day” we are giving ourselves the opportunity to begin anew. It’s a chance for a fresh start. It is, for many of us, an opportunity to release feelings of guilt... Read more

    Connecting the Dots

    by Fa Lohng (Koro Kaisan)

    Published Dec 12, 2011

    Connecting the Dots

    Students who come to my weekly Dharma talks (or who meet regularly with me in private) are often confronted with my insistence that they view the world more holistically.  This is typically triggered by one or more meetings in which claims are made that a “big picture” perspective is fine... Read more

    The Urban Hermit

    by Fa Dong Shakya

    Published Dec 05, 2011

    The Urban Hermit

    As anyone versed in Chan’s history knows, the hermitic life is a common one passed through by many of China’s most famous Chan teachers.  In fact, all mystical traditions commonly find their members, at some time in their life, retreating from society.  For the mystic, living a reclusive hermitic life is... Read more

    The Urban Hermit

    by Fa Dong Shakya

    Published Dec 05, 2011

    The Urban Hermit

    As anyone versed in Chan’s history knows, the hermitic life is a common one passed through by many of China’s most famous Chan teachers.  In fact, all mystical traditions commonly find their members, at some time in their life, retreating from society.  For the mystic, living a reclusive hermitic life is... 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

    Don’t Drink the Kool-aide: How to Avoid the Projection Trap

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Sep 22, 2011

    Don’t Drink the Kool-aide:  How to Avoid the Projection Trap

    Introduction In 1912 the French philosopher Lucien Lévy-Brühl published a collection of works that gave us a new model with which to view the relationship between self and other. He offered new insights into many of the problems that are encountered by people in relationships of all kinds.  Carl Jung further... Read more

    Wild Zen

    by Fa Zhao Shakya

    Published Sep 18, 2011

    Wild Zen

    The genes that code for proteins in our human species are remarkably similar, often nearly identical, to those of many other species across the animal kingdom. It makes sense, considering that throughout our natural history human beings and other animals have shared the same environments and competed for the same... Read more

    The Hua-Tou practice: perspectives and examples of an ancient and potent Chinese Chan practice

    by Stuart Lachs

    Published Sep 15, 2011

    The Hua-Tou practice: perspectives and examples of an ancient and potent Chinese Chan practice

    Hua-tou is a Chinese term that can be translated as “critical phrase”. In Korean, hua-tou is pronounced hwadu and in Japanese as wato. I mention this in case some one has read or heard the term in a Korean or a Japanese context to know we are discussing the same... Read more

    The Lion's Roar

    by Fa Gong Shakya

    Published Aug 03, 2011

    The Lion's Roar

    I have only a poor understanding of economics, though I have always had an interest in the political and philosophical values and assumptions that underpin the various processes involved. I remember being struck, when first introduced to the basic principles of Buddhism, how utterly and diametrically opposed they were to the capitalist values and... Read more

    Prison Dharma

    by Fa Xing Shakya

    Published Jul 19, 2011

    Prison Dharma

    Introduction  by Chuan Zhi As Zen grows in popularity in the United States and other occidental countries, there are growing demands for its representatives to provide for the needs of those Zen enthusiasts incarcerated in prisons.  Only a couple of decades ago it was virtually unheard of for Zen clergy to... Read more

    Suffering: the Gateway to Transformation

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Jun 25, 2011

    Suffering:  the Gateway to Transformation

    My past essays have talked mostly about the wonders and beauties that we can behold through the practice of Zen, and how we can go about finding them for ourselves, but I have spent little time on its “flip side” – it’s “dark” side – suffering. We cannot find Zen without... Read more

    Empty Zendo

    by Fa Guang

    Published Jun 12, 2011

    Empty Zendo

    How many times have you heard, "living in the moment?" The expression is fashionable now. I hear it everywhere, and see it within or on the back of at least sixty percent of the self-help and psychology books in every book store I visit. It's a "truism" I suppose, but... Read more

    An Interview with M. K.

    by M. K.

    Published Jun 03, 2011

    1) What brought you to Zen? Suffering and its natural consequence: looking for solace.  Six years ago I had been experiencing a serious mental crisis. When it happened I was 55 years old and I already knew by that time that normal pain-killers – like food, drink, drug, sex, shopping, traveling, idling,... Read more

    The Intrinsic Nature of Meditation

    by Fa Dao Shakya

    Published Jun 01, 2011

    The Intrinsic Nature of Meditation

    Meditation is a key factor in Chan / Zen and Buddhism in general -- and yet we have no monopoly on the concept of meditation as a spiritual pursuit. Every religion has a tradition approaching meditation although most in the Western World do not focus on that aspect as... 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

    Zen Ritual

    by Fa Dong Shakya, OHY

    Published Mar 18, 2011

    Zen Ritual

    In her bestselling spiritual memoir "Eat, Pray, Love", Elizabeth Gilbert tells a delightful story of a great Hindu teacher who led his followers in daily meditation in his ashram. The only problem was that the teacher "had a . . . cat", an annoying creature, who used to walk through... Read more

    To Suppose A Post-Modern Buddhism

    by Fa Gong Shakya, OHY

    Published Mar 18, 2011

    To Suppose A Post-Modern Buddhism

    In Buddhism's adaptation to the concerns and climates of the post-modern West, much of what has been taken for granted as necessarily intrinsic to it has inevitably been questioned. Ancient Indian and exotic Oriental flavours react unpredictably on a Western palate, and for some, the taste does not appeal. An article... Read more

    Zen Without Buddhism: Getting to the Heart

    by Fa Che Shakya, OHY

    Published Mar 18, 2011

    Zen Without Buddhism: Getting to the Heart

    As a Dharma teacher in the West, in a small, rural town of 2500 people, Zen is virtually unknown. Perhaps there's a class or two at the university about 25 miles away. But outside of college elective courses, people out here break down into two categories: Catholic or Lutheran. When... Read more

    Zen Ritual

    by Fa Dong Shakya, OHY

    Published Mar 18, 2011

    Zen Ritual

    An article in our essay series: Making Connections: Discourses on the relationship between Zen, Buddhism, and culture In her bestselling spiritual memoir "Eat, Pray, Love", Elizabeth Gilbert tells a delightful story of a great Hindu teacher who led his followers in daily meditation in his ashram. The only... Read more

    Spotlight on Stuart Lachs

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Mar 15, 2011

    Spotlight on Stuart Lachs

    Without doubt the most perceptive critical voice on modern western Zen/Chan, Stuart Lachs has again given us another in-depth look at an important characteristic of contemporary Zen Buddhism: hagiography. His voice comes out of decades of immersion in Zen Buddhism, giving him an inside view that few, if any, other... 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. I told them that even though I am a Zen Buddhist and an Atheist (in the conventional sense of the... Read more

    Commentary on Rev. Chuan Zhi's "Bring on the Sun!"

    by Fa Lian of Greece

    Published Dec 23, 2010

    Commentary on Rev. Chuan Zhi's "Bring on the Sun!"

    The need to believe, as the Buddha said, is the primordial condition to walk the Path. Spiritual transition stages are very explicitly analyzed by Abbot Chuan Zhi in his essay Forward Motion: Bring on the Sun! It gives a clear outlook and conceptual understanding of the several differences and difficulties each one... Read more

    Non-cultic Buddhism

    by Fa Gong Shakya

    Published Dec 03, 2010

    Non-cultic Buddhism

    A personal perspective Buddhism is an ancient path of practice; to some a religion, to others a philosophy, and to many simply a practice of sane living. From the outside looking in, it can seem an evolutionary, and revolutionary, spiritual technology that seems to stand unique amongst religions in that it... Read more

    Zen's Travel Visas - A Sober view of Spiritual Tourism

    by Fa Zhao Shakya

    Published Dec 03, 2010

    Zen's Travel Visas - A Sober view of Spiritual Tourism

    When you are deluded and full of doubt, even a thousand books of scripture are not enough. When you have realized understanding, even one word is too much. -- Fen-Yang Those of us who arrive at Zen have often had quite a path of discovery along the way. This is certainly true... Read more

    Encountering a Zenner can be a strange experience indeed . . .

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Dec 02, 2010

    Encountering a Zenner can be a strange experience indeed . . .

    Zen people are strange. I've been told this many times, usually before I announce that I am a Zen person. My usual rhetorical thought has always been a humorous, well of course we are! My vocal response is, most often, silence. Having this come up in casual conversation today,... 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 details, but I don't remember specifically what I learned that year.  All of my elementary school years kind of blend... Read more

    Kalyana Mitra…On Spiritual Friendship

    by Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao

    Published Aug 25, 2010

    On Spiritual Friendship Kalyanamitra is the Sanskrit word for spiritual friendship. This friendship is something much more than someone to hang out with, but rather connotes a person or even a thing that becomes our guide, a teacher, and serves to inspire us along our path to awakening. There is a common... Read more

    Cappuccino Chan

    by Fa Zhao Shakya

    Published Jun 08, 2010

    As we sat across the table from each other, at our usual coffee shop overlooking the beautiful Australian east coast, I noticed the look of distraction on his face, a face I have known for over 10 years. He seemed perplexed and I could see he was looking for answers.... Read more

    Poetic Images

    by Fa Lian Shakya

    Published Apr 20, 2010

    Poetic Images

    Attachment to things means suffering. Beings are so tied up they can’t move so end up being part of those things they make. The ego always finds reasons to hang onto someone or something. Things are tough and sharp in this world and hurt the purity of one's soul endlessly... 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 be wrong. While some people think that Zen is about sitting in lotus position, contemplating the space between the end... 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 with a person of Zen. I had never thought seriously about actually DOING Zen, but I liked reading the philosophies... Read more

    Penetrating Emptiness: Ta panta rei

    by Fa Lian Shakya

    Published Feb 03, 2010

    Penetrating Emptiness: Ta panta rei

    Plato wrote that when we're able to negate both being and non-being, we discover absolute nothingness, and that within that absolute nothingness we discover the absolute present - which is itself the Ultimate Reality. No such understanding can come without a mystic's eye. Shunyata, Emptiness, Void, Oneness, Suchness, Buddha Mind, Nirvana,... Read more

    Zen Pest Control

    by Fa Zhao Shakya

    Published Jan 17, 2010

    Zen Pest Control

    I just love all creatures great and small. From Gorillas to Bengal Tigers and from Lungfish to bizarre Stick Insects, they all play a tremendous role in the various cycles of our planet. These wonderful creatures are also some of our greatest signposts in our observance of inter-connection and inter-relatedness.... 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 one form or another. Some consider themselves Agnostic and others happily call themselves Atheists. Some Unitarian Universalists are Buddhists, and... Read more

    Love Forever

    by Fa Lian Shakya

    Published Jan 04, 2010

    Love Forever

    The seeds of love glow everywhere and in all things. Love is the eternal movement that from darkness brings all beings to the light, to the Supreme, to Sublimation. Love mysteriously penetrates and expands its immensity in harmony everywhere in the universe from atoms to stars and hoist up our... Read more

    The Comedy of the Ego

    by Fa Zhao Shakya

    Published Nov 03, 2009

    The Comedy of the Ego

    Among the great questions.... Who are we? Why are we here? and What purpose do we serve? Perhaps we should also ask, Why do we suffer? and, What can we do? Why do we Suffer? Listening to late night radio back in my twenties, I heard an English Buddhist monk tell a... Read more

    Finding a Teacher, Practicing in a Group

    by Fa Zhang Shakya

    Published Sep 01, 2009

    Finding a Teacher, Practicing in a Group

    It is fortunate that many people who gain some acquaintance with Buddhism decide to engage in its practice. Yearning for enlightenment, they set about establishing a practice, and this normally leads them to read as much as possible about the topic, and, very often, to chose a teacher. Many find... Read more

    Silent Partners: Asceticism in Chan Buddhism

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Aug 27, 2009

    Silent Partners: Asceticism in Chan Buddhism

    Asceticism has come to be characterized in contemporary culture as an extreme form of religious practice; in particular, as a retreat from society, and as an even more extreme form of self-denial. We may conjure up an image of a monk sitting on a dirt floor, ribs protruding, eyes sunken,... 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 and multidisciplinary practice. Like nearly all forms of spiritual practice, asceticism covers a wide spectrum of beliefs and practices and... Read more

    Spectrum Zen

    by Fa Zhao Shakya

    Published Aug 14, 2009

    Spectrum Zen

    With so many labeled human conditions in our world these days like Autism, ADHD, Bi Polar, Cerebral Palsy etc, one would wonder if Zen is only available to the so called ‘normals' or does it encompass our ‘disabled' friends and family as well? The faults of others are easily seen, but... Read more

    The Stages of Spiritual Growth

    by M. Scott Peck, M.D.

    Published Jun 29, 2009

    The Stages of Spiritual Growth

    Just as there are discernible stages in human physical and psychological growth, so there are stages in human spiritual development. The most widely read scholar of the subject today is James Fowler of Emory University, the writer of Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning.... Read more

    The Nisargadatta Song of Beyond I Am

    by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

    Published Jun 29, 2009

    ...you are not this, there is nothing of yours in this, except the little point of 'I am' ... . 'I am this, I am that' is dream, while pure 'I am' has the stamp of reality on it. You have tasted so many things -- all came to naught.... Read more

    The Nisargadatta Song of I Am

    by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

    Published Jun 29, 2009

     My teacher told me to hold on to the sense 'I am' tenaciously and not to swerve from it even for a moment. I did my best to follow his advice and in a comparatively short time I realized within myself the truth of his teaching. All I did was... Read more

    Buddhism and Forgiveness

    by Father Joseph S. O'Leary

    Published Jun 19, 2009

    Christianity is based on the idea, or rather the event, of divine forgiveness: “As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also [must forgive]” (Col. 3:13). Why was this reality so little actualized in Northern Ireland? Even now, when a measure of rational political coexistence has been achieved, there... Read more

    Fullness of Being: How We Know

    by The Rev. Graeme Chapman

    Published Jun 19, 2009

    It can be argued, as a consequence of exploring the extensive dimensions of the knower, that our capacity for discernment will depend upon the degree to which we are in touch with various levels of human experience. It can be further contended that there are, at least, four different ways... Read more

    The Compass and the Ego

    by Fa Chao Shakya

    Published Jun 15, 2009

    The Compass and the Ego

    A compass is a navigational instrument with a magnetized pointer that aligns itself with the earth's magnetic field, always pointing north. We have used the compass for millennia to find our way. It's been used by seafarers, explorers, and travellers alike to help get from one place to another. When... Read more

    All for One

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Jun 04, 2009

    All for One

    I. There are people whose hearts are dead. They puzzle at the world, wondering why things are as they are. They don't understand. They fail to see that the world is made of heart because only heart can see heart. The mind, alone, is senseless to the sensibilities of the heart.... Read more

    On Death and Dying - A (very personal) Zen perspective

    by Fa Zhang Shakya

    Published May 21, 2009

    On Death and Dying - A (very personal) Zen perspective

    D eath is the Great Teacher, the Great Equalizer. Death claims the rich as well as the poor, it fells the powerful just as swiftly as the powerless. Death teaches us how precious life is, and brings into painful focus the precariousness of our sense of self. Death is also the... 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 century China is a collection of koans entitled Wu-wen kuan (Mumonkan). This translates into English as The Gateless Gate,... Read more

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (5)

    by Fa Lian Shakya

    Published May 05, 2009

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (5)

    The Teachings of Hsu Yun (5) Read more

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (4)

    by Fa Lian Shakya

    Published Apr 28, 2009

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (4)

    The concepts of Master Hsu Yun, with illustrations by Rev. Fa Lian Shakya The Teachings of Hsu Yun (4)   Read more

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (3)

    by Fa Lian Shakya

    Published Mar 04, 2009

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (3)

    The words of Master Hsu Yun, with illustrations by Rev. Fa Lian Shakya Hsu Yun's Teachings (3): The Hua Tou Read more

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (2)

    by Fa Lian Shakya

    Published Feb 03, 2009

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (2)

    The words of Master Hsu Yun, with illustrations by Rev. Fa Lian Shakya Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (2)   Read more

    Buddhism and Psychotherapy: A Perspective

    by Fa Gong

    Published Jan 22, 2009

    Buddhism and Psychotherapy: A Perspective

    What we typically label as simply "mind" is, in Pali, substantially more precise. Our broad concept might of mind could be translated in Pali as vijnana, or consciousness. Nowhere does it suggest in Buddhist teaching that we can or should "still our consciousness," but the idea Westerners typically struggle with... Read more

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (1)

    by Fa Lian Shakya

    Published Jan 04, 2009

    Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (1)

    The words of Master Hsu Yun, with illustrations by Rev. Fa Lian Shakya Hsu Yun's Chan Teachings (1) 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 to believe for the sake of the group? We put our own identity aside in favor of the group's identity.... Read more

    Forward Motion: Bring on the Sun!

    by Chuan Zhi with special thanks to Drew Dixon

    Published Nov 18, 2008

    Forward Motion: Bring on the Sun!

    How do we keep our spiritual life alive? How do we keep moving forward? Embrace life in all its beauty and ugliness: treat all things with equanimity, seeing what is real and not what is superimposed by our beliefs and opinions. Seek the unknown: approach fears with fierce resolve to... Read more

    The Problem With Precepts

    by Fa Gong, OHY

    Published Nov 01, 2008

    The Problem With Precepts

    A fundamental recognition of a maturing life is that rarely is it what we do that defines us, but rather why we do it. The history of jurisprudence reflects the same increasing sophistication; the accused should be judged on the intent of an action, rather than on outcome. Certainly, the... Read more

    "Labors of Peace"

    by Fa Liang, OHY

    Published Aug 30, 2008

    "Labors of Peace"

    This week, right in my own "backyard," a terrible thing happened. A man, fueled by hate, walked into a Unitarian Universalist (UU) church during a children's play and began shooting. Two people are dead and four more are physically injured. Many more are left to bear emotional scars. The alleged... Read more

    The Wu! Gate

    by Fa Liang, OHY

    Published Jul 15, 2008

    The Wu! Gate

    We can, each of us, experience Wu! -- that emptiness, that relief -- every time we give up our attachment. When we have a job to do, we simply do it - without grumbling, without daydreaming about all the other things we could be doing instead, without any sort of... 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 -- all of the ego's chit-chat. We can, in fact use Right Speech as the bedrock and cornerstone of our... Read more

    A Dharma Chat: "The Opiate Of The Masses"

    by Fa Gong, OHY

    Published Jul 01, 2008

    It has wisely been said "no-one attains enlightenment." This is precisely true. There is no ego that attains nirvana. When nirvana IS attained, there is no personal ego to experience it. This is the crux of the matter. The promises of new spiritual technologies to deliver enlightenment seek to seduce... 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 the "holier than thou" attitude which often flaws the religious character is common to monastics, priests, gurus, teachers and devotees... Read more

    The Ambitious Violet

    by Khalil Gibran

    Published Jun 19, 2008

    The Ambitious Violet

    A Lebanese-American essayist, novelist, poet, and artist, Khalil Gibran has become, post-humorously, one of the greatest Lebanese-American mystics of modern times. Born in 1883 in the mountains of Lebanon, he immigrated to the United States in 1895 where he became involved in the fine arts and in literature. He has... Read more

    The Story of the Wave

    by Fa Liang, OHY

    Published Jun 15, 2008

    The Story of the Wave

    Once upon a time, there was a little wave. The wave loved being a wave going up and down and playing all day and night. The wave was surrounded by lots of other waves and it had fun watching them, too. Then one day, the little wave noticed... Read more

    The Buddhism of Zen

    by Chuan Zhi and Fa Gong

    Published Jun 10, 2008

    The Buddhism of Zen

    As westerners brought up in different religious traditions and cultures, we won't ever have the same Buddhism as the Chinese, the Japanese, the Koreans, or the Vietnamese. Nor should we. Our psyches are shaped by western cultures, not eastern ones. A religion will invariably speak uniquely to each culture that... Read more

    A Dangerous Game

    by Fa Guang, OHY

    Published May 01, 2008

    A Dangerous Game

    A Warning for Forum Aficionados! The Internet has a peculiar way of grabbing us and taking us off course, often without us even being aware it's happening. Recently as I was searching the Internet for a particular book I came across a list of forum posts relating to... Read more

    Tibet and the Beijing Olympics

    by Fa Gong, OHY

    Published Apr 11, 2008

    Tibet and the Beijing Olympics

    As "online Buddhists" we do well to understand that this very medium creates new opportunities for the ego to express itself, and it quickly finds new ways to dominate. When I first learned to drive I used to be amazed at how much more aggressive and anti-social people seemed to... Read more

    Musings on the Corpse & the Skandhas

    by Fa Gong, OHY

    Published Apr 10, 2008

    Musings on the Corpse & the Skandhas

    One of the challenges of Chan is that many students are often fatally handicapped by needing to have at least some degree of intellectual satisfaction before they will consider letting the intellect drop. Perhaps this is one of the occasions that Buddha referred to as requiring "skilful means" in teaching.... 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, but that's not the point. The mystic will say that the perception of awareness is of a universal nature, not... Read more

    Buddhism and Forgiveness

    by Father Joseph S. O'Leary

    Published Jan 28, 2008

    Christianity is based on the idea, or rather the event, of divine forgiveness: "As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also [must forgive]" (Col. 3:13). Why was this reality so little actualized in Northern Ireland? Even now, when a measure of rational political coexistence has been achieved, there is... Read more

    Bodhi day: the day of enlightenment

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published Dec 07, 2007

    It was the 8th day of the 12th lunar month, the story goes, that Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Shakyamuni, awoke from a week of meditation to view of the morning star - Venus - and exclaimed, "That's it! That's it! That's me! That's me that's shining so brilliantly!" In... Read more

    Road Construction Ahead!

    by Fa Liang, OHY

    Published Nov 07, 2007

    Road Construction Ahead!

