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Navajo Prayer

Published Sep 04, 2014

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

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