    Forgiveness is a three-dimensional road with its foundation built solidly in the bedrock of our spiritual nature. I wrote previously about forgiving ourselves - recognizing and accepting our own mistakes instead of hiding in their shadows, defending our mistakes as if they weren't mistakes at all. Honesty, integrity, humility and... Read more

    Forgiveness

    by Fa Liang, OHY

    Published Oct 01, 2007

    Forgiveness

    We are all human. If we are honest with ourselves we'll recognize that we all say and do things that cause pain to others as well as to ourselves. It's the feelings within that reflexively lead us to act and speak in hurtful ways. The fear, negativity, and blame... 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 might be to sit and count our breaths, be mindful of our thoughts, or concentrate on a mantra for a... Read more

    Synchronicity and the Nature of Reality

    by Paul Cochrane

    Published Jul 17, 2007

    Synchronicity and the Nature of Reality

    The concept of miraculous coincidences is not at all new. The phenomenon has been recognized by many cultures, and in the distant past, was attributed to the acts of the Gods. In Greek mythology, the God Hermes, was represented as a playful "trickster" who was manifested in unexpected and humorous... 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

    Measuring Reality

    by Fa Gong, OHY

    Published Apr 23, 2007

    Measuring Reality

    Consider our first multi-day meditation retreat. After a couple of days of discomfort, both physical and psychological, the rebellious ego begins to question the authority of the "strange Oriental monk" with his odd and inscrutable methods. We begin to search our mental archives and apply some unique application of a... Read more

    Part VI - Conclusion

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Mar 30, 2007

    Part VI -  Conclusion

    Buddhism is a complex religion, without a single voice, with many faces, and many representatives holding many different views. It's tremendously easy for a newcomer to get lost in the quagmire of beliefs, ambiguous language, customs, teachings, superstitions and myths that have produced a Matta-like painting of this unusual and... Read more

    Part V - The Context of Zen

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Mar 12, 2007

    Part V - The Context of Zen

    The context in which we view a thing has a great influence on our perception of it. It is a great influence on our perception of Zen.When we first learn about something it's with our senses and we know all too well that they can mislead, tricking us to believe... 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 in this shifting we can see, if we look closely, the arising and the "evaporation" of attachment. And in this... Read more

    Part IV - The Gong An (Koan) and Hua Tou

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Feb 15, 2007

    Part IV -  The Gong An (Koan) and Hua Tou

    Many people equate Zen training with gong-an (koan) study due to the fairly frequent use of this teaching technique in Zen monasteries. Koans are one of many different techniques that teachers have used over the centuries to help students break through the rigid mental framework that obscures the higher domain... Read more

    Do you believe in reincarnation?

    by Fa Jian, OHY

    Published Jan 21, 2007

    The mystery of what, if anything, happens to us after we die continues to be a subject of debate among people of all religions as well as philosophers and religious scholars. With so much interest in the subject, it's no wonder that we have so many theories about what happens... Read more

    Part III - Dharma Transmission and Lineage

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Dec 12, 2006

    Part III - Dharma Transmission and Lineage

    While most of the world's great religions rely on the sanctity of words to convey the Truth of their religious doctrines, moral codes, etc., Zen Buddhism makes no such claim as it has no such written document or collection of documents. Instead, Zen Buddhism relies on the concept of Dharma... Read more

    In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published Dec 05, 2006

    In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts

    Like the Buddha's Disciple Moggallana in search of his mother, I have entered the Preta Realm with a mission. oggallana entered this realm in an effort to save his mother. She had been reborn in this hell-realm as the result of greed. A spirit ever-hungry as the result of the... Read more

    Zen's Spiritual Guide

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published Nov 29, 2006

    What does it mean to be a spiritual guide? A Zen Roshi or Sifu? It means we strive to balance heart and mind;to live our Spirit. It means we have lived and learned and are still living and learning.That we are one in an ancient succession of teachers, offering to... Read more

    Part II - The Zen Master

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Nov 29, 2006

    Part II - The Zen Master

    A master serves several functions in a sangha: as a teacher and resource for practicing students, as a guide or "coach", as a leader or co-leader of ceremonies, as a disciplinarian, and often as an administrator. In addition, a master is usually responsible for the financial health of the temple,... Read more

    Western Zen: Transition And Turmoil -- Part 1

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Nov 15, 2006

    Western Zen: Transition And Turmoil -- Part 1

    Whenever a religion enters a new region dominated by an ethnic culture differing from that of its originating source, a certain amalgamation of ideologies, ethicalities, as well as prevailing myths and superstitions of the newly introduced religion and the antecedent religions takes place. Buddhism is an especially interesting case, as... Read more

    Do no Harm: The Sexuality of Spirituality

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Oct 11, 2006

    Do no Harm: The Sexuality of Spirituality

    Anyone who cares to investigate advanced spiritual practices of the Buddhist traditions (and many others), or has delved into them directly, quickly comes to realize that the exalted spiritual states referred to, most often obliquely, actually entail considerable sexual experience. The difference being that this experience is an internal experience... Read more

    The "Dreaded" Third Precept The challenge of sexual conduct, a student's perspective

    by Fa Gong, OHY

    Published Apr 06, 2006

    What is a "precept"? We Buddhists are all very aware of the five precepts (ore more or less depending on what school we associate with) we have taken when we chose to become Buddhists. But it seems there is remarkably little shared appreciation of what the precepts actually involve. Are... 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

    Who Am I? Reflections on Chan's Path

    by Fa Gong, OHY

    Published Mar 20, 2006

    Religion's ubiquitous "ism's" often leave me wondering about their relation to spiritual growth. I'm reminded of a famous Chan hua-toa, "If you don't really exist, why am I trying to save you?". Why, for example, if Buddhism and Taoism are merely ways of living in harmony with nature, and nature... Read more

    Hope and Faith

    by Yin De, OHY

    Published Nov 02, 2005

    Hope and Faith

    A friend asked me to elaborate on how, as Buddhists, we should deal with concepts, words, and emotions that seem to go against what we're taught but still seem to be as "real" as they were before we came to Buddhism. He asked, specifically, about the concepts of hope and... Read more

    Undeniable Self, Deniable self

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Oct 04, 2005

    Undeniable Self, Deniable self

    What is the nature of Self? In Chan, the answer is a spiritual one, dependent on self-reflection, and one that cannot come fully until we achieve a degree of spiritual awareness. In the secular domain, we can investigate Self in terms of what it is not - it is not... Read more

    The Monk, The Man and the Fish

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published May 03, 2005

    A solitary monk was carrying a large fish to his home to prepare it for his meal. As he walked along the path, a man approached from the other direction. As he reached hailing distance, the man called out “Hey monk! I see you coming! What is that you're carrying?”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 like a loose garment." Not concentrating or striving or actively "Being Buddhist," she said. Sitting fairly often, but otherwise not... Read more

    Our Marvelous Error

    by Joan Sutherland, Roshi

    Published Feb 21, 2005

    Our Marvelous Error

    From a three-part series of Dharma talks. Permission to reprint these articles granted by Joan Sutherland, Feb. 2005. Forward by Rev. Chuan Zhi Shakya We are delighted to offer Joan Sutherland's talks given in 2002 and 2003 on "House Style" Zen. Ms. Sutherland, Roshi, is a contemporary leader in Zen,... Read more

    Chan's Trailhead: The Triple Refuge and the Precepts

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Jan 25, 2005

    Chan's Trailhead: The Triple Refuge and the Precepts

    How do we begin with Zen? We don't start climbing Mt. Everest from the third base station. We start at the very bottom, climb a bit, set up camp, wait for a few days to let ourselves adjust to the altitude, then move on up again, slowly, step by step.... Read more

    Making It Real: On Creating a Real Chan Practice From a Virtual Temple

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Jan 10, 2005

    Making It Real: On Creating a Real Chan Practice From a Virtual Temple

    Chan is often discussed, considered, and pondered, but when it comes to figuring out how to live the life of a Chan Buddhist many people come to the conclusion that attending services, entering a monastery -- going somewhere -- is the only efficacious solution. Whenever a request for liturgy pops into... 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 of the labors of men and women. A simple noodle is fit for a king when we appreciate its texture... Read more

    The Joy of Awakening

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Nov 30, 2004

    The Joy of Awakening

    Buddhism is about the discovery of our own potential: it's about beauty, and about love. Buddhism embraces mankind's quest for knowledge in all its many manifestations: spiritual knowledge, scientific knowledge, knowledge of art and music, but most of all, knowledge of Self: knowledge of who we are as opposed 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

    Non-Discrimination and the Chan Mind

    by Chuan Kong, OHY

    Published Nov 17, 2004

    Discriminating is a fundamental aspect of being human. Everything we do is a choice based on discrimination between one thing or another, or between one thing and a thousand others. The collection of choices we each make is unique to each of us. Sometimes our choices are based on our... 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 what it means to "do right" since we often fall into the trap of "doing wrong." We must identify and... Read more

    The Buddhism of Zen (in 10 minutes or less)

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published Oct 26, 2004

    The Buddhism of Zen (in 10 minutes or less)

    Dependent upon whom one asks, Zen is either a school of Buddhism or a school of thought and ethical philosophy adjunct to Buddhism. While zen often teaches the folly of differentiation, hard definition and non-malleable mental categorization, it also teaches that all things should be understood by their very nature.... 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 distress, he said, is attachment. A Zen practitioner can feel anger, sorrow, or physical pain just as he can experience... Read more

    How "Zen" is That?

    by Yin De, OHY

    Published Sep 16, 2004

    A friend of mine has a habit of asking me; "How Zen is that?" whenever I seem to react with any degree of emotion, particularly when I am angry about something. A year or so ago, when one of my neighbors learned that my shaved head wasn't a fashion-statement and... Read more

    Using the Sutras

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published Sep 02, 2004

    Using the Sutras

    We study the Sutras as a guide as we embark on our own spiritual adventures. They provide us strength in times of difficulties, give us solace in times of despair, and motivate us in times of apathy. Eventually, as we travel on our own unique journey, we learn to navigate... Read more

    The Lottery Ticket

    by Yao Feng, OHY

    Published Sep 01, 2004

    The Lottery Ticket

    Once a week, usually on Tuesday, I drive down to Loutraki to buy supplies. It is the nearest small city in the area, about 16 kilometers from where I live. It's not a big town, but it's pretty there by the sea. It has curative waters, casino, shops and a... Read more

    First Autumn Rain

    by Yao Feng, OHY

    Published Aug 29, 2004

    First Autumn Rain

    "Mitsos," my car, has that rare gift of making familiar things seem new. No matter how many times he's taken the same road home, he negotiates the dirt and gravel with a kind of joy. Like a horse headed back to his barn, he doesn't need anyone to steer him.... Read more

    A True Story

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published Aug 22, 2004

    A True Story

    Once upon a time there was a lone wolf. All of his life he had been free, independent and secure in the knowledge that he was a wolf (and a fine one at that) despite the opinion of certain other wolves. One day, in about his 30th year of "wolfness" and... Read more

    Family Members - By Birth and By Choice

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Aug 18, 2004

    Family Members - By Birth and By Choice

    A true Buddhist isn't necessarily a person who attends Buddhist services and who observes Buddhist traditions... no more than these public acts define a true Christian or Muslim. Living out the life of the spirit, freeing ourselves from anger, lust, and ignorance are the private goals we need to set... 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 through spiritual labor can we succeed at reconciling and integrating the noumenal with the phenomenal, the mathematical formula with that... Read more

    The Seven Sermons To The Dead, Written By Basilides in Alexandria, the City where the East Toucheth the West

    by Carl Gustav Jung

    Published Jun 07, 2004

    The Seven Sermons To The Dead, Written By Basilides in Alexandria, the City where the East Toucheth the West

      Forward by Chuan Zhi Shakya Carl Jung was, and continues to be, a tremendous influence on matters of spiritual consciousness in the western hemisphere. He was deeply interested in the psychological and spiritual underpinnings of Zen Buddhism and other eastern religions and for many years collaborated with Zen scholars... Read more

    True Atonement

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Dec 08, 2003

    True Atonement

    When we achieve true restorative balance within ourselves we are happy and content, and can live without regret, remorse or guilt. We are at peace. The enlightened approach is to always be vigilant, to guard against committing sins - those violations of our Buddhist Precepts. But when we slip and... Read more

    Chan Quan and Meditation

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Jun 26, 2003

    "Sifu, I hear you teach meditation in your classes. What's so special about practicing meditation? Meditation is important no matter what we are getting ready to do, what we may be in the midst of doing, or what we may have just finished doing. It's the same attitude that we maintain... 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 and to have better than what we have - not only for ourselves, but for our children and the people... Read more

    Jack Dudney - Dharma Drummer

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published Mar 13, 2003

    Jack Dudney wasn't a zen teacher. Well- he was, but I don't think he knew it.Jack Dudney was my drum teacher when I was a kid. A professional musician, Jack played Big Band with Ed Gerlach's Orchestra in Houston and he taught music lessons on the side. I took lessons... Read more

    Chan Quan - Part 4

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Jan 23, 2003

    The fourth and last part of the program is the mental and spiritual training. The practitioner learns how to properly focus his mind and to bring his thoughts and emotions under control. He learns how to cultivate and visualize his spiritual energy called Chi (Qi, Ki). Chi is the vital... Read more

    Sharing The Journey: The Wasted Moment

    by Fa Dao, OHY

    Published Jan 08, 2003

    Sitting and not thinking -- quietly watching the snow on the lawn, doing nothing including nothing itself. A wee curl of smoke from the incense stick twists and twirls and takes shape - a face almost human. Oh no!!! Not him!!!! It's the Prince of Pragmatism! The... Read more

    Merry Whatever

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Dec 16, 2002

    Christmas is a strange season for the American Buddhist. No matter how long you've been on the Path, Christmas still feels like Christmas. And everybody actslike it's Christmas. And some part of you wants it to be Christmas-precepts or no precepts. Jesus was, by anyone's reckoning, a great Bodhisattva. And... Read more

    Why I Am Not a Zen Master

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Nov 30, 2002

    Recently my congregation assembled to ask me how an ordinary Zen guy gets to be a Zen Master. "So, Rev," she said, "What's up with the whole 'Zen Master' deal, anyway" Patiently ignoring the single quotes in her voice, I explained that only a Zen Master knows how to become... Read more

    Chan Quan - Part 3

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Nov 12, 2002

    The third part is the physical and spiritual training. This is where the practitioner learns how to humble himself before his practice and to perform his movements in a meditative manner. He also learns a sitting meditation practice. Where there is a clear, relaxed, healthy and strong body there is... Read more

    Dubious Transactions

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Nov 09, 2002

    Most people don't know it, but Zen guys love Zen knick-knacks. It's not enough to have a simple altar with a Buddha statue, some flowers, incense burner, altar cloth and a nice cushion to sit on. Eventually, we just have to have that geniune brass gong (made in Mexico) which... Read more

    Vested Interests

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Oct 23, 2002

    If you've watched the old Kung Fu series on television, you might have the impression that becoming a Zen priest requires passing some kind of test-and you'd be correct. The real test, though, is nothing so exotic as walking on rice paper, hefting a tureen full of red-hot scorpions, or... Read more

    Whatever Your Name: on religious tolerance and acts of terrorism

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Sep 16, 2002

    Whatever Your Name: on religious tolerance and acts of terrorism

    Written in response to to the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center on September 11, 2002. All world religions offer this spiritual solution to the problems that confront all humanity, this Path to salvation. Those who choose other hateful solutions have left their religion's Path. Yet, as we lament their... Read more

    Uncle's Last Trip

    by Yao Feng, OHY

    Published Jul 10, 2002

    Uncle's Last Trip

    An icy January morning, 6 a.m. It is not my habit to be awake at this hour, in this season, but I have an appointment to keep. Kilometers away from here lies the village where I will bid farewell to my mother's brother. Ninety-one years old, and he still has... Read more

    A Taste of Tendai

    by The Reverend Jion Prosser

    Published Jun 17, 2002

    Tendai Lotus Teachings: www.tendai-lotus.org Forward by Rev. Chuan Zhi Shakya, OHY We are pleased to present the following article by the Reverend Jion Prosser of Tendai Lotus Teachings, a Minneapolis based sangha of the Tendai school. It may be of interest to our sangha members that our Grandmaster Hsu Yun studied... Read more

    Chan Quan - Part 2

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Jun 13, 2002

    Martial arts are very much like this: “Water is dependent on the environment with which it flows to dictate its movements.” This saying is not limited to just the martial arts, but to life in general as well. The first part of the first stage involves physical training. This training consists... Read more

    Among Other Things

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Jun 12, 2002

    Among other things, 9/11 turned me into a news junkie. It's all my fault. From September to May, every day started with a quick look at the Associated Press web site, followed by visits to CNN, the Washington Post, the BBC, and that black sheep of journalism, the Drudge Report.... Read more

    Chan Quan, Part 1

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published May 07, 2002

    "Sifu, could you explain what Chan Quan is exactly? What are the elements that separate it from all other martial arts?" Answering these questions will take a bit more explaining than I have previously given. At the outset it's important to understand that Chan Quan - "True Chan Quan" - cannot... Read more

    A Fork in the Road

    by Chuan Kong, OHY

    Published May 06, 2002

    Isn't it strange how often we're met with the problems of choice? Time and time again we find it necessary to unify our divided mind, to make a definitive decision, a right decision - and woe betide us if we get it wrong!When a choice can result in consequences we... Read more

    We're All Buddhists

    by Yao Feng, OHY

    Published Feb 12, 2002

    We're All Buddhists

    Dark, mad clouds had met over Geraneia Mountain as if there was no other mountain to solve their disputes. Perhaps they wanted to show off for the goddess, Hera, or maybe choose her as a referee. The storm was spectacular, offering fantastic light and sound effects, abrupt and sudden just... Read more

    That Sinking Feeling

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Jan 31, 2002

    Zen teaches us swamp-dwellers to value simplicity, austerity. That must be why karma dictated that I should now live in a hut. My home was built in 1948, at the height of Washington D.C.'s post-WWII housing boom. It's tiny and white, with a little crooked chimney and a little plugged... Read more

    The Vertical Ascent

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Dec 27, 2001

    "Sifu, I know many fellow students who are extremely advanced technically, but our Sifu doesn't seem to consider them "master" material. How long does it take to become a Sifu?"IChing: Hexagram #46: Sheng or Pushing Upward (K'un over Sun) - The receptive over the gentle: Earth over wind and wood.Wood grows as... Read more

    Chan Quan and Wu Shu Styles

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Dec 24, 2001

    "Sifu could you give us a comparison between the Chan Quan and Wu Shu styles?” First I'd like to clarify that the Wu Shu (Chinese Martial Arts/sport) of Shaolin is considered by the monks of Shao Lin Ji (Shao Lin Monastery) to be Chan Quan. The Wu Shu the public learns... Read more

    Common Misconceptions

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Dec 24, 2001

    "A Black belt who has studied martial arts for six to ten years is by far a better martial artist than a person who has studied only half that time."Anyone who understands the essence of the martial arts must disagree with this statement. Many factors need to be considered. For example,... Read more

    Fist of Chan

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Nov 24, 2001

    "Sifu, what is there about the Chan Quan style that makes it unique?""When the sun comes up, I get up. When night falls and I get sleepy, I get ready for bed. ""huh?"Chan Quan is a combination of Chan Buddhism and Quan, the 'fist' of the martial arts. Most other... Read more

    Of Tigers and Men

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Oct 10, 2001

    "Sifu, what about taking a person's life? Is it ever justifiable, if so, when?"It is in our nature to do what we need to do in order to survive.Consider the situation: Someone, without provocation or perhaps merely as an over-reaction to what he regards as an insult or threat, approaches... Read more

    Turning Point

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Jul 25, 2001

    "Sifu, today at work a guy asked me how my martial arts awareness skills were. I told him that they were pretty good. So he swung at me. But I immediately knew that at his distance he would not be able to hit me. I didn't do anything but lean... 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 apparent in the works of ancient man. We cannot allow technology to dull our awe and jade our curiosity about... Read more

    The Old Fox

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Jun 03, 2001

    "Sifu, I’ve heard about a few incidents lately in which young adults were beaten to death by a gang of people. Do you think that any amount of martial arts instruction would have been sufficient to save the victims' lives?"“That is quite a question! I’d have to say that no... Read more

    Lhasa Apsos

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published May 01, 2001

    I had a Zen moment this morning. Walking to the train station, I saw a little dog get clipped by a car. There wasn't much to hit: the dog weighed less than a pigeon and looked like it hadn't seen the inside of a house or a feeding bowl in... Read more

    Zen and the Dharmakaya Cadillac

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Apr 02, 2001

    Every Buddhist biker knows that "when the student is ready, the master appears." Last week I was the student, and Sensei manifested himself in the form of a 1981 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, white, with Maryland tags and an appetite for Lesser Vehicles.The lesson began about five minutes before I was... Read more

    Limitations

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Mar 30, 2001

    "Sifu, why do all martial arts teachers tell their students that they shouldn't fight? Isn't fighting what the martial arts is all about?" I Ching : #60 Chieh: Limitation ( K'an - The abysmal, over Tui - The Joyous. Water over Lake. A lake is a body of water that has... Read more

    Youthful Folly

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Mar 01, 2001

    "Sifu, since Halloween last October, a few guys, a couple grades ahead of me in school, have been confronting me, wanting me to fight them. I'm thinking about quitting my martial arts training because of it.""Why? What happened?""For Halloween we had a dance at school, dressed up as a Ninja.... 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

    The Power of the Great

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Feb 01, 2001

    "Sifu, anyone can perform the motions of combat, but what is needed to execute techniques in accordance with Zen Principles?" I Ching: Hexagram #34: Ta Chuang, The Power of the Great (Chen over Ch’ien) – The Arousing over the Creative: Thunder over Heaven, we may be able to shed some light... Read more

    Innocence

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Jan 31, 2001

    "Sifu, I don’t like to spar with the bigger students in class. How can I ever expect to win?”I Ching: Hexagram #25: Wu Wang: Innocence (The Unexpected)We see here The Creative, Heaven over The Arousing, Thunder. Ch'ien over Chen. According to The Judgment: Innocence. Supreme success. Perseverance furthers. If someone is... Read more

    Husband and Wife

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Nov 05, 2000

    "Sifu, is it possible to learn the martial arts as a philosophy and meditation exercise and not as a fighting system?"I Ching: Hexagram #54: Chen over Tui - The arousing, thunder over the joyous, lake According to Hexagram #54, Kuei Mei / The Marrying Maiden, "The man leads and the... Read more

    Union of Mind and Body

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Nov 05, 2000

    "Sifu, why is it so important to practice meditation and breathing exercises?"I Ching: Hexagram #8: K'an over K'un - Water over Earth. According to The Judgment of Hexagram #8, Pi / Holding Together [Union]:"...possess sublimity, constancy, and perseverance; then there is no blame. Those who are uncertain gradually join. Whoever comes... Read more

    Preponderance of the Great

    by Chuan Yin, OHY

    Published Oct 26, 2000

    "Sifu, I have a problem practicing the forms I learn in class when I am at home. The forms require more space than I have available, but even when I push furniture around to practice them I make more noise than my family will tolerate. What would you suggest?"Hexagram #28... Read more

    Zen and the Boxer Rebellion

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Oct 12, 2000

    In China at the close of the 19th century, a secret society called the Fists of Righteous Harmony started a movement to expel all foreigners from their homeland. History knows these rebels as the Boxers.But never mind them. This is about underwear. Big underwear. Zen underwear.A while ago, a kind... Read more

    The Eighty-Fourth Problem

    by Yin Yao, OHY

    Published Sep 05, 2000

    The Eighty-Fourth Problem

    This essay is about problems - the kind we all share. Big ones and little ones, problems that we cause ourselves and problems that the world inflicts upon us.A man once came to see the Buddha because he heard that the Buddha knew how to solve problems. The man had... Read more

    Suffering: Zen and the Four Noble Truths

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Aug 10, 2000

    Suffering: Zen and the Four Noble Truths

    Suffering is integral to the Zen path. It is, in fact, a prerequisite. Zen is not an easy path and we must be highly motivated in order to travel it. In physics as in Zen, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. No human being wants to suffer. All... Read more

    Get Lost!

    by Chuan Kong, OHY

    Published Mar 13, 2000

    “Get lost!” You can’t seem to get through life without hearing that at least once. The command usually means that you should exit, either literally or metaphorically, and the quicker the better. It’s especially hurtful when the person who says it thinks he means well.“Get lost!” The expression conveys pain,... 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 create things. A rock is held together by the strong and weak nuclear forces. It slides down the side of... Read more

    Upon Awakening in the Morning

    by Chuan Kong, OHY

    Published Jul 08, 1999

    Have you ever wondered how it is that you always wake up in the morning as yourself and not someone else? As you awaken all the incidentals come crowding in: all the things you have to do today; all the places you have to be; what you are expected to... 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 reincarnation is seen as nothing more than an intellectual game. The person, like the raindrop, merges into the sea of... Read more

    Eating the Menu

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Mar 04, 1999

    Eating the Menu

    Zen requires that we bring mindfulness into our lives. If we are experiencing fear, we delve into the nature and content of that fear, working to understand it, tearing it apart piece by piece until there is no more fear. Our Buddhist faith needs to be invoked. If we're feeling... 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 testify to the universal urge for our mind to realize that which is greater than itself. How do we describe... 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 we stop meditating to return to the ego’s realm of desires and opinions about what is and what is not... Read more

    Snapping and Zeno's Paradox

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Oct 15, 1998

    Snapping and Zeno's Paradox

    Religion always presents us with extraordinary paradoxes. Is the person's experience going to diverge and take him into infinity's stratosphere or is it going to converge to that nice, desirable finish line? Luck has a lot to do with limits: that sane boundary. Consider a fraction. We know that the... Read more

    Cultivating Buddhi: The Dharma of Right Action

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Sep 24, 1998

    Cultivating Buddhi:  The Dharma of Right Action

    Anyone who spends time around Zen people will hear references to "practicing."  Whenever we're asked to explain what it is we're practicing, we make either vague comments about Buddhic Nature or, as if we were mystical attorneys, we say simply that we're "practicing the Law of Dharma." There is a difference... Read more

    Delving Into Dharma

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Jul 13, 1998

    Delving Into Dharma

    If there is one word with which we can summarize the beauty of Buddhist thought, that word is Dharma. We cannot read a book about Buddhism without encountering this term, yet its definition is as slippery as its appearance is ubiquitous. In which sense is Master Han Shan using it... 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

    Dreams and Visions: Part II

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Dec 10, 1997

    Dreams and Visions: Part II

    As barnacles to pilings, we often grasp at our notions of things with a fear that letting go of them could only end in annihilation. What if the ideas we take as ultimate truths are flawed, or only partially true, or even altogether false? What if the anchor of security... Read more

    Dreams and Visions: Part I

    by Chuan Zhi

    Published Oct 16, 1997

    Dreams and Visions: Part I

    Dreams and visions have a special significance in Zen Buddhism, for it's through them that we often see the fruits of our spiritual labor. While consciousness speaks in recognizable words and images, the unconscious communicates with mysterious "symbols" of creatures and objects quite unknown to us:  oceans, snakes, thunder, wind,... Read more

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    • Essays by Chuan Zhi

      ChuanZhiPortraitAug2012"The purpose of all spiritual traditions is to bring joy and beauty into our lives; to provide a refuge from our illusionary notion of mortality, and to bring freedom, individuation, and the awareness of our essential nature which is intrinsically immortal and universal.  A tall order?  Definitely.  But it's what we bring to it that makes it work."   -- Chuan Zhi

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    • Essays by Fa Che

      "Our deeds are our closest companions, the ground on which we stand.  Actions are our only true possessions." - Fa Che

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    • Essays by Fa Dao

       

      The Intrinsic Nature of Meditation

      by Fa Dao Shakya

      Published Jun 01, 2011

      The Intrinsic Nature of Meditation

      Meditation is a key factor in Chan / Zen and Buddhism in general -- and yet we have no monopoly on the concept of meditation as a spiritual pursuit. Every religion has a tradition approaching meditation although most in the Western World do not focus on that aspect as... Read more

      Bodhi day: the day of enlightenment

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published Dec 07, 2007

      It was the 8th day of the 12th lunar month, the story goes, that Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Shakyamuni, awoke from a week of meditation to view of the morning star - Venus - and exclaimed, "That's it! That's it! That's me! That's me that's shining so brilliantly!" In... Read more

      In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published Dec 05, 2006

      In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts

      Like the Buddha's Disciple Moggallana in search of his mother, I have entered the Preta Realm with a mission. oggallana entered this realm in an effort to save his mother. She had been reborn in this hell-realm as the result of greed. A spirit ever-hungry as the result of the... Read more

      Zen's Spiritual Guide

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published Nov 29, 2006

      What does it mean to be a spiritual guide? A Zen Roshi or Sifu? It means we strive to balance heart and mind;to live our Spirit. It means we have lived and learned and are still living and learning.That we are one in an ancient succession of teachers, offering to... Read more

      The Monk, The Man and the Fish

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published May 03, 2005

      A solitary monk was carrying a large fish to his home to prepare it for his meal. As he walked along the path, a man approached from the other direction. As he reached hailing distance, the man called out “Hey monk! I see you coming! What is that you're carrying?”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 like a loose garment." Not concentrating or striving or actively "Being Buddhist," she said. Sitting fairly often, but otherwise not... 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 of the labors of men and women. A simple noodle is fit for a king when we appreciate its texture... 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 what it means to "do right" since we often fall into the trap of "doing wrong." We must identify and... Read more

      The Buddhism of Zen (in 10 minutes or less)

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published Oct 26, 2004

      The Buddhism of Zen (in 10 minutes or less)

      Dependent upon whom one asks, Zen is either a school of Buddhism or a school of thought and ethical philosophy adjunct to Buddhism. While zen often teaches the folly of differentiation, hard definition and non-malleable mental categorization, it also teaches that all things should be understood by their very nature.... Read more

      Using the Sutras

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published Sep 02, 2004

      Using the Sutras

      We study the Sutras as a guide as we embark on our own spiritual adventures. They provide us strength in times of difficulties, give us solace in times of despair, and motivate us in times of apathy. Eventually, as we travel on our own unique journey, we learn to navigate... Read more

      A True Story

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published Aug 22, 2004

      A True Story

      Once upon a time there was a lone wolf. All of his life he had been free, independent and secure in the knowledge that he was a wolf (and a fine one at that) despite the opinion of certain other wolves. One day, in about his 30th year of "wolfness" and... Read more

      Jack Dudney - Dharma Drummer

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published Mar 13, 2003

      Jack Dudney wasn't a zen teacher. Well- he was, but I don't think he knew it.Jack Dudney was my drum teacher when I was a kid. A professional musician, Jack played Big Band with Ed Gerlach's Orchestra in Houston and he taught music lessons on the side. I took lessons... Read more

      Sharing The Journey: The Wasted Moment

      by Fa Dao, OHY

      Published Jan 08, 2003

      Sitting and not thinking -- quietly watching the snow on the lawn, doing nothing including nothing itself. A wee curl of smoke from the incense stick twists and twirls and takes shape - a face almost human. Oh no!!! Not him!!!! It's the Prince of Pragmatism! The... Read more

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    • Essays by Fa Dong

       

      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

      The Urban Hermit

      by Fa Dong Shakya

      Published Dec 05, 2011

      The Urban Hermit

      As anyone versed in Chan’s history knows, the hermitic life is a common one passed through by many of China’s most famous Chan teachers.  In fact, all mystical traditions commonly find their members, at some time in their life, retreating from society.  For the mystic, living a reclusive hermitic life is... Read more

      Zen Ritual

      by Fa Dong Shakya, OHY

      Published Mar 18, 2011

      Zen Ritual

      An article in our essay series: Making Connections: Discourses on the relationship between Zen, Buddhism, and culture In her bestselling spiritual memoir "Eat, Pray, Love", Elizabeth Gilbert tells a delightful story of a great Hindu teacher who led his followers in daily meditation in his ashram. The only... Read more

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    • Essays by Fa Gong

      "At the heart of all  genuine religions, profound philosophies and increasingly sophisticated  psychotherapies, lies the recognition that a nameless, unitary essence defines,  contains and creates all things; all phenomenon, all ideas, all existence. The  mystics and the wise, both religious and secular, have understood and tried to  explain this. But the difficulties in doing so reveal that this underlying  essence cannot be known through words or conceptions. The beauty and power of  Chan is that it points beyond these words, suggests much more behind any  conception." - Fa Gong

       

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      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

      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

      The Lion's Roar

      by Fa Gong Shakya

      Published Aug 03, 2011

      The Lion's Roar

      I have only a poor understanding of economics, though I have always had an interest in the political and philosophical values and assumptions that underpin the various processes involved. I remember being struck, when first introduced to the basic principles of Buddhism, how utterly and diametrically opposed they were to the capitalist values and... Read more

      Non-cultic Buddhism

      by Fa Gong Shakya

      Published Dec 03, 2010

      Non-cultic Buddhism

      A personal perspective Buddhism is an ancient path of practice; to some a religion, to others a philosophy, and to many simply a practice of sane living. From the outside looking in, it can seem an evolutionary, and revolutionary, spiritual technology that seems to stand unique amongst religions in that it... Read more

      Buddhism and Psychotherapy: A Perspective

      by Fa Gong

      Published Jan 22, 2009

      Buddhism and Psychotherapy: A Perspective

      What we typically label as simply "mind" is, in Pali, substantially more precise. Our broad concept might of mind could be translated in Pali as vijnana, or consciousness. Nowhere does it suggest in Buddhist teaching that we can or should "still our consciousness," but the idea Westerners typically struggle with... Read more

      The Problem With Precepts

      by Fa Gong, OHY

      Published Nov 01, 2008

      The Problem With Precepts

      A fundamental recognition of a maturing life is that rarely is it what we do that defines us, but rather why we do it. The history of jurisprudence reflects the same increasing sophistication; the accused should be judged on the intent of an action, rather than on outcome. Certainly, the... 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 -- all of the ego's chit-chat. We can, in fact use Right Speech as the bedrock and cornerstone of our... Read more

      A Dharma Chat: "The Opiate Of The Masses"

      by Fa Gong, OHY

      Published Jul 01, 2008

      It has wisely been said "no-one attains enlightenment." This is precisely true. There is no ego that attains nirvana. When nirvana IS attained, there is no personal ego to experience it. This is the crux of the matter. The promises of new spiritual technologies to deliver enlightenment seek to seduce... 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 the "holier than thou" attitude which often flaws the religious character is common to monastics, priests, gurus, teachers and devotees... Read more

      Tibet and the Beijing Olympics

      by Fa Gong, OHY

      Published Apr 11, 2008

      Tibet and the Beijing Olympics

      As "online Buddhists" we do well to understand that this very medium creates new opportunities for the ego to express itself, and it quickly finds new ways to dominate. When I first learned to drive I used to be amazed at how much more aggressive and anti-social people seemed to... Read more

      Musings on the Corpse & the Skandhas

      by Fa Gong, OHY

      Published Apr 10, 2008

      Musings on the Corpse & the Skandhas

      One of the challenges of Chan is that many students are often fatally handicapped by needing to have at least some degree of intellectual satisfaction before they will consider letting the intellect drop. Perhaps this is one of the occasions that Buddha referred to as requiring "skilful means" in teaching.... 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 might be to sit and count our breaths, be mindful of our thoughts, or concentrate on a mantra for a... Read more

      Measuring Reality

      by Fa Gong, OHY

      Published Apr 23, 2007

      Measuring Reality

      Consider our first multi-day meditation retreat. After a couple of days of discomfort, both physical and psychological, the rebellious ego begins to question the authority of the "strange Oriental monk" with his odd and inscrutable methods. We begin to search our mental archives and apply some unique application of a... 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 in this shifting we can see, if we look closely, the arising and the "evaporation" of attachment. And in this... Read more

      The "Dreaded" Third Precept The challenge of sexual conduct, a student's perspective

      by Fa Gong, OHY

      Published Apr 06, 2006

      What is a "precept"? We Buddhists are all very aware of the five precepts (ore more or less depending on what school we associate with) we have taken when we chose to become Buddhists. But it seems there is remarkably little shared appreciation of what the precepts actually involve. Are... Read more

      Who Am I? Reflections on Chan's Path

      by Fa Gong, OHY

      Published Mar 20, 2006

      Religion's ubiquitous "ism's" often leave me wondering about their relation to spiritual growth. I'm reminded of a famous Chan hua-toa, "If you don't really exist, why am I trying to save you?". Why, for example, if Buddhism and Taoism are merely ways of living in harmony with nature, and nature... Read more

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    • Essays by Fa Guang

      The Way is smooth and straight, no obstacles, no bad weather, no potholes, no pirates or thieves. Just be careful of the karma on either side.

       

      Empty Zendo

      by Fa Guang

      Published Jun 12, 2011

      Empty Zendo

      How many times have you heard, "living in the moment?" The expression is fashionable now. I hear it everywhere, and see it within or on the back of at least sixty percent of the self-help and psychology books in every book store I visit. It's a "truism" I suppose, but... Read more

      A Dangerous Game

      by Fa Guang, OHY

      Published May 01, 2008

      A Dangerous Game

      A Warning for Forum Aficionados! The Internet has a peculiar way of grabbing us and taking us off course, often without us even being aware it's happening. Recently as I was searching the Internet for a particular book I came across a list of forum posts relating to... Read more

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      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (1)

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published Jan 04, 2009

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (1)

      The words of Master Hsu Yun, with illustrations by Rev. Fa Lian Shakya Hsu Yun's Chan Teachings (1) Read more

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (2)

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published Feb 03, 2009

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (2)

      The words of Master Hsu Yun, with illustrations by Rev. Fa Lian Shakya Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (2)   Read more

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (3)

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published Mar 04, 2009

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (3)

      The words of Master Hsu Yun, with illustrations by Rev. Fa Lian Shakya Hsu Yun's Teachings (3): The Hua Tou Read more

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (4)

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published Apr 28, 2009

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (4)

      The concepts of Master Hsu Yun, with illustrations by Rev. Fa Lian Shakya The Teachings of Hsu Yun (4)   Read more

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (5)

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published May 05, 2009

      Master Hsu Yun's Teachings (5)

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      Love Forever

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published Jan 04, 2010

      Love Forever

      The seeds of love glow everywhere and in all things. Love is the eternal movement that from darkness brings all beings to the light, to the Supreme, to Sublimation. Love mysteriously penetrates and expands its immensity in harmony everywhere in the universe from atoms to stars and hoist up our... Read more

      Penetrating Emptiness: Ta panta rei

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published Feb 03, 2010

      Penetrating Emptiness: Ta panta rei

      Plato wrote that when we're able to negate both being and non-being, we discover absolute nothingness, and that within that absolute nothingness we discover the absolute present - which is itself the Ultimate Reality. No such understanding can come without a mystic's eye. Shunyata, Emptiness, Void, Oneness, Suchness, Buddha Mind, Nirvana,... Read more

      Poetic Images

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published Apr 20, 2010

      Poetic Images

      Attachment to things means suffering. Beings are so tied up they can’t move so end up being part of those things they make. The ego always finds reasons to hang onto someone or something. Things are tough and sharp in this world and hurt the purity of one's soul endlessly... Read more

      Commentary on Rev. Chuan Zhi's "Bring on the Sun!"

      by Fa Lian of Greece

      Published Dec 23, 2010

      Commentary on Rev. Chuan Zhi's "Bring on the Sun!"

      The need to believe, as the Buddha said, is the primordial condition to walk the Path. Spiritual transition stages are very explicitly analyzed by Abbot Chuan Zhi in his essay Forward Motion: Bring on the Sun! It gives a clear outlook and conceptual understanding of the several differences and difficulties each one... 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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    • Essays by Fa Lohng

      "The universe is a big place and our consciousness resides at its very center, with everything we know of existing within this infinite series of concentric spheres. Some spheres are so small that we tend to doubt their significance and others are so large that we cannot even comprehend their importance.  But they all represent our personal environment, at the center of which lives the living, breathing “dot” of awareness that every single one of us refers to as 'me.'” - Fa Lohng

      Connecting the Dots

      by Fa Lohng (Koro Kaisan)

      Published Dec 12, 2011

      Connecting the Dots

      Students who come to my weekly Dharma talks (or who meet regularly with me in private) are often confronted with my insistence that they view the world more holistically.  This is typically triggered by one or more meetings in which claims are made that a “big picture” perspective is fine... 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 and multidisciplinary practice. Like nearly all forms of spiritual practice, asceticism covers a wide spectrum of beliefs and practices and... 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 century China is a collection of koans entitled Wu-wen kuan (Mumonkan). This translates into English as The Gateless Gate,... Read more

       

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    • Essays by Fa Xing (Hadashi Sharishi)

       

      Prison Dharma

      by Fa Xing Shakya

      Published Jul 19, 2011

      Prison Dharma

      Introduction  by Chuan Zhi As Zen grows in popularity in the United States and other occidental countries, there are growing demands for its representatives to provide for the needs of those Zen enthusiasts incarcerated in prisons.  Only a couple of decades ago it was virtually unheard of for Zen clergy to... 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 details, but I don't remember specifically what I learned that year.  All of my elementary school years kind of blend... Read more

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    • Essays by Fa Zhang

       

      Finding a Teacher, Practicing in a Group

      by Fa Zhang Shakya

      Published Sep 01, 2009

      Finding a Teacher, Practicing in a Group

      It is fortunate that many people who gain some acquaintance with Buddhism decide to engage in its practice. Yearning for enlightenment, they set about establishing a practice, and this normally leads them to read as much as possible about the topic, and, very often, to chose a teacher. Many find... Read more

      On Death and Dying - A (very personal) Zen perspective

      by Fa Zhang Shakya

      Published May 21, 2009

      On Death and Dying - A (very personal) Zen perspective

      D eath is the Great Teacher, the Great Equalizer. Death claims the rich as well as the poor, it fells the powerful just as swiftly as the powerless. Death teaches us how precious life is, and brings into painful focus the precariousness of our sense of self. Death is also the... Read more

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    • Essays by Fa Zhao

       

      Wild Zen

      by Fa Zhao Shakya

      Published Sep 18, 2011

      Wild Zen

      The genes that code for proteins in our human species are remarkably similar, often nearly identical, to those of many other species across the animal kingdom. It makes sense, considering that throughout our natural history human beings and other animals have shared the same environments and competed for the same... Read more

      Zen's Travel Visas - A Sober view of Spiritual Tourism

      by Fa Zhao Shakya

      Published Dec 03, 2010

      Zen's Travel Visas - A Sober view of Spiritual Tourism

      When you are deluded and full of doubt, even a thousand books of scripture are not enough. When you have realized understanding, even one word is too much. -- Fen-Yang Those of us who arrive at Zen have often had quite a path of discovery along the way. This is certainly true... Read more

      Cappuccino Chan

      by Fa Zhao Shakya

      Published Jun 08, 2010

      As we sat across the table from each other, at our usual coffee shop overlooking the beautiful Australian east coast, I noticed the look of distraction on his face, a face I have known for over 10 years. He seemed perplexed and I could see he was looking for answers.... Read more

      Zen Pest Control

      by Fa Zhao Shakya

      Published Jan 17, 2010

      Zen Pest Control

      I just love all creatures great and small. From Gorillas to Bengal Tigers and from Lungfish to bizarre Stick Insects, they all play a tremendous role in the various cycles of our planet. These wonderful creatures are also some of our greatest signposts in our observance of inter-connection and inter-relatedness.... Read more

      The Comedy of the Ego

      by Fa Zhao Shakya

      Published Nov 03, 2009

      The Comedy of the Ego

      Among the great questions.... Who are we? Why are we here? and What purpose do we serve? Perhaps we should also ask, Why do we suffer? and, What can we do? Why do we Suffer? Listening to late night radio back in my twenties, I heard an English Buddhist monk tell a... Read more

      Spectrum Zen

      by Fa Zhao Shakya

      Published Aug 14, 2009

      Spectrum Zen

      With so many labeled human conditions in our world these days like Autism, ADHD, Bi Polar, Cerebral Palsy etc, one would wonder if Zen is only available to the so called ‘normals' or does it encompass our ‘disabled' friends and family as well? The faults of others are easily seen, but... Read more

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    • Essays by Yin De

       

      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

      Reincarnation - a.k.a., New Year's Day

      by Yin De Shakya

      Published Dec 30, 2011

      Reincarnation - a.k.a., New Year's Day

      It’s a new year; a time for looking forward, and a time for looking back. Each time we celebrate “New Year’s Day” we are giving ourselves the opportunity to begin anew. It’s a chance for a fresh start. It is, for many of us, an opportunity to release feelings of guilt... 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. I told them that even though I am a Zen Buddhist and an Atheist (in the conventional sense of the... 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 one form or another. Some consider themselves Agnostic and others happily call themselves Atheists. Some Unitarian Universalists are Buddhists, and... Read more

      Hope and Faith

      by Yin De, OHY

      Published Nov 02, 2005

      Hope and Faith

      A friend asked me to elaborate on how, as Buddhists, we should deal with concepts, words, and emotions that seem to go against what we're taught but still seem to be as "real" as they were before we came to Buddhism. He asked, specifically, about the concepts of hope and... Read more

      How "Zen" is That?

      by Yin De, OHY

      Published Sep 16, 2004

      A friend of mine has a habit of asking me; "How Zen is that?" whenever I seem to react with any degree of emotion, particularly when I am angry about something. A year or so ago, when one of my neighbors learned that my shaved head wasn't a fashion-statement and... 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 and to have better than what we have - not only for ourselves, but for our children and the people... Read more

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      Our collection of essays and Dharma talks prior to 2009.

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      • Essays by Fa Jian, Nebraska

        Evil seeks its victim among the weak.

        A robber does not attack a fortress.

        A thief does not steal when watched.

        A liar does not slander the truth well known.

         

        Offer robbery a strong fortress

            that cannot be conquered;

        Give thievery a watching eye

            that cannot be escaped;

        Make the truth well known

           that cannot be denied.

        Conquer evil with keen strength.

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      • Integrating Thought and Form

        The Martial Arts have origins that date back some 6000 years according to historians, but it was Bodhidharma who brought to China not only Chan, but a new approach to the martial arts.  They were no longer just for self-defense - they encompassed a spiritual regimen, a new form of meditation, that could deliver the practitioner, through disciplined practice, not only to improved health of body, mind, and spirit, but to Nirvana - that state of ego-transcendence that is the first landmark on Chan's mystical journey. 

        In this "Ask Sifu" series, I answer many of the questions that beginners have as they begin Chan Quan, the Martial Arts style of the Shaolin monks of Song Shan mountain.  I hope these short essays help illuminate some of the connection between Chan and Martial arts - a connection that has nearly vanished in the West. 

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      • Turbid Revelations (archives)

        Notes from under the lily pad

        A column by Rev. Yin Yao Shakya, OHY
        Presented from Oct. 200 through Dec. 2002



        Sometimes things just aren't what they seem . . .

               - anonymous
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      • Essays by Chuan Kong

        Understanding that words and language are very often the cause of confusion, I attempt with my essays to write from the 'centre' and try to get to the point; the point that is always in this moment, always in this place. From the Zen 'point of view,' this moment and this place are identical with your own, so as 'you' read the essay it is all happening in 'your' head! Our identities are in no way separate.

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      • Stuart Lachs

        "O ne of the most perceptive critical voices in contemporary  Zen/Chan, Stuart Lachs gives us in-depth looks at many facits of contemporary Zen Buddhism. His voice comes out of decades of immersion in Zen Buddhism, giving him an inside view that few, if any, other scholars can claim. Like a magician revealing the "magic" of his acts, Mr. Lachs brings us closer than most dare to the primitive psychological forces that are shaping the nature of Zen Buddhism in the West, forces that have endured for thousands of years because of thier ability to pervade our subconscious without fear of detection. Only an awakened mind can see into the nature of "the beast" and have the courage to examine it, address it, and share his observations. The very nature of Zen requires that we delve into every nook and cranny, expose whatever we find, and use whatever we learn to help others see what they might otherwise miss. In this, Stuart Lachs is a master." -- Chuan Zhi

        Hua-t’ou: A Method of Zen Meditation

        by Stuart Lachs

        Published Mar 09, 2012

        There are two different ways of understanding and actually practicing Zen. These two different ways are termed in Chinese pen chueh and shih-chueh respectively. The term pen chueh refers to the belief that one’s mind is from the beginning of time fully enlightened, while shih-chueh refers to the belief that... Read more

        An Interview with Stuart Lachs

        by Stuart Lachs

        Published Jun 14, 2011

        Stuart Lachs was born in 1940 and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Brooklyn College, part of the NYC college system, where he received a B.A. and M.S., majoring in mathematics. He worked at Bell Labs in the mathematical physics department for a year and afterward, in the ship design... Read more

        When the Saints Go Marching In: Modern Day Zen Hagiography

        by Stuart Lachs

        Published Mar 15, 2011

        This paper takes a critical look at recently published biographies of two modern day Chan/ Zen teachers in America. The popular American magazine “Tricycle: A Buddhist Review” printed both biographies, making them widely available to the diverse American Buddhist communities and the interested general reader. Both biographies were presented as... Read more

        The Aitken-Shimano Letters

        by Vladimir K. and Stuart Lachs

        Published Nov 03, 2009

        Following is a summation of the extraordinary story, as explicated in the Aitken letters, of a Zen master teaching in America for some 35 years, who has been accused of sexual misconduct numerous times and yet was never called to task nor properly investigated. A thorough, open and public inquiry... Read more

        Dressing the Donkey

        by Stuart Lachs

        Published Jun 28, 2009

        Modern day Zen masters/roshi, while enjoying the decided advantage of being part of a tradition that imputes to them quasi-divine qualities, suffer the disadvantage of living in an age of widespread information. Thus, while the image of the Zen masters of the past bask in the unquestioned glow of hagiography,... Read more

        Coming Down from the Zen Clouds

        by Stuart Lachs

        Published Jun 19, 2009

        Zen Buddhism became widely known in America through D. T. Suzuki's writings, which promoted a non-traditional, modernist interpretation of Zen. Suzuki was a Japanese writer and intellectual who had experienced Zen training as a layman, and who, writing in the nationalistic intellectual climate of early twentieth-century Japan, emphasized a Zen... Read more

        Means of Authorization: Establishing Hierarchy in Ch'an/Zen Buddhism in America

        by Stuart Lachs

        Published Jun 19, 2009

        Ch'an/Zen Buddhism has become widely accepted in the West during the past fifty years. At the head of Zen institutions sits the person of the Master/roshi. Through the mechanisms of sectarian histories, ritual performance, a special language, koans, mondos,[2] and most importantly through the ideas of Dharma transmission and Zen... Read more

        Introduction to my Articles

        by Stuart Lachs

        Published Jun 19, 2009

        Introduction to my Articles5.29 KB26/01/2012, 12:42   I have been a Zen practitioner for roughly forty years. Many years ago I became interested in viewing Zen from a scholarly point of view as a way to explain the great disparity I witnessed between how the Zen institution claimed its leaders behaved and... Read more

        Richard Baker: The Myth of the Zen Roshi

        by Stuart Lachs

        Published Jun 19, 2009

        Most people think of Zen as being iconoclastic, anti-authoritarian, simple, direct, and unattached. Its raison d'etre is to produce people who possess a fundamental insight into life, people who are not fooled by appearances or ideas. The fact is that almost everything about Zen's presentation, practice, and rituals is aimed... Read more

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      Zen Sweeping

      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

      A Single Thought

      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

      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 discussions, ask questions, share insights, debate topics, and get engaged. Our only request is that you be respectful of other... Read more

      Poetry Selections: 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

      Song of the Passionate Lover

      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

      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 in China.  If it’s anything like his first, we can expect One Mind to be presented with the same warmth,... 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 at those who have long train commutes, as is often the case for Europeans, it's a helpful read for anyone... 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, in a ceremony hosted by Fa Lohng Shakya at Open Gate Zendo. Also present were Yin Jing Shakya and Fa... 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, only silent Dharma teaching. Fa Tian continues his work in the field of Environmental Education.  More about Le Chant de la... 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 Education and Training, Matt will be managing The Buddhist Council’s education programs. These include internal training for staff and volunteers... 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, serving most recently as vice president. The Northwest Dharma Association (NWDA) is a regional network of Buddhist groups and practice centers... 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, Fa Lian Shakya (Ayna Maurer). He passed away after a long struggle following a stroke on September 1, 2012. During... 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 centered about the I-Ching, or Book of Changes, a Chinese philosophical and spiritual paradigm that dates back melinnia and is... 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 world religions, as well as indiginous "elders" of the community, Fa Gong was honored to be chosen as the spiritual... 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 beginning of what will become the primary retreat center for the Order of the Boundless Way. Unsui-an (雲水庵 as Clouds... 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 of the Order of the Boundless Way, the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun, and Plum Mountain Refuge, he was... 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 practice, Fa Gong offers a unique and easily accessible approach for anyone seeking deeper knowledge of Self. Meetings occur weekly from... Read more

      The Art and Poetry of Fa Guan (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

      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 the largest prison ministry in the Pacific Northwest. He explains: "We are wayfarers from various faiths and walks of life... 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 Puget Sound which will be completed over the summer. Once finished, the site will host Japanese-style retreats for serious Zen... 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 gobe en un centième de seconde. Puis elle re-prend sa longue assise silencieuse. La grenouille illustre parfaitement, selon moi, l’attitude... 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 Chan/Zen approach and the similarities of the Madhyamaka view. When not traveling, Fa Dong offers a Wednessday night mediation and discussion... 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 this past Monday, April 2, 2012, at the age of 105. He was the Honorary Chairman of the Chinese Buddhist... 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 your role? I am the Abbot of the Order, which means I am the “senior monk”.  Technically, I am no longer... 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 private Zen instruction programs in Southern California and elsewhere as well as small group "Introduction to Zen" workshops and Zazenkai... Read more

      The Empty Cloud Chan Group offering weekly meditation sessions

      Published Jan 16, 2012

      The Empty Cloud Chan Group offering weekly meditation sessions

      Fa Dong Shakya is offering weekly meditation sessions at his home outside of Beijing, China. Established in 2009, the Empty Cloud Chan group  offers Chan study and practice to all interested people regardless of ethnicity or religious background. Fa Dong can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Read more

      The Central Coast Zen Centre celebrates its three year anniversary

      Published Jan 09, 2012

      The Central Coast Zen Centre celebrates its three year anniversary

      T he Central Coast Zen Centre is in Davistown NSW, Australia has been operating for about 3 years under the guidance of Fa Zhao Shakya. With about 18 regular participants, they sit regularly 5 times a week, with Wednesday evening dedicated to a full service of Zazen, Kinhin, Tea and Teisho,... Read more

      Welcome East Wind Sangha!

      Published Jan 09, 2012

      Welcome East Wind Sangha!

      In December, 2011, Viento del Este sanga was established under the guidance of Orden Hsu Yun Argentina subsidiary Mar del Plata. The East Wind sangha is officiated by Upasaka Zheng Gong (Alberto Tenaglia). Zheng Gong's sangha meets every Monday for meditation. Fa Di Shakya, right, with Zheng Gong, left.   Read more

      Images of Ireland by Fa Xing

      Published Oct 23, 2011

      Images of Ireland by Fa Xing

      Fa Xing (Peadar Graham) has been an enthusiast of Zen and martial arts since his teen years over 30 years ago and continues regular practice in his homeland of Ireland.  He shares with us here some images of Ireland near his home Gork a Hork. Don't listen to the wind... Read more

      Fa Zhao appointed to the State Buddhist Council of New South Wales

      Published Oct 11, 2011

      Fa Zhao appointed to the State Buddhist Council of New South Wales

      Fa Zhao (Matthew Lawther) recently accepted employment with the State Buddhist Council of New South Wales, Australia, equivalent to the State and Regional Dharma Associations within the United States and other parts of the world. He will be coordinating Buddhist Chaplain visitations for hospitals, hospices and other government funded organizations with... Read more

      The Fine Art of Eckhardt Milz

      Published Oct 03, 2011

      The Fine Art of Eckhardt Milz

      Eckhardt Milz, Fa Huo, has been a member of the Order of Hsu Yun and a Zen practitioner for more than a decade.  With an early career in computer art, he later turned to focus on fine-arts, taking up oil painting.  Now an accomplished and recognized painter living in Sweden,... Read more

      Biographical Sketch: Rev.Fa Yang Sakhya

      Published Aug 02, 2011

      Biographical Sketch: Rev.Fa Yang Sakhya

      Shihan Henry Arambulo (Rev.Fa Yang Sakhya) Henry Arámbulo Sensei was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela on November 19th, 1967. At the age of five he began training in a variety of martial arts, including Tiger style Kung Fu under sifu Parazzi of Italy and Jean Pierre Crameri. In 1990 he joined the... Read more

      Zen at the Stafford Creek Correction Center

      Published Jul 06, 2011

      Zen at the Stafford Creek Correction Center

      Fa Xing Shakya recently gave a talk on Zen Buddhism at Stafford Creek Correction Center in Aberdeen, Washington, USA.  In late May, he was invited to the prison’s annual Asian-Pacific Islander cultural event to give an opening blessing and say a few words about Buddhism to the inmate population.  Fa Xing has been... Read more

      Dual Ceremonies and Sesshin at Open Gate Zendo

      Published Jul 01, 2011

      Dual Ceremonies and Sesshin at Open Gate Zendo

      On May 21, 2011, two ceremonies were conducted at the Open Gate Zendo during a weekend sesshin. Beau Vandendolder received dual ordination in the Order of the Boundless Way and the Order of Hsu Yun, receiving the Dharma name Yin Jing. Yin Jing lives in Portland Oregon where he works... Read more

      The Order of Hsu Yun, Argentina, becomes nationally recognized

      Published Jun 15, 2011

      The Order of Hsu Yun, Argentina, becomes nationally recognized

      In May, 2011, the Order of Hsu Yun Argentina, founded by Rev. Fa Di Shakya, OHY, was accepted by the Argentine Parliament of Religions (institution recognized by the Argentine government). For more that two years Rev. Fa Di has been propogating Zen through regular radio shows and occasional Television appearances.... Read more

      Fa Yang Shakya performs precepts ceremony in Venezuela

      Published Jun 14, 2011

      Fa Yang Shakya performs precepts ceremony in Venezuela

      On Friday, May 13, Fa Yang Shakya (Henry Arambulo) gave precepts to nine students at  Dojo Hiramatsu Kan in Municipio San Francisco, Zulia State, Venezuela.  The event was commemorated with a Dharma Talk by Fa Yang, a meditation session, and the delivery of precepts certificates and malas to each.  Below are some... Read more

      Le chant de la vallée opens hermitages for silent retreats

      Published May 30, 2011

      Le chant de la vallée opens hermitages for silent retreats

      Philippe Duchesne, Fa Tian Shakya, is Abbot of «Le chant de la vallée» located in Sutton, Quebec, Canada, and a Senior Dharma Teacher of the Order of Hsu Yun.  For the past decade, «Le chant de la vallée» has welcomed people of very different spiritual traditions to delve into their... Read more

      The Mozhao Ming

      Published Jan 13, 2011

      12th Century AD In complete silence words are forgotten,total clarity appears before you.When you reflect it, it is boundlessly vast,and your body becomes numinous. Numinous it is illuminated without relying on anything,in illumination, you return to the transcendent [miao].The dewy moon on the Milky Way,the snow-clad pine on the cloudy peak. In darkness... Read more

      The Fool

      Published Dec 02, 2010

      Long is the night to one who is awake. Long is ten miles to one who is tired. Long is the cycle of birth and deathto the fool who does not know the true path. If a traveller does not meet with one who is better or equal, let one firmly... Read more

      Self-portrait with Lightning

      Published Sep 20, 2010

      Self-portrait with Lightning

      This picture, "Self-portrait with Lightning", was inspired by a mystical event that became the defining moment of my life. If you guessed that I'm in the house at the bottom of the painting, you're right. The room with the light on is my bedroom, and I'm in there. The event began at five-thirty in the morning of December... Read more

      Hakuin's Song of Zazen

      Published Mar 02, 2010

      English translation by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki   All beings are primarily Buddhas. It is like water and ice:There is no ice apart from water;There are no Buddhas apart from beings.   Not knowing how close the truth is to them,Beings seek for it afar -- what a pity!They are like those who, being in the... Read more

      Meditation 17

      Published Feb 20, 2010

      Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for... Read more

      Images and Reflections, Series VI

      Published Jun 20, 2009

      Images and Reflections, Series VI

      Poems Yao Feng, more poems of Yao Feng at http://www.heliocd.com/dau.html A new future Language? I suggest we may need to better read a wordless One to ingest the meanings coaxed into stone set in place (like remnant bones) aeons ago in Egyptian gardens across Sirian gulfs... deluged, submerged... Read more

      Images and Reflections, Series V

      Published Jun 20, 2009

      Images and Reflections, Series V

      Painting, Poems, and Haiku by Yao Feng Tasmania, Australia, Photos by Ronbo. The walls of cool mist, dance with the morning sun. Far off the birds sing and call, riding the early morning breeze. Soon the mountains are crisp and clear in the newness of dawn. All thoughts... Read more

      Images and Reflections, Series IV

      Published Jun 20, 2009

      Images and Reflections, Series IV

      Painted Windows Photograph by Yao Xiang ( Painting on the side of a building in Mt. Shasta by Tom O'Hara ) Painted Windows I lived in a house with two real windows and the other two painted on. Those painted windows caused my first sorrow. I'd touch the sides of... Read more

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    • Western Zen: Transition And Turmoil

      A series of essays by Chuan Zhi Shakya discussing some of the challenges faced by Western Zen Practitioners.

      Western Zen: Transition And Turmoil -- Part 1

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Nov 15, 2006

      Western Zen: Transition And Turmoil -- Part 1

      Whenever a religion enters a new region dominated by an ethnic culture differing from that of its originating source, a certain amalgamation of ideologies, ethicalities, as well as prevailing myths and superstitions of the newly introduced religion and the antecedent religions takes place. Buddhism is an especially interesting case, as... Read more

      Part IV - The Gong An (Koan) and Hua Tou

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Feb 15, 2007

      Part IV -  The Gong An (Koan) and Hua Tou

      Many people equate Zen training with gong-an (koan) study due to the fairly frequent use of this teaching technique in Zen monasteries. Koans are one of many different techniques that teachers have used over the centuries to help students break through the rigid mental framework that obscures the higher domain... Read more

      Part III - Dharma Transmission and Lineage

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Dec 12, 2006

      Part III - Dharma Transmission and Lineage

      While most of the world's great religions rely on the sanctity of words to convey the Truth of their religious doctrines, moral codes, etc., Zen Buddhism makes no such claim as it has no such written document or collection of documents. Instead, Zen Buddhism relies on the concept of Dharma... Read more

      Part VI - Conclusion

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Mar 30, 2007

      Part VI -  Conclusion

      Buddhism is a complex religion, without a single voice, with many faces, and many representatives holding many different views. It's tremendously easy for a newcomer to get lost in the quagmire of beliefs, ambiguous language, customs, teachings, superstitions and myths that have produced a Matta-like painting of this unusual and... Read more

      Part II - The Zen Master

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Nov 29, 2006

      Part II - The Zen Master

      A master serves several functions in a sangha: as a teacher and resource for practicing students, as a guide or "coach", as a leader or co-leader of ceremonies, as a disciplinarian, and often as an administrator. In addition, a master is usually responsible for the financial health of the temple,... Read more

      Part V - The Context of Zen

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Mar 12, 2007

      Part V - The Context of Zen

      The context in which we view a thing has a great influence on our perception of it. It is a great influence on our perception of Zen.When we first learn about something it's with our senses and we know all too well that they can mislead, tricking us to believe... Read more

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    • Inspirational Selections

      We hope you enjoy these Dharma stories, articles, and arts.  They have been compiled from sources and cultures from around the world and many of them have origins that date back thousands of years, having been passed down verbally from generation to generation.

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      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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      A Gift of Dhamma

      by Ajahn Chah

      Published Dec 17, 2010

      A Gift of Dhamma

      A Dharma talk by Ajahn Chah This is a talk Ajahn Chah delivered to an assembly of Western monks, novices and lay-disciples at Bung Wai Forest Monastery, Ubon, on the 10th of October, 1977. This discourse was offered to the parents of one of the monks on the occasion of their... Read more

      Poem On Reincarnation

      by Jalai Al-Din

      Published Jun 29, 2009

      I died from the mineral and became a plant; I died from the plant, and reappeared in an animal; I died from the animal and became a man; Wherefore then should I fear? When did I grow less by dying? Next time I... Read more

      Searching for The Friend

      by Lalla

      Published Jun 29, 2009

      from Lalla: Naked Song, translated by Coleman Barks I wearied myself searching for The Friend with efforts beyond my strength. I came to the door and saw how powerfully the locks were bolted. And the longing in me became that strong, and then I saw that I was gazing from within... 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 nowhere," he replied. "There is no place you can find me. I have no age. To have... Read more

      Silence, the Sister of the Divine

      by John O'Donohue

      Published Jun 28, 2009

      from Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World Silence is the sister of the divine. Meister Eckhart said that there is nothing in the world that resembles God so much as silence. Silence is a great friend of the soul; it unveils the riches of solitude. It... Read more

      Naked Song

      by Lalla

      Published Jun 28, 2009

      from Lalla: Naked Song, translated by Coleman Barks Whatever I do, the responsibility is mine, but like one who plants an orchard, what comes of what I do, the fruit, will be for others. I offer the actions of this life to the God... Read more

      Meditation #17

      by John Donne

      Published Jun 22, 2009

      From Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1623), XVII: Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris Perchance, he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me,... Read more

      Becoming The Lotus

      by --

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      From: Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead, translated by Normandi Ellis As if I'd slept a thousand years underwater I wake into a new season. I am the blue lotus rising. I am the cup of dreams and memory opening - I, the thousand-petaled flower. At dawn the... Read more

      Selections from the Dhammapada

      by the Buddha

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      Sayings of the Buddha Speak not harshly to anyone; those thus spoken to will retort. Vindictive speech begets sorrow, and retaliatory blows may bruise you. -- Canto X.5 Even though a man be richly attired, if he should live in peace, calm, controlled, assured, leading a holy life, abstaining... Read more

      Meet The Friend

      by Lalla

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      from Lalla: Naked Song, translated by Coleman Barks Forgetful one, get up! It's dawn, time to start searching. Open your wings and lift. Give like the blacksmith even breath to the bellows. Tend the fire that changes the shape of metal. Alchemical work begins at dawn, ... Read more

      Sonnet

      by John Milton

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      written in consideration of his worsening blindness When I consider how my light is spent Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my... Read more

      The Need To Win

      by Chuang Tzu

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      from The Way of Chuang Tzu [xix,4], Thomas Merton Translation When an archer is shooting for nothing He has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle He is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold He goes blind Or sees two targets- He is... Read more

      The Two Levels of Practice

      by No Ajahn Chah

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      from Reflections There are two levels of practice. The first level forms the foundation, which is the development of virtue, the precepts, in order to bring happiness and harmony among people. The second level is the practice of Dhamma with the sole goal of liberating the heart. This... Read more

      Thanks and Yes

      by Anthony de Mello

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      From The Song of the Bird What does it mean to love God? One does not love him the way one loves the people one sees and hears and touches, for God is not a person in our sense of the word. He is the Unknown. He is the wholly Other.... Read more

      Eighth Letter: Concerning Wandering Thoughts in Prayer

      by Brother Lawrence

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      from The Practice of the Presence of God You tell me nothing new; you are not the only one that is troubled with wandering thoughts. Our mind is extremely roving; but, as the will is mistress of all our faculties, she must recall them, and carry them to God as their... Read more

      The Oneness of Relative and Absolute

      by Shih T'ou

      Published Jun 19, 2009

      The Oneness of Relative and Absolute

      (The Ts'an T'ung Ch'i') by Shih T'ou Photographs by Yao Xiang The Great Sage of India conveyed True Mind from West to East. Among human beings are wise ones and fools But in Truth there are no Patriarchs, north or south. From the clear, bright subtle Source Tributary... Read more

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    • Making Connections

      Discourses on the relationship between Zen, Buddhism, and culture

      At the beginning of the year 2011 a group of our clergy decided to tackle the complex subject of Zen as it relates to Buddhism and to culture through a series of loosely interconnected essays.  The idea was inspired by a dialogue I had several years ago with a Chinese monk who I have known for many years.  We were discussing some of the differences between Buddhism as it is practiced in China and as it is practiced here in the Western world.  Considering the differences in our cultural backgrounds and personal experiences with Buddhism, it was not surprising that our viewpoints were strangely malaligned at times.  While we could agree on all the fundamental and most important basics of Buddhism, a chasm opened when the conversation moved to things like the color of robes, methods for almsgiving, devotional practices, the role of the "Zen Master", Buddhist mythology, the significance of the rules of conduct a monastic takes vows to uphold, among other things.

      The objective of this essay series is to consider the Nature of Zen Buddhism from different angles and different focuses of attention; to engage in an exploratory meditation of Zen as perceived through the eyes of various Western Zen practitioners.  Some of the topic ideas originally considered for the series included: Zen’s Heritage Zen as seen through the eyes of Buddhism, Buddhism as seen through the eyes of Zen, Buddhism without Zen, Zen without Buddhism, Seeing 'the Forest for the Trees', Buddhist methods of Zen training, and Zen Mind.

      While we open this series with contributions from several of our clerics, we would like to open the conversation to the world at large.  If you would like to share your ideas in the form of an essay, please send a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Only essays that are well written, demonstrate carefully reflected thoughts, and do not attack, defame, or belittle other groups, individuals, or cultures will be considered for posting. If you would like to comment on the posted essays in this series, please use the comment form at the bottom of any essay page.

      -- Chuan Zhi, March, 2011

       

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    • Welcome to the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun

      from Chuan Zhi Shakya

      What is Zen? There is no way to describe in words the nature of the spiritual mind, but be that as it may, those who have encountered it can not help but try, for it's something that moves us in a most profound way. It's natural for us to want to share these experiences with others so that they, too, might share our joy. All world religions offer a mystical path: a path that is outside and beyond our normal, conditioned, modes of thinking and behaving. Buddhism's mystical path is Chan (Zen). It is in the context of both ancient and contemporary teachings that we offer resources and guidance for those interested in learning more about Chan Buddhism.

      Chan defies definition, but we can say that it was dominanty the result of the blending of Indian Buddhism and Chinese Taoism.  While each of these mystical traditions are infinetly complex systems when studied empirically, Chan becomes infinitely simple when applied directly to our lives.  Perhaps ironically, there is nothing to teach when it comes to Chan because the knowledge of Chan is within each of us: all we can do is point a seeker in the direction that he or she can find it within themselves. Spiritual authority comes only from within.

      hotoi-pointing-to-moonWe present in these pages "spiritual exercises," thoughts and teachings from a variety of sources, and offer support from a like-minded group of individuals. The Chan path is difficult because it requires that we change ourselves: the way we think, the way we act toward ourselves and others, and even the way we feel about things. In short, we must "undo" ourselves to discover who we truly are ... underneath who it is we think we are. It requires vigilance, devotion, and, perhaps most importantly, faith -- faith that we, ourselves, hold the ultimate answer that our inner beings seek. As Hotei points to the moon we ask our selves what is his message? Is it the moon? Is it the Finger? It is neither. What is it?

      In the Chan teaching tradition, "anything goes" as long as it serves to point the seeker in the right direction and causes no harm. A novice to Chan may initially be uncomfortable with the lack of firm rules and regulations, dogmas and belief-structures that Chan historically has regarded as dangerous to spiritual development; however, complete freedom of Self is the ultimate goal of Chan and this relies on our growing ability to discard attachments to all forms of structured thought and action.

      The Order of Hsu Yun Website offers a wide variety of materials for those interested in learning about Chan, from poetry and art, to essays by our clergy and visitors, traditional Mahayana scriptures, chants and prayers, selected writings from spiritual teachers of other religious traditions, and more. In the spirit of Chan, we always welcome your feedback, questions, and comments.

      I hope you find something of value in the writings and other works presented here.

      chuanzhi_chopMay the Infinite Light shine eternally, and may we all come to realize our fundamental inter-connectedness with each other, and all that is.

      - Chuan Zhi

      History and Background of OHY

      by Fa Dao Shakya

      Founding of the Order

      The Zen (Chan) Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun (ZBOHY) was founded on November 8, 1997 by Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya, Abbot and founder of Hsu Yun Temple in Honolulu. The event coincided with an ordination ceremony in which he named Chuan Zhi Shakya after himself, a rare honor bestowed to a disciple. The subsequent year, in May 1998, Grandmaster Jy Din escorted Rev. Chuan Zhi to China where he received full ordination in a month-long ceremony at Hong Fa temple. At the end of the ceremony, Chuan Zhi was entered into the ledgers of the International Buddhist Registry as Abbot of The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun (Hsu Yun Chan Yuan: 虛 雲 禪 苑).

      Grandmaster Hsu Yun

      Master Hsu Yun is considered the most famous Chinese Chan (Zen) master of the 20th Century in China and other parts of the world.  He is known best for his tireless effort at spreading the Dharma during his exceptionally long life.

      According to the sparse records available, Hsu Yun was born in approximately 1839 in Guangzhou province. In his youth he enjoyed reading about Chan Buddhism and it was during his teen years that he decided to enter monastic life despite strong family opposition. He was ordained at Gu Shan temple in 1859 by Grandmaster Miao-lian at age 20.

      During his long lifetime, Hsu Yun traveled throughout China and Southeast Asia giving lectures and assisting with intensive Chan practice retreats. His passion, bringing Chan to the forefront of consciousness in China, led him to the restoration of numerous monasteries and temples that had fallen into extensive disrepair, many abandoned due to aging and lack of interest. Among these was Nan Hua temple, founded by the Sixth Patriarch, Hui Neng. Hsu Yun not only rebuilt and revitalized this famous temple; he founded a religious school on the grounds to teach Buddhism, as well as a primary school to help provide for the many young children of the region who would otherwise have had poor, or no, education.

      Grandmaster Hsu Yun died in October of 1959, at Zhen Ru monastery. By available accounts, he was 120 years old.
       

      More about Hsu Yun's teachings can be found here.  

      Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya

      Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya was born on November 17, 1917 to a wealthy business family in China. He survived both the Japanese invasion of China in World War II and the later Chinese Communist attacks on religious activities. During a visit in 1934 to Nan Hua Monastery, Jy Din first met Master Hsu Yun: "Something happened to me when I looked into his face," he wrote later, "I suddenly dropped to my knees and pressed my forehead to the ground, kowtowing to him. My friends were all astonished. I had never kowtowed to anybody in my life."

      After much encouragement from Master Hsu Yun to become a monk at the temple, he was ordained at Nan Hua Monastery in 1937. Jy Din was to become Hsu Yun's translator as he later traveled throughout China teaching Chan Buddhism.

      In 1949, Master Jy Din was directed by Hsu Yun to move to Hawaii to establish a Buddhist temple for the many Chinese immigrants who had moved there. By 1956 enough money was raised to build a traditional Chinese-style temple at 42 Kawananakoa Place in Honolulu. Master Jy Din named it the Hsu Yun Temple after his beloved master.

      After decades of service to the local Chinese ethnic population of Hawaii, Master Jy Din recognized the self-limiting nature of a temple that, by it's Chinese ethnic nature, effectively excluded non-Chinese ethnic populations.

      In the 1990's he became aware of the power of the Internet as a means to spread the teachings of Buddhism to other parts of the world. In 1998 he elevated his disciple and heir, Chuan Zhi, to Abbot of the Order of Hsu Yun and included a mandate that the order continue its online presence for the promotion and study of Zen.

      Master Jy Din passed away at 85 years of age on March 13, 2003, after a long and difficult illness. Jeanne Lum, a member of the Temple Board said of him: "His major principle was to accept things. And he never complained, never scolded or got angry at anyone, and always believed that if you would just do kindness to a bad person the person gradually would change." Leadership of the Hsu Yun temple was passed on to Master Fa Wai Shakya.
       

      A biographical account of the life of Master Jy Din can be found here.

      Chuan Zhi Shakya

      Chuan Zhi was born on October 12, 1960 in Lafayette, Indiana, United States. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics in 1983 and spent the following two years teaching mathematics and physics in Bogotá, Colombia. Upon returning to the United States, he continued his education in Physics at Purdue University before joining the workforce as an experimental physicist in 1986. After a long fascination with Zen Buddhism he became ordained under Grandmaster Jy Din Shakya (November 8, 1997). Chuan Zhi received ordination at Hong Fa temple in China in 1998 under Grandmasters Jy Din, Ben Huan, Shou Ye and others.
       

      Master Fa Hui Shakya

      Master Fa Hui was ordained by Master Chuan Ying Shakya on August 15th, 1945, the day Japan surrendered to the Western Allies, ending the war in the Pacific. He became Abbot of Hsu Yun Temple shortly before the passing of Grandmaster Jy Din and has been instrumental in the ongoing evolution of ZBOHY.

      When asked if he would like to give a message to the ZBOHY community he replied: "People must be careful: once you enter the Chan path, do not let yourself go off in another direction. Stay on the Path. Many people think that by switching to other paths, or by mixing different paths together, they will attain Buddhahood faster and more easily. It doesn't work that way. Follow a straight course and don't take turns that lead away from Chan. Keep your practice simple, and keep your practice strong. Be kind to people and don't get involved in conflicts."

      Lineage

      Hui Neng, the Sixth and last Patriarch of Chan, founded his order in 675 AD at his monastery which he named Bao Lin Ji. It latter came to be known as Nan Hua Si. This historic temple is located roughly 100 miles north of Guang Zhou on the Caoxi Little River. Through a succession of Dharma Heirs, the lineage to Hui Neng continues through many branches around the world. According to documented Chinese records, Master Hsu Yun was 54 generations from Hui Neng and his heir, Jy Din, was 55th generation. [The lineage sequence is contained in a poem which lists, in chronological sequence, Dharma names given from master to disciple. Once the list has been completed, it returns to the beginning and repeats. For example, Jy (Zhi) gives the first name "Chuan" (56th generation), Chuan gives the name "Fa" (57th generation), Fa gives the name "Yin" (58th generation), and Yin gives the name "Zheng" (59th generation). For a look into the value and pitfalls of the lineage system, read Rev. Chuan Zhi's essay series, Western Zen: Transition and Turmoil.]

      Disclaimer

      The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun (ZBOHY) under the guidance of Rev. Chuan Zhi Shakya is represented on the www.hsuyun.org and www.xuyun.org websites and is not associated with other groups or websites that might represent themselves as ZBOHY in the United States or other countries unless acknowledged as affiliated groups on our website. Because of our mandate to abstain from political agendas, ZBOHY is also not associated with the Fa Lun Gong or other religious-political groups outlawed in China or elsewhere.

      Individual opinions expressed by clergy of ZBOHY do not necessarily reflect those of ZBOHY as a whole, the Board of Directors, or the Founders or Spiritual Heads of the Order.

      Questions regarding the Order should be directed to our board of directors by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
       

      A note on word Usage: "Zen" or "Chan"?

      "Zen" and "Chan" are both cognates of the term Dhyana, meaning "to dwell" or to meditate. Zen is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character Chan. Since the term, Zen, was the first to make its way to the west, it is more universally used. For this reason, ZBOHY uses the two terms interchangeably.
       

      Chinese terms

      Chinese Pinyin spellings (the contemporary Chinese standard) are used in preference to Wade Giles spellings now found almost exclusively in Taiwan. Even with the pinyin standard, Chinese words are often spelled differently depending on the time and location of origin and local dialect; therefore, there may arise discrepancies in spellings of names and locations with other literature.
       

      Final note

      Ultimately, the practice and study of Chan is both a personal pursuit and a sangha (community) pursuit. It is not the intention of ZBOHY to demand strict conformity of practice. Rather, it is our goal to present classical and contemporary Chan teachings, methods and principles in the Western idiom as a guide to those wending their own way along the Path.

      It is our purpose and intention to present the teachings of the Hsu Yun/Lin Chi lineage in a way that makes them readily accessible and understandable to Western Practitioners. It is our hope to offer the benefit of an international sangha to our affiliated groups and lone seekers alike.

      We humbly offer that which we have been given -- modern western understandings and approaches to the Dao of the classical Southern Chan masters.

      Namo Amotofo
      Rev. Fa Dao Shakya, Director, OHY  

       

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    • About the Order of Hsu Yun

      Welcome Message

      We present in these pages "spiritual exercises," thoughts and teachings from a variety of sources, and offer support from a like-minded group of individuals. The Chan path is difficult because it requires that we change ourselves: the way we think, the way we act toward ourselves and others, and even... Read more

      The OHY Mission ...

      The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun is an international clerical order consisting of individual practitioners, sanghas and practice centers. The Mission of the ZBOHY is: To make the study and practice of Zen Buddhism accessible to the West through approaches that remain in keeping with the classical lineage tradition as... Read more

      Who is Hsu Yun?

      Master Hsu Yun (Empty Cloud) Hsu Yun is unquestionably the most revered Chan Master in China since Hui Neng, the sixth and last Chan (Zen) Patriarch.   Beyond China, a traveler will find shrines, altars and temples in his dedication around the globe. In his unquestionably long lifetime (accounts indicate he may... Read more

      A 2012 Interview with Chuan Zhi

      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 your role? I am the Abbot of the Order, which means I am the “senior monk”.  Technically, I am no longer... Read more

      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... Read more

      A Biography of Master Jy Din and History of Hsu Yun Temple

      Venerable Master Jy Din Shakya, also known as Wei-miao, was the first official voice of Chinese Chan/Zen to enter the West. He arrived in Hawaii in 1956, by order of his master, the Venerable Hsu Yun (Xu Yun) also known as De-qing and Yan-che. His simple directive to Jy... Read more

      A 2011 Interview with Chuan Zhi

      There is a common myth that it's necessary to have a teacher/guru to make any kind of progress with Zen. What everyone DOES need is inspiration to do this work, because it's not easy, and there are lots of doubts we have along the way (doubt in the sense of... Read more

      Declaration of Faith

      As documented in our corporate non-profit bylaws, our fundamental beliefs are stated as follows: : We each have the ability to seek and to comprehend the Dharma through our own efforts. A primary cause of human suffering is the direct result of our ego's attachments to persons, places, things, and thoughts. The... Read more

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      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

      Book Review: Zen Baggage

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jun 27, 2010

      Book Review: Zen Baggage

      Zen Baggage by Red Pine (Bill Porter) ISBN: 1582435405 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel through China to discover the historical background of Chinese Zen? Red Pine is the first Westerner to take us on an unprecedented excursion through China to visit the sites we've all... Read more

      Book Review: Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

      by Fa Liang, OHY

      Published Oct 08, 2007

      Book Review: Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

      MICHAEL! There's a bear outside!" said Karl."A what?" called Michael."A bear. He's really big. And he's in the backyard.""What's he doing?" Michael asked."He's sitting." If you ever wished you had a gentle yet fun way to introduce your family to Zen, look no further than a beautiful children's book: Jon J.... Read more

      The Mind of God - review

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 17, 2007

      The Mind of God - review

      "The Mind Of God, Human Destiny, Music, and the Search for Meaning Amidst Tragedy" a book review by Chuan Zhi Shakya Enlightenment manifests uniquely in each of us. Instead of seeing reality as made up of parts ­- fragments of thoughts, experiences, and sensations ­- the enlightened mind... Read more

      Zen Ties

      by Fa Liang

      Published Jun 18, 2007

      Zen Ties

      Book Review: Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth Reviewed by Fa Liang The follow-up to "Zen Shorts": "a sequel that doesn’t disappoint"   In his new book "Zen Ties", author and illustrator Jon J. Muth invites us to join Michael, Addy and Karl as they meet Stillwater... Read more

      Answer Your Love Letters

      by Fa Dao Shakya

      Published Jun 12, 2006

      Answer Your Love Letters

      Book Review by Fa Dao Shakya: Answer Your Love Letters: Footnotes To A Zen Practice by Adam Genkaku Fisher A wondrous little book has joined the unofficial canon of “American Zen.” And like most things wondrous and miraculous, it is a pebble that deserves to splash the pond like a... Read more

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    • Family Circle

      Encountering the Spirit of Chan
      A collection of resources for and by children and their families

      There is often a disconnect between our Zen life and our family life.  That's when we need a bridge to connect the two.  Our Family Circle gives you the opportunity to involve your children in the creative arts: visual arts, poetry, stories, and activities. If you have read books to your children that you feel offer helpful "Zen" lessons, or if your children have read some they would like to share, we encourage book reviews from everyone.  

      Poems

      Life is a Dream

      by Yao Feng

      Published Jan 02, 2008

      Life is a Dream

      art and poetry by Rev. Yao Feng Shakya We are all flowers. When the butterfly landsWe let it.When the butterfly departsWe let it.We are a flower. Read more

      Living Zen: An Introduction to Poetry for Kids

      by Fa Liang

      Published Oct 15, 2007

      How do you feel today? What do you see around you? Do you notice anything different, new, or beautiful? Did you know that there is a way to paint a picture of the things you see and the ways you feel using words? One way to paint such a picture is... Read more

      Daily presence / Daily presents

      by Jonathan L., Age 13

      Published Oct 09, 2007

        Dew drops on sweet gumglitter like a thousand jewels;Ev'ry morning's gift. - Jonathan L., Age 13       Read more

      Recess time

      by Josh L., Age 8

      Published Oct 09, 2007

        When I climb a tree,I enter the squirrel's playground.He invites me in.       Read more

      What's out there?

      by Andrew L., Age 8

      Published Oct 09, 2007

        If I sat outside,I would hear birds singing orleaves falling from trees.         Read more

      Stories

      The Story of the Wave

      by Fa Liang

      Published Feb 17, 2008

      The Story of the Wave

      Artwork by Andrew Lively Once upon a time, there was a little wave. The wave loved being a wave  going up and down and playing all day and night. The wave was surrounded by lots of other waves and it had fun watching them, too. Then one day, the little wave noticed... Read more

      Bruno Dreams Ice Cream

      by Zentails

      Published Jan 20, 2008

      Bruno Dreams Ice Cream

        Zen Tails: Bruno Dreams Ice Cream 1.81 MB Read more

      Up and Down

      by Zentails

      Published Jan 20, 2008

      Up and Down

      Zen Tails: Up and Down2.18 MB Read more

      No Presents Please

      by Zentails

      Published Jan 20, 2008

      No Presents Please

        Zen Tails: No Presents Please1.88 MB Read more

      Activities

      The Awareness Game (Ideas for parents of young children)

      by Fa Liang

      Published Oct 17, 2007

      Recently I took my boys outside for a walk. I told them that we'd be talking only about the things we saw, heard, felt, or experienced RIGHT THEN. We wouldn't be talking about other things, only about what was happening right in that moment. At first it was kind of... Read more

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    • Sangha Affiliates

      The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun is honored to have clerics around the world leading local Zen communities. While the diversity of these groups' approach to Zen training reflects the diversity of their their cultures and languages, it also speaks to the language of Zen, a Buddhist mystical tradition, that does not hold any particular approach to teaching more sacred than any other: as long as the path leads up the mountain, toward the perennial summit, we're golden.

      When we approach a Zen community, or sangha, for the first time we may initially be disquieted by the unfamiliar surroundings, practices, scents, etc. But, ultimately, our ability to embrace a spiritual practice relies on our ability to first put aside our opinions and desires, and to embrace that which is new and different in the same manner we embrace that which is common and familiar.

      There are untold thousands of paths that ascend to the top of the proverbial spiritual summit , but we know well that it is not a matter of which path we take, but that we stay on the path we've chosen (or has been chosen for us). The cornerstone of all Zen Buddhist teachings are the Four Noble Truths. No spiritual training could be simpler ... or more difficult! It is for the difficulty that we have sanghas, for, ideally, they help inspire us onward and help us overcome the many hurdles and obstacles we encounter on the steep climb upward.

      Buddhist sanghas are no more a "closed" community than is a bus carrying a load of passengers. As the bus stops along the way to pick up new passengers who want to share the ride, so do sanghas open their doors to welcome others who wish to share the journey.

      Our affiliate sanghas are open to all who are looking for a community of like-minded seekers. Some of these groups practice in the Japanese Buddhist traditions, some in the Chinese Buddhist traditions, and others in a more "free-form" westernized style. Others mix and match cultural traditions to create a unique blend of approaches. As we say in Zen circles, all approaches are legitimate as long as they serve to propel the devotee in the right direction - that direction that moves us forward and upward toward Zen's summit. We don't argue about which method is best, we just do it. We don't allow our ego to discriminate between one approach and another; we just grab onto one and let it pull us forward.

      The sangha listings here are updated regularly but may occasionally become out-of-date. If you discover any information that is obsolete or otherwise incorrect, please contact the priest whose email address is provided on the respective page.

      Sangha Affiliates of the Order of Hsu Yun are directed by clerical members of the Order of Hsu Yun, as represented by www.hsuyun.org. Sangha Affiliate Directors accept the requirements for Affiliate status which includes:

      * Avoiding copyright infringements
      * Avoiding all forms of plagiarism
      * Complying with local laws and licensure requirements mandated by their local and federal governments
      * Providing guidance and resources to their sangha harmoniously to those presented by the Order of Hsu Yun as represented by www.hsuyun.org
      * Abiding by the Cleric's Code of Ethics as established by the Board of Directors.

      While effort is made to ensure the integrity of the teachings presented by our Sangha Affiliates, the ideas and opinions presented by Affiliate Directors do not necessarily represent those of the ZBOHY as a whole.

      Questions or comments about our Sangha Affiliates or these policies may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


      Central Coast Zen Centre (Australia)

      by Fa Zhao Shakya

      Central Coast Zen Centre (Australia)

      http://centralcoastzencentre.yolasite.com The Central Coast Zen Centre is located on The Central Coast of NSW - Australia. We are a small community devoted to awakening the heart of wisdom and compassion. Our Sangha has a common commitment to cultivate our practice in our daily lives, in society and in all our... Read more

      Awakening Way Zen (Australia)

      by Fa Gong Shakya

      Awakening Way Zen (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 practice, Fa Gong offers a unique and easily accessible approach for anyone seeking deeper knowledge of Self. Meetings occur weekly from... Read more

      Mountain Way Zen (United States)

      by Fa Xing Shakya

      Mountain Way Zen (United States)

      Mountain Way Zendo is a practice center for wayfarers from various faiths and walks of life whose spiritual explorations have led them to the practices and teachings of Zen Buddhism. Located in Grays Harbor County of Washington State, USA, and led by resident teacher Fa Xing, the Zendo is... Read more

      Still Water Zendo (United States)

      by Fa Che Shakya

      Still Water Zendo (United States)

      Fa Che Shakya's Still Water Zendo continues to provide weekly meditation sessions and instruction in Tracy Minnesota after it's opening nearly three years ago. If you live in the area and are interested in learning about Zen and the practice of meditation, come any Thursday from 7:00 PM to 8:00... Read more

      Le chant de la vallé (Canada)

      by Fa Tian Shakya

      Le chant de la vallé (Canada)

      Le chant de la vallé is a heritage in Quebec, Canada founded by Fa Tian (Philippe Duchesne). The philosophy is, in his words, that "anybody can awaken here and now to the True Nature with the hearing of only one word. After that, it takes the rest of one's life... Read more

      Empty Cloud Chan Buddhist Group (China)

      by Fa Dong

      Empty Cloud Chan Buddhist Group (China)

      The Empty Cloud Chan Buddhist Group has opened its doors to English-speakers interested in being a part of a Chan sitting group.  Located in Beijing, the group does not follow traditional Chinese customs and rituals but focused directly on Zen practice and study.  For more information, contact Fa Dong Shakya at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ... Read more

      la Fundación del Budismo Zen Gran Loto Blanco (Colombia)

      by Fa Zheng Shakya

      la Fundación del Budismo Zen Gran Loto Blanco (Colombia)

      Presentación de la Fundación del Budismo Zen Gran Loto Blanco Colombia Web Oficial en Colombia   Soy el Rev. Fa Zheng Shakya, Clérigo y Maestro para Colombia de la Orden Hsu Yun del Budismo Chan/Zen y Director de la Fundación del Budismo Zen Gran Loto Blanco. Nuestra trabajo ministerial del Dharma en Colombia se... Read more

      Shi Deng Sangha (Belgium)

      by Fa Chan Shakya

      Shi Deng Sangha (Belgium)

      Come join our sangha. We get together to practice every Wednesday at 8:30pm until 10 pm at the HumanScience Center, 20-22 rue Godefroid, 5000 NAMUR. (Belgium) You may also like to join me for an internet meditation on every sunday at 8pm until 8:45pm on the same internet adress at http://zentv.blog-video.tv/ . Contact... Read more

      Orden Hsu Yun Argentina

      by Fa Di Shakya

      Orden Hsu Yun Argentina

      Lineamientos generales de la sangha y ministerio de Rev. Fa Di Estando en un país de profunda tradición católica, es difícil iniciarse en otra religión. Cuando decidí hace años convertirme al Budismo (pues en la religión católica que heredé de mis padres y abuelos no encontraba ni las respuestas ni el... Read more

      The Sangha at Camagüey (Cuba)

      by Yin Ming Shakya

      The Sangha at Camagüey (Cuba)

      Rev. Yin Ming Shakya, OHY, heads our order's Cuban sangha inCamagüey, Cuba.   Yin Ming, also known as Henry Binerfa Castellanos, is a black belt 4o Dan in Shin Kai Do Ryu, and is a disciple of Rev. Yin Zhi. Rev. Yin Ming incorporates Zen meditation and activities in his classes... Read more

      Dojo Hiramatsu Kan (Venezuela)

      by Fa Yang Shakya

      Dojo Hiramatsu Kan (Venezuela)

      Rev. Fa Yang Shakya inaugurated the first Venezuelan Order of Hsu Yun on Wednesday, January 31, 2008. Rev. Fa Yang offers weekly talks and meditation sessions at Dojo Hiramatsu Kan, San Francisco, Zulia State, Venezuela. Fa Yang is a highly respected Martial Artist in his community and is sought out... Read more

      Order of the Boundless Way (United States)

      by Fa Lohng Shakya

      Order of the Boundless Way (United States)

      Fundamental to the philosophy of Boundless Mind Zen is the recognition that teachers themselves are also students of Zen and that the nature and quality of their teaching is derived from their own understanding and practice. As continuing students, they are committed to an openness and fluidity of teaching and... Read more

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    • Gallery of Fa Lian Shakya, Greece

      Rev. Fa Lian Shakya is Co-Abbot of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.  She was a professional performance artist before turning to a solitary life of Zen and Fine Arts.  She lives with her husband, Dimitris, in a remote area of Greece where she enjoys her time for contemplation.

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      Meanings are universal, but expressions are parochial; and even within one language a single meaning can be expressed in a variety of ways. We are indeed fortunate that deep poetic thoughts are multi-leveled and that a translator, working with the nuances of his native language, may select from any of these levels or supply an interpretation that differs slightly from another translator's version.

      In the spirit of Zen, we welcome different interpretations of the poems on our website.

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      • Poetry of Hsu Yun

        Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series V

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Jun 16, 2009

        Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series V

        On Novices being robed for the first time. The Buddha grieves that we must face such hardship.He's so lovingly concerned for people like us. Don't let pretty flowers dazzle your young eyes.An empty room can't get dustyAnd even the lucky favorite is pursued by death. So don't be too arrogant or impatient,Take your... Read more

        Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series IV

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Jun 16, 2009

        Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series IV

        Returning to Mount Gu Meeting with Master Gu Yue (Master Ancient Moon) For thirty years I've traveled. At last I return to this village.One bamboo walking stick and I'm back to old Spring days spent here. As cold smoke encases fine mistSparse stands of bamboo surround this ethereal mystic. Suddenly things are strange... Read more

        Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series III

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Jun 16, 2009

        Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series III

        A Time of Regulation What luck! The chance to practice the Supreme Dharma of EmptinessWithout fear of being invaded by the foolish affairs of outside life! Set the time of sitting! Make it just as long as it takes one fragrant incense stick to burn down.In that time we can thread the... Read more

        Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series II

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Jun 16, 2009

        Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series II

        Chant of the Heart's Impression This is an exquisite truth:Saints and ordinary folks are the same from the start. Eventually there's a difference between them.You don't borrow string when you've got a good strong rope. Every Dharma is known in the heart.After the rain, the mountain color intensifies. Once you become familiar with the... 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 to Chan. We simmered tea and talked and talkedComing up with one great line after another.We hung up a lamp and... Read more

        Oxherding Poems by Hsu Yun

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Mar 13, 2009

        Oxherding Poems by Hsu Yun

        Illustrations by Fa Lian Shakya - Greece 1. Pushing Aside the Grass to Look for the Ox Wanting to break through to Emptiness with my white cudgelI cried out louder than the bellowing Ox, mooing through my senses.I followed mountain and stream searching for the Ox, seeking it everywhere.But I couldn't tell... Read more

        Spring Rain

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Mar 09, 2009

        Spring Rain

        Translated to Pinyin (from the English translation) by Fa Xian     Read more

        Searching For The Dharma

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Mar 05, 2009

        Searching For The Dharma

        With translations in many languages   You've traveled up ten thousand steps in search of the Dharma.So many long days in the archives, copying, copying.The gravity of the Tang and the profundity of the Sung make heavy baggage.Here! I've picked you a bunch of wildflowers.Their meaning is the samebut they're much easier... Read more

        An Exquisite Truth

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Mar 05, 2009

        An Exquisite Truth

        With translations in many languages This is an exquisite truth:Saints and ordinary folks are the same from the start.Inquiring about a differenceIs like asking to borrow string when you've got a good strong rope.Every Dharma is known in the heart.After a rain, the mountain colors intensify.Once you become familiar with the... Read more

        Going Beyond Desire

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Mar 05, 2009

        Going Beyond Desire

        With translations in many languages Striving to leave the wildernessYou become part of what's wild.Striving to cease graspingIs, itself, grasping.So how do you gain control and get beyond desire?Open those eyes... the ones that were born in your own skull.       Vuot qua moi uoc vong Dich Thuat Thanh Nguyen Sobrepasa el... Read more

        Heart Of The Buddha

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Feb 23, 2009

        Heart Of The Buddha

        With translations in many languages   No need to chase back and forth like the waves. The same water which ebbs is the same water that flows. No point turning back to get water When it's flowing around you in all directions The heart of the Buddha and the people of the world... Where is there any... Read more

        The Barking Dog

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Feb 23, 2009

        The Barking Dog

        With Translations is many languages   We went up across the ridge for the fun of it.Didn't need to pack any more wine.On the precipice, flowers opened, smiling.By the river, willows grew bright.In the drizzling rain the village smoke congealed, concealed.The wind was slight and the grass was cool.There in the woods'... Read more

        Bitter Rain

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Feb 23, 2009

        Bitter Rain

        With translations in many languages   Bitter rain soaks the pile of kindling twigs.The night so cold and still the lamp flame hardly moves.Clouds condense and drench our stone walled hut.Broken rushes clog the reed gate's way.The stream gurgles, a torrent in its bed.That's all we hear. Only rarely, comes a human... Read more

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        The Christmas of 2008

        by Paul B.

        Published Dec 16, 2008

        It is a special time of year: We give thanks for everything we have,And we give thanks for everything we don't.We remember everything we need,And we forget everything we don't.We ask for nothing,We give everything.We look deeply and see man's true nature,And now we know why:For it is in this season... Read more

        Passing

        by Paul B.

        Published Oct 10, 2008

        I STAND IN ABSOLUTE SILENCE AND LOOK TO THE WESTTHE MIGHTY MOHAWK RUNS WITH A FORCE LIKE LIFE ITSELFI LOOK AS FAR AS I CAN SEE UNTIL THE RIVER DISAPPEARSAND WHILE I CANNOT SEE IT ANY MORE I KNOW IN MY HEART IT RUNS WITH THE SAME MIGHTY FORCEMY BARE... Read more

        Sunset

        by Fa Jian

        Published Oct 24, 2007

        Spending valuable time aloneFacing West, sitting comfortablyIn the evening on the porchAnd watching the sun go down Being in the lovely companySurrounded by furry friendsWho are watching with meAnd experiencing the sun go down Tasting of some good wineEnjoying nature's tranquilityBeing at peace with everythingAnd being one with the sun going down. Read more

        I Only Journey this Path Once

        by Fa Jian

        Published Oct 23, 2007

        Some people cross our life for a season,because it is time to share, grow and learn.They bring experience of peace and joy.They say or teach something new and enriching, even if not felt right awayIt is real, but only for a season. Long relations teach lifetime lessons:Wisdom and maturity must be... Read more

        Progression of Sitting

        by Fa Liang

        Published Oct 23, 2007

        The phone ringsand I sit The dog barksand I sit I remember deadlinesappointmentspast due noticesobligationsdeclined invitationsand I sit I feel angersadnessfearjoyapathyecstasyand still I sit The wind blowsthe flower bloomsthe rain fallsand I sit I know nothingI am nothingand yet,I am everything and I sit. Read more

        Conquering Evil

        by Fa Jian

        Published Oct 10, 2007

        Evil seeks its victim among the weak.A robber does not attack a fortress.A thief does not steal when watched.A liar does not slander the truth well known. Offer robbery a strong fortress that cannot be conquered;Give thievery a watching eye that cannot be escaped;Make the truth well known that cannot be... Read more

        Painting Buddha

        by Pawel Kowalik

        Published Feb 06, 2006

        Deep, crystal abyss brightened by a light is a million doors from the other side, but here are none. No questions asked. Liberated from myself, all of what is left of me floats across eternity, And Rocked by the Waves Of the Universal Rythm Drifts Away Into A New Existence. Read more

        Summer Rain

        by Fa Che

        Published Jul 13, 2005

        It would seem that once the leavesfall from the tree, lay upon the ground,and become covered by rain,that this would be enough. One leaf in particular turning orangeand brown, with small holes in it,drifted down onto the placeof meditation in the woods. No longer does the practicefill the wooded hillsideand no longer... Read more

        Or not . . .

        by G. Lucas

        Published Jun 13, 2005

        I once was a dreamer, lost in the waves of the ocean which battered me, and threw me around, here, there, everywhere. Somewhere in this dream, by an act of grace, or not, I began to wake up. And then I realized something utterly profound, or not. There was no dreamer... Read more

        Night on the Great River

        by Fa Xin Shakya

        Published Jun 07, 2004

        Night on the Great River

        After a Zen poem by Meng Hao-Ren photo by Yao Feng of Corinth   When you were buying ripe cherimoyas from a man on a donkey, in Nerja, it was still the middle of the night here. I would awaken, unable to breathe - not for lack of air,... Read more

        Haiku by Jerry Earley

        by Jerry Earley

        Published Jun 23, 2003

        Hummingbirds hoveras bumblebees give teachingto happy Ch'an monks - Jerry Earley, 2003               Read more

        Haiku by Zheng Hui

        by Zheng Hui

        Published Jun 16, 2003

        Chipmunk Road Eleven chipmunksGreeted me as I walked byIn my hiking shoes! Time and tide will waitWhen I am walking softlyOn a quiet road. - Zheng Hui, 2003         Read more

        on a New York line

        by Yao Feng of Tasmania

        Published Sep 25, 2002

        A haiku written about an Australian firefighter to his twin brother in one of the World Trade Center towers. on a New York linesaying last goodbyesto a recorded message Read more

        Poems by Yin Ming Shakya

        by Yin Ming Shakya

        Published Jul 11, 2002

        Sesshin Snapshots Early morning hush, candles flicker Lights glint from Buddha figures and Pictures of ancestors Incense smoke curls In currents and eddies Subtly coloring the air As we prepare to meet ourselves In the silence of shared breath At dawn The nightingale sings A chorus of flowers... Read more

        Rain's grace

        by Petko (of Bulgaria)

        Published Apr 22, 2002

        The rain falls gracefully.Countless drops, separated,but together.I am on my way! The bubbles emergeand disappear on the surfaceof the puddles. Read more

        From Duality to Unity

        by Yao Feng (of the Tropics)

        Published Apr 08, 2002

        In the stillness and silence of what I call my place,I thought I was alone. So, I sang, and I danced, and I talked...I thought I was alone. Then I laughed, and I cried, and I prayed, and I implored...I thought I was alone. Then, I realized,... Read more

        Opposite End

        by Fa Hu

        Published Sep 18, 2001

        As a little girlI'd go to the parkwearing hand-me-downs and hope.I'd run to the see sawsbut there was no one to lift no one to share it withno friend for the opposite end. I'd stroll to the swingssway back and forthonly daring to wishfor just one friendonly onejust someone for... Read more

        A Poem

        by Yao Feng of Tasmania

        Published Jun 13, 2001

        The view from my house in the Mount Wellington Range, Hobart, Tasmania   The walls of cool mist,dance with the morning sun.Far off the birds sing and call,riding the early morning breeze.Soon the mountains are crisp and clearin the newness of dawn.All thoughts of this world, vanish in nature's breast. All is one with... Read more

        Haiku by Chuan Kong Shakya

        by Chuan Kong Shakya

        Published Jun 13, 2000

        Even emptinessEmpties itself inside out;Our cups overflow! Withering flowersDie and live, live and die, ah;Seamless unfolding..... Looking deeper stillWithin; the ancient mirror,Gone, suddenly gone. Now this new bright faceShines in the emptiness;Thus! All is so clear. Reverence for lifeAnd the Bodhisattva vow -Oh these mosquitoes. No longer needed;An old abandoned raftSimply drifts away. Dripping ambrosia,Iridescent humming... Read more

        Vision of Dusk

        by Fa Xin

        Published Apr 10, 2000

        One morning born of anger, autumn frost is melted by heated hearts.My heart burns for indifferent days,when the sun set with no worries.A time where the starry midnight meetingknew not of dreams this gloomy or dark. Cut thru this greyscale vision of duskAnd bloom learning with eyes of change.This pessimist tongue that... Read more

        More Poems by Fa Ming

        by Fa Ming Shakya

        Published Jun 16, 1999

        Don't strive after anything. Don't seek to attain. The True Mind is there already. By letting go, relinquish the need to make Distinctions, Discriminations,Separations. When separations vanish Buddha-nature is known directly. Just ... Read more

        The Mask

        by Fa Ming (of the Garden State)

        Published Jun 14, 1999

        (writen in resonse to a friend) The mask is placed upon the face,yet envelopes all of me.For, with no disguise, how would your eyeshandle what they see? I am yesterday, tomorrow, today,I am all that will ever exist...the tears you fear, the noise you hear,a long awaited kiss. For you, I bend; to... Read more

        Poems by Yao Feng

        by Yao Feng (of the Islands)

        Published Mar 08, 1999

          Swallows Across the threshold of a late afternoonautumn light, a serpentine river of swallows,suspended by angels, swims over our heads,inviting us to cross the veil... Read more

        Poems by Yin Zhao Shakya

        by Yin Zhao Shakya

        Published Jun 08, 1998

        Placing the ego in my palmsA smile appears When I gaze between the eyesI become the moon When I stare at the heartbliss fills the body When hisssss tingles the throatI jump into the void When pleasure touches the lapMy hands dance with the rhythm When light fills the headI disappear Read more

        Poems by e.j.

        by e. j.

        Published Apr 07, 1998

        Clouds drifting bywrite all that need be saidWhite ink dissolving into blue paperReappeared as sunset rose Fall leaves and rainAgain remind me of this year's passing. Evening swallows turn as oneSky fish bound for a rendevous with nightOne, caught, flutters withinCarrying my heart in magical flight Floating before usBlack waves upon the breezeSwerve... Read more

        Nothing to gain

        by Than Nguyen

        Published Aug 28, 1997

        Nothing there to gain.Nothing there to lose.No center nor vastness.Accepting existence and non existenceIs the same as harmonizing within and without;The same as rejecting no evilness and no goodness.Leaving behind the terminology, one enters the true-self.Where is the universe?What is there to say? Read more

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      • Special selections

        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

        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

        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

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      • Poems from our clergy

        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

        Selected Poems by Fa Guang

        by Fa Guang Shakya

        Published Mar 12, 2009

        Origins The Mind knows beyond farhere a blooming weedout there a fading star   Sitting Through It Thoughts of my hometown...how many worlds are there,shimmering in and out of the mind?   Tao Lesson We hear the wind whisper in languages foreignAnd study one cloud through a hall of mirrors.Sights and sounds understood by none.No nouns, no... Read more

        Time to Clean the House

        by Fa Guang, OHY

        Published Mar 12, 2009

        So little time, so much to do.Sweep unpleasant thingsUnder the rug of Time.Divide seconds into smaller parts.But clocks have no room For smaller "parts."No time, just a continuum.A verse with no rhyme,Coming from nowhere, going nowhere.Yet here is where I am,And there is where I was,Or perhaps where I will be.And... Read more

        Chan Teachings of Hsu Yun

        by Fa Lian of Greece

        Published Jun 20, 2006

        Chan Teachings of Hsu Yun

        Power Point shows The Chan Teachings of Hsu Yun, part four The Chan Teachings of Hsu Yun, part five Read more

        The Meanderer: the Woman and the Little Mirrors

        by Fa Lian Shakya of Greece

        Published Apr 11, 2005

        The Meanderer: the Woman and the Little Mirrors

         The Meanderer: the Woman and the Little Mirrors Read more

        Just Sitting - Black Mountain

        by Fa Lian Shakya of Greece

        Published Mar 15, 2005

        Just Sitting - Black Mountain

        Sitting on top of the waxen rock mountain - Looking nowhere, looking everywhere, Seeking rebirth. I'll know the place when I see it Even if clouds are hiding it most of the time. Life is like a dream in a dream and nightmare too ... The only Way... Read more

        Next Movement

        by Fa Lian Shakya of Greece

        Published Aug 24, 2003

        Next Movement

        Sitting in the dark Sitting on top of the stairs The little child is looking nowhere, Looking everywhere - Getting strength for the goal to overcome The dark with the light within. Time was slow and heavy was it future or past When waiting in the present? The scenery... Read more

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      El Hua Tou

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Nov 22, 2012

      El hua-tou es una práctica que recientemente parece estar disfrutando de un renacimiento entre el pequeño contingente de los budistas Zen dispersos por el mundo. En parte, esto puede ser debido a la creciente conciencia de que esta práctica Zen era la favorita de Hsu Yun, que pasó gran parte... Read more

      Una conversación sobre Zen y Dios

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 25, 2012

      La conocía desde que era una niña pequeña pero no la había visto en muchos años. Ahora estaba entre los veinte y los treinta, llena de vida y de energía, y bastante ansiosa por hablar. Se proclamaba ateísta y quería conocer algo sobre el Zen porque, como remarcó: "Los budistas... Read more

      La Reencarnación

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 25, 2012

      Fue en una gran reunión de jóvenes y viejos, que habían venido a aprender un poco más acerca del Budismo. El parque estaba iluminado ese día. Una brisa fresca de primavera hacía que los pájaros cantaran a la vida, mientras los altavoces, compitiendo por el mismo espacio en el aire,... Read more

      La Respiración Saludable revisada

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 25, 2012

      Todo el que entra en el muro sin puerta del Zen tiene una historia que contar. La mía empieza una tarde de verano cuando recibí la llamada de un amigo que se había mudado recientemente a otro estado. "He encontrado a una sacerdotisa budista que enseña Zen -me dijo-." "La... Read more

      Entusiasmo Peligroso

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 25, 2012

      Estaba buscando consejo. Vestía pulcramente y su comportamiento era respetuoso - incluso tímido. Le ofrecí asiento y le acerqué una taza de té caliente. Cogió el té pero me miró indeciso cuando le señalé la silla. "¿Qué pasa?" Vaciló. "Vas a pensar que estoy loco -dijo avergonzadamente-. Estoy bien, es, um, desagradable... Read more

      Volviendo a lo Básico: Chan y el Camino Óctuplo

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 25, 2012

      Chan, o Zen, en un sentido estricto, es una transliteración del vocablo sánscrito “Dhyana”, el cual significa simplemente meditación. Nosotros decimos “Budismo Chan” y asumimos que todo lo que queremos decir es una forma específica de meditar y que si meditamos de esa forma en un marco budista, somos Budistas... Read more

      Comiéndose el Menú

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 25, 2012

      "He estado practicando Zen por casi veinte años", dijo él confidentemente, "y todavía me enojo con las personas tan fácilmente como lo hacia antes de comenzar mi práctica. La única diferencia es que ya no expreso mi enojo. Lo aguanto. Las personas piensan que mi Zen es muy profundo y... Read more

      Sueños y Visiones: Parte II -- Signos de Individualización (El Colibrí y otros Temas)

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 25, 2012

      Sueños y Visiones: Parte II -- Signos de Individualización (El Colibrí y otros Temas)

      Como percebes que se apiñan bajo el agua pegados a los postes, nosotros agarramos nuestras nociones de las cosas, con miedo de que si las dejamos ir, podría solamente terminar en aniquilación. ¿Qué sería si las ideas que creemos que son las verdades últimas son defectuosas, o sólo verdades parciales,... Read more

      Sueños y Visiones: Parte I -- Encuentro con el Inconsciente

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 25, 2012

      Sueños y Visiones: Parte I --  Encuentro con el Inconsciente

      Los sueños y las visiones tienen un significado especial en el Budismo Zen. Es a través de ellos que frecuentemente vemos los frutos de nuestra labor espiritual. Mientras la Consciencia habla en palabras e imágenes que pueden reconocerse, el inconsciente se comunica con "símbolos" misteriosos de criaturas y objetos relativamente desconocidos... Read more

      Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden, Parte II

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 23, 2012

      Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden, Parte II

      Todos los grupos, necesitan una jerarquía para funcionar y las Sanghas Buddhistas no son la excepción. La responsabilidad crea una organización saludable, sea en una compañía, en un país, en la tripulación de un barco, o en una Sangha Zen. Mientras las estructuras jerárquicas del Zen Japonés y el Ch'an... Read more

      El Círculo de Vida y Muerte

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Mar 03, 2010

      El Círculo de Vida y Muerte

      Mi primer encuentro con un maestro Zen sucedió cuando estaba llegando casi a los treinta años. Por casi una década antes de mi encuentro oportuno con una persona del Zen, éste siempre fue de mi interés. Nunca pensé seriamente acerca de verdaderamente PRACTICAR EL ZEN, pero me gustaba leer sobre... Read more

      Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden, Parte I

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 07, 2009

      Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden,  Parte I

      El Zen realmente es una cosa muy simple - es desechar nuestras opiniones y sentimientos acerca de las cosas y simplemente ser. Es acerca del desprendimiento. Es acerca de la introspección y la contemplación. Aún consiguiendo el punto en el que podemos desprendernos y desacelerar rápidamente nuestra agitada mente, lo... Read more

      Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden, Parte III

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 07, 2009

      Mientras la mayoría de las grandes religiones dependen de la santidad de las palabras para llevar la Verdad de sus doctrinas religiosas, los códigos morales, etc., el Buddhismo Zen no hace reclamos tales, dado que él no tiene documento o colección de documentos escritos. En su lugar, el Buddhismo Zen... Read more

      Una Conversación sobre el Zen y Dios

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jan 21, 2009

      La conocía desde que era una niña pequeña pero no la había visto en muchos años. Ahora estaba entre los veinte y los treinta, llena de vida y de energía, y bastante ansiosa por hablar. Se proclamaba ateísta y quería conocer algo sobre el Zen porque, como remarcó: "Los budistas... Read more

      La Experiencia Chan

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 17, 2007

      La Experiencia Chan

      Arthur Young, ese filósofo a menudo citado, espiritualista e inventor del helicóptero moderno, expresó en El Universo Reflexivo, que muchos sienten que la verdad es improbable: "El Hombre es más que las bestias pero todavía no está muy adelantado. Él está, a decir verdad, en una etapa correspondiente a la de una almeja... Read more

      La Esperanza y la Fe

      by Yin De, OHY

      Published Mar 27, 2005

      Hace unos días, un amigo me pidió que le explicara sobre cómo nosotros los budistas deberíamos tratar con conceptos, palabras y emociones que parecen ir en contra de lo que hemos aprendido, pero que todavía parecen ser tan "reales" como antes de llegar a ser budista. Me preguntó específicamente, acerca... Read more

      ¿Cuánto "Zen" Puede Haber en Eso?

      by Yin De, OHY

      Published Mar 16, 2003

      Tengo un amigo que tiene la costumbre de hacerme la siguiente pregunta... Cada vez que parezco reaccionar ante algo, con cualquier grado de emoción, particularmente cuando me enojo por algún motivo, me pregunta - ¿Cuánto Zen puede haber en eso?  Hace un año más o menos, uno de mis vecinos... Read more

      La Integración Arquetípica

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 11, 2000

      ¿Los arquetipos son verdaderos? - me preguntó cuando caminábamos a través de un gran peñasco que llenaba el vacío entre dos paredes de piedra, casi verticales. La caída era de unos cuantos pies, pero el peñasco ofrecía una ruta sencilla para el largo y casi invisible camino de ascenso a... Read more

      Distracciones Innecesarias

      by Chuan Zhi

      Published Jul 03, 2000

      Las distracciones ofrecen a menudo el más grande obstáculo a la meditación. Quizá porque como grupo, los practicantes de Budismo Zen tenemos un curso de orientación que nos inclina hacia la ciencia, las distracciones que más nos afectan son esas teorías nuevas y fascinantes que conectan a la religión con... Read more

      Sutras y Escrituras Canonicas

      Sutra del Corazón de la Prajanaparamita

      by Unknown

      Published Mar 20, 2009

      (Maha-Prajna-Paramita-Hridaya)Traducido desde el inglés por Shi Chuan FaTraducción al Español revisada por Yin Zhi Shakya, OHY E sto es lo que he oído. Un día que el Bendito se encontraba en Rajagriha, en el Pico de los Buitres, junto con una gran reunión de la sangha de los monjes y una... Read more

      El Metta Sutta

      by Unknown

      Published Mar 20, 2003

      Las Enseñanzas del Buda sobre la BondadTraducción cortesía de Buddha NetTraducción al Español por Yao Feng en abril del 2001 Revisado por Yin Zhi Shakya, OHY en noviembre de 2002 E sto es lo que debe de hacerAquel que es diestro en la bondad,Y que conoce el camino de la paz:Sean capaces... Read more

      El Sutra de Hui Neng

      by Hui Neng

      Published Jul 26, 2002

      El Sutra de Hui Neng

      En cierta ocasión, habiendo llegado el Patriarca al Monasterio de Pao Lam, el PrefectoWai, de Shiu Chow, y otros oficiales fueron allí para pedirle que dictara unasconferencias públicas sobre Budismo en el salón de conferencias del Templo Tai Fanen la Ciudad (de Cantón).  El Sutra de Hui Neng Read more

      Himno del Buda Verdadero de la Esencia de la Mente

      by Hui Neng

      Published Mar 20, 2002

      Dos Versiones del "Himno del Buda Verdadero de la Esencia de la Mente".Sacado del Sutra de Hui NengTraducido del Inglés por Rev. Yin Zhi Shakya, OHY  "N uestras mentes inherentemente tienen al Buda en ellas; tu propio buda interno es el verdadero buda. Si no hubiera ninguna mente búdica, ¿dónde buscaríamos... Read more

      Fe en la Mente - Hsin-hsin-ming

      by Chien-chih Seng-ts'an

      Published Mar 20, 2001

      Gatha de Seng -Ts'an (tercer patriarca Chan)Edición Revisada por Yao Feng N o es difícil descubrir tu Mente BúdicaPero no trates de buscarla.Cesa de aceptar y rehusar los posibles lugaresDonde pienses que puedas encontrarlaY aparecerá ante ti. ¡Ponte sobre aviso! La más leve preocupación de preferenciaAbrirá un abismo tan grande y profundoComo... Read more

      El Sutra del Diamante

      by Unknown

      Published Mar 20, 2001

      (Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita)Traucido desde el inglés por Shi Chuan Fa (1) Esto es lo que he oído. Una mañana, cuando el Buddha estaba cerca de Shravasti, en el bosque de Jeta, en el estado de Anathapindika, Él y Su congregación de mil doscientos cincuenta monjes fueron a la ciudad para... Read more

      Poemas

      Ahora

      by Fa Chao Shakya

      Published Nov 08, 2010

      Un Viento de Ahora pone los pies en la tierra,Un Graznido de Ahora pone los pies en la tierra,Un Aliento de Ahora pone los pies en la tierra,Echando raíces bajo los pies en comunión con la "Tierra",Se funde el Ser en Uno con todo lo que rodea.     Read more

      La hoja otoñal

      by Fa Chao Shakya

      Published Nov 08, 2007

      Una hoja otoñal repiqueteaba contra la ventana,  una y otra vez en busca de abrigo. Juan no podía evitar verla y hacerla entrar. Al abrir la ventana y cruzar el umbral de la casa, la hoja había "desaparecido", el verano había llegado. El invierno despertó, y con él, el otoño siguiente. Juan se asomó a la ventana, y... Read more

      El Himno de la Iluminación

      by Maestro Zen Hsuan Chuen de Yung Chia

      Published Mar 20, 2007

      (el Sucesor del Dharma de Hui-Neng)Traducido al Español por la Rev. Yin Zhi Shakya, OHYEl sábado, 19 de enero de 2002 H ay un bienestar,Caminar en el Tao, más allá de la filosofía,Sin evitar la fantasía, sin buscar la verdad. La naturaleza real de la ignorancia es la naturaleza búdica en sí;El... Read more

      Mahoma y el Glotón

      by Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi

      Published Jun 16, 2005

      Por Mevlana Celaleddin RumiVersión inglesa traducida por Coleman BarksVersión española traducida por Fa Hùi Note: Husam was Rumi's much loved assistant. Rumi teases him. Husam solicita que empecemos el Libro V. Ziya-Haqq, el Resplandor de la Verdad, Husamuddin, Maestro de los Auténticos Maestros, si mi garganta humana no fuera tan estrecha, yo... Read more

      Poemas del Gran Maestro Hsu Yun

      by Maestro Hsu Yun

      Published Mar 20, 2004

      Lluvia Amarga La lluvia amarga empapa el montón de ramitas para la lumbre. La noche está tan fría y calmada que la llama de la lámpara apenas se mueve. Las nubes se condensan y mojan nuestra cabaña de piedra. Los juncos partidos obstruyen la portilla de bambú. El arroyo burbujea un torrente en... Read more

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      Enseñanzas Del Maestro Zen Hsu Yun

      by Fa Lian Shakya

      Published Mar 22, 2011

      Enseñanzas Del Maestro Zen Hsu Yun

      Queridos amigos, déjenme que les cuente una pequeña historia que un hombre sabio me contó. Él dijo: "Una vez me encontraba en un país desconocido para mí, caminando por una calle extraña. Miré alrededor intentando orientarme; y vi dos hombres que estaban de pie cerca de mí. Me acerqué a ellos, y les... Read more

      Acerca de ZBOHY

      by Fa Dao Shakya, Director, OHY

      Published Mar 21, 2009

      Acerca de ZBOHY

      Declaración de nuestra Misión La Orden Hsu Yun del Budismo Zen es una organización internacional que consiste en un grupo/sangha de practicantes individuales y centros de práctica a través del mundo occidental. Entre nuestros mandatos básicos como Orden se encuentran: • Hacer el Zen accesible al Occidente a través de un acercamiento... Read more

      Términos y Derecho de Reproducción

      by Administrator

      Published Mar 19, 2001

      Derecho de la Reproducción de presentaciones/Contribuciones Como comunidad cibernética-abierta de la Internet, ZBOHY acepta presentaciones/propuestas de poemas, fotografiás, ilustraciones y otros materiales para la consideración de su publicación en su página web. Todos los materiales que se hayan seleccionado para su publicación en la página web de ZBOHY recibidos a través... Read more

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        Enseñanzas Del Maestro Zen Hsu Yun

        by Fa Lian Shakya

        Published Mar 22, 2011

        Enseñanzas Del Maestro Zen Hsu Yun

        Queridos amigos, déjenme que les cuente una pequeña historia que un hombre sabio me contó. Él dijo: "Una vez me encontraba en un país desconocido para mí, caminando por una calle extraña. Miré alrededor intentando orientarme; y vi dos hombres que estaban de pie cerca de mí. Me acerqué a ellos, y les... Read more

        Acerca de ZBOHY

        by Fa Dao Shakya, Director, OHY

        Published Mar 21, 2009

        Acerca de ZBOHY

        Declaración de nuestra Misión La Orden Hsu Yun del Budismo Zen es una organización internacional que consiste en un grupo/sangha de practicantes individuales y centros de práctica a través del mundo occidental. Entre nuestros mandatos básicos como Orden se encuentran: • Hacer el Zen accesible al Occidente a través de un acercamiento... Read more

        Términos y Derecho de Reproducción

        by Administrator

        Published Mar 19, 2001

        Derecho de la Reproducción de presentaciones/Contribuciones Como comunidad cibernética-abierta de la Internet, ZBOHY acepta presentaciones/propuestas de poemas, fotografiás, ilustraciones y otros materiales para la consideración de su publicación en su página web. Todos los materiales que se hayan seleccionado para su publicación en la página web de ZBOHY recibidos a través... Read more

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        El Hua Tou

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Nov 22, 2012

        El hua-tou es una práctica que recientemente parece estar disfrutando de un renacimiento entre el pequeño contingente de los budistas Zen dispersos por el mundo. En parte, esto puede ser debido a la creciente conciencia de que esta práctica Zen era la favorita de Hsu Yun, que pasó gran parte... Read more

        Una conversación sobre Zen y Dios

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 25, 2012

        La conocía desde que era una niña pequeña pero no la había visto en muchos años. Ahora estaba entre los veinte y los treinta, llena de vida y de energía, y bastante ansiosa por hablar. Se proclamaba ateísta y quería conocer algo sobre el Zen porque, como remarcó: "Los budistas... Read more

        La Reencarnación

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 25, 2012

        Fue en una gran reunión de jóvenes y viejos, que habían venido a aprender un poco más acerca del Budismo. El parque estaba iluminado ese día. Una brisa fresca de primavera hacía que los pájaros cantaran a la vida, mientras los altavoces, compitiendo por el mismo espacio en el aire,... Read more

        La Respiración Saludable revisada

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 25, 2012

        Todo el que entra en el muro sin puerta del Zen tiene una historia que contar. La mía empieza una tarde de verano cuando recibí la llamada de un amigo que se había mudado recientemente a otro estado. "He encontrado a una sacerdotisa budista que enseña Zen -me dijo-." "La... Read more

        Entusiasmo Peligroso

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 25, 2012

        Estaba buscando consejo. Vestía pulcramente y su comportamiento era respetuoso - incluso tímido. Le ofrecí asiento y le acerqué una taza de té caliente. Cogió el té pero me miró indeciso cuando le señalé la silla. "¿Qué pasa?" Vaciló. "Vas a pensar que estoy loco -dijo avergonzadamente-. Estoy bien, es, um, desagradable... Read more

        Volviendo a lo Básico: Chan y el Camino Óctuplo

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 25, 2012

        Chan, o Zen, en un sentido estricto, es una transliteración del vocablo sánscrito “Dhyana”, el cual significa simplemente meditación. Nosotros decimos “Budismo Chan” y asumimos que todo lo que queremos decir es una forma específica de meditar y que si meditamos de esa forma en un marco budista, somos Budistas... Read more

        Comiéndose el Menú

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 25, 2012

        "He estado practicando Zen por casi veinte años", dijo él confidentemente, "y todavía me enojo con las personas tan fácilmente como lo hacia antes de comenzar mi práctica. La única diferencia es que ya no expreso mi enojo. Lo aguanto. Las personas piensan que mi Zen es muy profundo y... Read more

        Sueños y Visiones: Parte II -- Signos de Individualización (El Colibrí y otros Temas)

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 25, 2012

        Sueños y Visiones: Parte II -- Signos de Individualización (El Colibrí y otros Temas)

        Como percebes que se apiñan bajo el agua pegados a los postes, nosotros agarramos nuestras nociones de las cosas, con miedo de que si las dejamos ir, podría solamente terminar en aniquilación. ¿Qué sería si las ideas que creemos que son las verdades últimas son defectuosas, o sólo verdades parciales,... Read more

        Sueños y Visiones: Parte I -- Encuentro con el Inconsciente

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 25, 2012

        Sueños y Visiones: Parte I --  Encuentro con el Inconsciente

        Los sueños y las visiones tienen un significado especial en el Budismo Zen. Es a través de ellos que frecuentemente vemos los frutos de nuestra labor espiritual. Mientras la Consciencia habla en palabras e imágenes que pueden reconocerse, el inconsciente se comunica con "símbolos" misteriosos de criaturas y objetos relativamente desconocidos... Read more

        Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden, Parte II

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 23, 2012

        Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden, Parte II

        Todos los grupos, necesitan una jerarquía para funcionar y las Sanghas Buddhistas no son la excepción. La responsabilidad crea una organización saludable, sea en una compañía, en un país, en la tripulación de un barco, o en una Sangha Zen. Mientras las estructuras jerárquicas del Zen Japonés y el Ch'an... Read more

        El Círculo de Vida y Muerte

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Mar 03, 2010

        El Círculo de Vida y Muerte

        Mi primer encuentro con un maestro Zen sucedió cuando estaba llegando casi a los treinta años. Por casi una década antes de mi encuentro oportuno con una persona del Zen, éste siempre fue de mi interés. Nunca pensé seriamente acerca de verdaderamente PRACTICAR EL ZEN, pero me gustaba leer sobre... Read more

        Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden, Parte I

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 07, 2009

        Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden,  Parte I

        El Zen realmente es una cosa muy simple - es desechar nuestras opiniones y sentimientos acerca de las cosas y simplemente ser. Es acerca del desprendimiento. Es acerca de la introspección y la contemplación. Aún consiguiendo el punto en el que podemos desprendernos y desacelerar rápidamente nuestra agitada mente, lo... Read more

        Zen Occidental: Transición y Desorden, Parte III

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 07, 2009

        Mientras la mayoría de las grandes religiones dependen de la santidad de las palabras para llevar la Verdad de sus doctrinas religiosas, los códigos morales, etc., el Buddhismo Zen no hace reclamos tales, dado que él no tiene documento o colección de documentos escritos. En su lugar, el Buddhismo Zen... Read more

        Una Conversación sobre el Zen y Dios

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jan 21, 2009

        La conocía desde que era una niña pequeña pero no la había visto en muchos años. Ahora estaba entre los veinte y los treinta, llena de vida y de energía, y bastante ansiosa por hablar. Se proclamaba ateísta y quería conocer algo sobre el Zen porque, como remarcó: "Los budistas... Read more

        La Experiencia Chan

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 17, 2007

        La Experiencia Chan

        Arthur Young, ese filósofo a menudo citado, espiritualista e inventor del helicóptero moderno, expresó en El Universo Reflexivo, que muchos sienten que la verdad es improbable: "El Hombre es más que las bestias pero todavía no está muy adelantado. Él está, a decir verdad, en una etapa correspondiente a la de una almeja... Read more

        La Esperanza y la Fe

        by Yin De, OHY

        Published Mar 27, 2005

        Hace unos días, un amigo me pidió que le explicara sobre cómo nosotros los budistas deberíamos tratar con conceptos, palabras y emociones que parecen ir en contra de lo que hemos aprendido, pero que todavía parecen ser tan "reales" como antes de llegar a ser budista. Me preguntó específicamente, acerca... Read more

        ¿Cuánto "Zen" Puede Haber en Eso?

        by Yin De, OHY

        Published Mar 16, 2003

        Tengo un amigo que tiene la costumbre de hacerme la siguiente pregunta... Cada vez que parezco reaccionar ante algo, con cualquier grado de emoción, particularmente cuando me enojo por algún motivo, me pregunta - ¿Cuánto Zen puede haber en eso?  Hace un año más o menos, uno de mis vecinos... Read more

        La Integración Arquetípica

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 11, 2000

        ¿Los arquetipos son verdaderos? - me preguntó cuando caminábamos a través de un gran peñasco que llenaba el vacío entre dos paredes de piedra, casi verticales. La caída era de unos cuantos pies, pero el peñasco ofrecía una ruta sencilla para el largo y casi invisible camino de ascenso a... Read more

        Distracciones Innecesarias

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Jul 03, 2000

        Las distracciones ofrecen a menudo el más grande obstáculo a la meditación. Quizá porque como grupo, los practicantes de Budismo Zen tenemos un curso de orientación que nos inclina hacia la ciencia, las distracciones que más nos afectan son esas teorías nuevas y fascinantes que conectan a la religión con... Read more

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      • Sutras y Escrituras Canonicas

        Sutra del Corazón de la Prajanaparamita

        by Unknown

        Published Mar 20, 2009

        (Maha-Prajna-Paramita-Hridaya)Traducido desde el inglés por Shi Chuan FaTraducción al Español revisada por Yin Zhi Shakya, OHY E sto es lo que he oído. Un día que el Bendito se encontraba en Rajagriha, en el Pico de los Buitres, junto con una gran reunión de la sangha de los monjes y una... Read more

        El Metta Sutta

        by Unknown

        Published Mar 20, 2003

        Las Enseñanzas del Buda sobre la BondadTraducción cortesía de Buddha NetTraducción al Español por Yao Feng en abril del 2001 Revisado por Yin Zhi Shakya, OHY en noviembre de 2002 E sto es lo que debe de hacerAquel que es diestro en la bondad,Y que conoce el camino de la paz:Sean capaces... Read more

        El Sutra de Hui Neng

        by Hui Neng

        Published Jul 26, 2002

        El Sutra de Hui Neng

        En cierta ocasión, habiendo llegado el Patriarca al Monasterio de Pao Lam, el PrefectoWai, de Shiu Chow, y otros oficiales fueron allí para pedirle que dictara unasconferencias públicas sobre Budismo en el salón de conferencias del Templo Tai Fanen la Ciudad (de Cantón).  El Sutra de Hui Neng Read more

        Himno del Buda Verdadero de la Esencia de la Mente

        by Hui Neng

        Published Mar 20, 2002

        Dos Versiones del "Himno del Buda Verdadero de la Esencia de la Mente".Sacado del Sutra de Hui NengTraducido del Inglés por Rev. Yin Zhi Shakya, OHY  "N uestras mentes inherentemente tienen al Buda en ellas; tu propio buda interno es el verdadero buda. Si no hubiera ninguna mente búdica, ¿dónde buscaríamos... Read more

        Fe en la Mente - Hsin-hsin-ming

        by Chien-chih Seng-ts'an

        Published Mar 20, 2001

        Gatha de Seng -Ts'an (tercer patriarca Chan)Edición Revisada por Yao Feng N o es difícil descubrir tu Mente BúdicaPero no trates de buscarla.Cesa de aceptar y rehusar los posibles lugaresDonde pienses que puedas encontrarlaY aparecerá ante ti. ¡Ponte sobre aviso! La más leve preocupación de preferenciaAbrirá un abismo tan grande y profundoComo... Read more

        El Sutra del Diamante

        by Unknown

        Published Mar 20, 2001

        (Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita)Traucido desde el inglés por Shi Chuan Fa (1) Esto es lo que he oído. Una mañana, cuando el Buddha estaba cerca de Shravasti, en el bosque de Jeta, en el estado de Anathapindika, Él y Su congregación de mil doscientos cincuenta monjes fueron a la ciudad para... Read more

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      • Poemas

        Ahora

        by Fa Chao Shakya

        Published Nov 08, 2010

        Un Viento de Ahora pone los pies en la tierra,Un Graznido de Ahora pone los pies en la tierra,Un Aliento de Ahora pone los pies en la tierra,Echando raíces bajo los pies en comunión con la "Tierra",Se funde el Ser en Uno con todo lo que rodea.     Read more

        La hoja otoñal

        by Fa Chao Shakya

        Published Nov 08, 2007

        Una hoja otoñal repiqueteaba contra la ventana,  una y otra vez en busca de abrigo. Juan no podía evitar verla y hacerla entrar. Al abrir la ventana y cruzar el umbral de la casa, la hoja había "desaparecido", el verano había llegado. El invierno despertó, y con él, el otoño siguiente. Juan se asomó a la ventana, y... Read more

        El Himno de la Iluminación

        by Maestro Zen Hsuan Chuen de Yung Chia

        Published Mar 20, 2007

        (el Sucesor del Dharma de Hui-Neng)Traducido al Español por la Rev. Yin Zhi Shakya, OHYEl sábado, 19 de enero de 2002 H ay un bienestar,Caminar en el Tao, más allá de la filosofía,Sin evitar la fantasía, sin buscar la verdad. La naturaleza real de la ignorancia es la naturaleza búdica en sí;El... Read more

        Mahoma y el Glotón

        by Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi

        Published Jun 16, 2005

        Por Mevlana Celaleddin RumiVersión inglesa traducida por Coleman BarksVersión española traducida por Fa Hùi Note: Husam was Rumi's much loved assistant. Rumi teases him. Husam solicita que empecemos el Libro V. Ziya-Haqq, el Resplandor de la Verdad, Husamuddin, Maestro de los Auténticos Maestros, si mi garganta humana no fuera tan estrecha, yo... Read more

        Poemas del Gran Maestro Hsu Yun

        by Maestro Hsu Yun

        Published Mar 20, 2004

        Lluvia Amarga La lluvia amarga empapa el montón de ramitas para la lumbre. La noche está tan fría y calmada que la llama de la lámpara apenas se mueve. Las nubes se condensan y mojan nuestra cabaña de piedra. Los juncos partidos obstruyen la portilla de bambú. El arroyo burbujea un torrente en... Read more

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      U Potrazi za istinom (od Hsu Yun )

      by Hsu Yun

      Published Jun 12, 2014

      U Potrazi za istinom  (od  Hsu Yun )

      Prijevod by Upasaka Fa Jin 1. Doživite Chan! To nije misterija. Kako ja to vidim, to se svodi na uzrok i posljedicu. Izvan razuma ne postoji Dharma. Može li itko govoriti o nebu iznad? 2. Doživite Chan! Nije to područje učenja. Učenje dodaje stvari koje se mogu istraživati i raspravljati. Osjećaj dojmova ne može se prepričati. Prosvjetljenje je samo medij prijenosa. 3. Doživite Chan! To... Read more

      "Pastirske Pjesme" - - Prazan Oblak

      by Master Hsu Yun

      Published Mar 13, 2009

      "Pastirske Pjesme" - - Prazan Oblak

      Prijevod by Upasaka Fa Jin Illustrations by Fa Lian Shakya - Greece 1. Razmicanje trave u potrazi za govedom U želji da se probijem do praznine s mojom bijelom batinom Plakao sam glasnije od urlika goveda, mukala kroz sva mojih osjetila. Slijedio sam planinu i potok tražeći govedo, svugdje ga tražeći. Ali nisam mogo... Read more

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        U Potrazi za istinom (od Hsu Yun )

        by Hsu Yun

        Published Jun 12, 2014

        U Potrazi za istinom  (od  Hsu Yun )

        Prijevod by Upasaka Fa Jin 1. Doživite Chan! To nije misterija. Kako ja to vidim, to se svodi na uzrok i posljedicu. Izvan razuma ne postoji Dharma. Može li itko govoriti o nebu iznad? 2. Doživite Chan! Nije to područje učenja. Učenje dodaje stvari koje se mogu istraživati i raspravljati. Osjećaj dojmova ne može se prepričati. Prosvjetljenje je samo medij prijenosa. 3. Doživite Chan! To... Read more

        "Pastirske Pjesme" - - Prazan Oblak

        by Master Hsu Yun

        Published Mar 13, 2009

        "Pastirske Pjesme" - - Prazan Oblak

        Prijevod by Upasaka Fa Jin Illustrations by Fa Lian Shakya - Greece 1. Razmicanje trave u potrazi za govedom U želji da se probijem do praznine s mojom bijelom batinom Plakao sam glasnije od urlika goveda, mukala kroz sva mojih osjetila. Slijedio sam planinu i potok tražeći govedo, svugdje ga tražeći. Ali nisam mogo... Read more

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      • Canonical Writings (Croatian)

        Srce Sutra

        by Unknown

        Published Jul 06, 2014

        Srce Sutra

        Translated by Upasaka Fa Jin from the English translation by Edward Conzea Avalokita, Sveti Gospodin i Bodhisattva, kretao se u dubokom tijeku mudrosti koja je otišla dalje. Spustivši pogled s visine, On je promatrao njih, pet ruševina, i vidio je On kako su u svojem ja zapravo prazni. Evo, O Sariputra,... Read more

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      • Essays (Croatian)

        Tko je Hsu Yun?

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        Published Aug 07, 2014

        Translated by Upasaka Fa Jin Hsu Yun je nedvojbeno najviše cijenjen Chan Majstor u Kini od Hui Neng, šesti i posljednji Chan (Zen) patrijarh. Osim Kine, putnik će naći svetišta, oltare i hramove u svojoj predanosti širom svijeta. U svom neupitnom dugom vijeku trajanja (izračuni pokazuju da je možda živio i... Read more

        Upoznajte Chan / Zen

        by Chuan Zhi

        Published Dec 01, 2013

        Upoznajte Chan / Zen

        1. Što je Chan Budizam?  Porijeklo Chana ukorijenjeno je u najranije duhovne tradicije drevne Indije, tradicije koje su tisućljećima prethodili Buddhi. Buddha, prije nekih 2.500 godina, nije podučavao budizam - učio je metodu spasa, na način da se patnja okonča na temelju vlastitih spoznaja i iskustava. Drevni tekstovi pokazuju da on... Read more

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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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      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

      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


       

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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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      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

      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

      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 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

      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

      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 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

      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 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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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 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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      New to Zen? Start here.

      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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