Don’t Look Back





Don’t Look Back

The past is already past. Don’t try to regain it.

Don’t think there is something more important to do than what you are doing right now.

Don’t worry about outcome.


The more I practice Zen Buddhism the more mind-boggling it is. I mean that literally. Zen Buddhism boggles the mind, expanding awareness in unfathomable ways. To practice Zen is to live aware of a changing world where nothing remains. If practiced in sincerity, it liberates.

I recommend it.

I especially recommend it for those who are seeking the high aim of knowing the Buddha-Mind, the Christ-Mind, the God-Mind – the Source by many unsayable, nameless names.

But remember – Zen requires all of you. Every speck. Nothing can be left out for later – it requests that you make a commitment of intimacy with yourself and the bright, luminous teachings – for those who have a high aim, a teacher is recommended; for those who don’t, well, carry on until you are struck with the high aim. But don’t give up. The Awakened Big-Mind is calling you.

Come and taste the Truth of the ever-present manifestation of the mystery afoot.

No matter how many mistakes are made, how many times you veer off – hurt yourself or others – compromise your rectitude – drift off into self-centeredness – don’t let that hinder your willingness to respond.

 Find out who you truly are.

Forget your mistakes. Mistakes are traps keeping you from knowing who you truly are. In the midst of whatever comes – in all the struggles of life – Awakened Big-Mind ceaselessly awakens everyone.

Me and yes, you.

I encourage you to seek what you love, wide-open – without any intent to get something. Be sincere in your seeking. Sincerity will protect you while the power of thunder from above shows you your original nature.


May you be Happy, Safe from Harm and Peaceful in Mind.

May the merit of this practice benefit all beings.

Don’t give up.

Happy New Year


Author: Fa Shi Lao Yue

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Holiday Message

Holiday Message 

The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun is happy to announce that on this month of November 2018, our Chan/Zen Order, the Zen Buddhist Order of HsuYun (ZBOHY), founded on November 8 1997 by Master WeiMiao JyDin of the Linji school of Chan/Zen (One of Master HsuYun’s direct disciples), by Dharma Teacher Ming Zhen Shakya of the Linji and Yunmen school of Chan/Zen celebrate its 20th anniversary!


This 20th anniversary, like all anniversaries, means a lot and not much at the same time. It is a time to celebrate our roots and to look ahead at the same time. A time to value our heritage, to thank our founders and to celebrate the spirit that unites us and allows everyone to express his most profound nature in his own local community and ways.

The path the new generation of priests of the order is taking is a more horizontal way to look at a sangha. A way that consists of simplified forms with the aim to keep the heart of our Chinese Chan by means of sincere practice.


I am writing these lines just after I learned about the awful terrorist attack that happened in Strasbourg last night. I have in mind all the other attacks and their lot of victims. No need to take sides. Misunderstanding and possible violence exists at every level in our world, our societies, even our families and Buddhist sanghas. We all can be divided by illusion, greed and hatred.

So, beyond the separations between each sangha, priory, even between the two parts of our original Chan order, may we all celebrate our founders, their lineage, and all the abbots who followed them. May we honor the Chan teachings they gave us as a treasure, and share it openly. May we fight illusions, greed and hatred and rejoice between all heirs of JyDin and Ming Zhen Shakya.


May we keep the spirit of humble daily practice. That is the spirit symbolized by the typical robe of lay Chan Buddhists, that monks use also in their day to day practice, the ManYi Kasaya (One Panel Kesa). A plain fabric with the simplest borders and four squares. The spirit of keeping one mind even when being in the world, surrounded by suffering, because we live by the four pillars, the four Noble Truths. In a nutshell, the spirit of ‘zen householders’ as our Old Sun liked to say.

Credit: Fa Ming Shakya



We hope that this new year for our order will be a year of Simplicity, Sincerity and Humility! I bow in gratitude for those who came before us and for those who will continue to pass on the flame of ZBOHY Dharma after us. I bow especially in gratitude to Our Old Sun, Venerable Dharma Teacher Ming Zhen Shakya!

May our own houses be the monasteries of daily life,
And our hearts be the temples of the Buddha of Light.
May we all manifest KuanYin hands and eyes in this world!

May we all dedicate ourselves in the coming year to know ourselves and act for union in this world!




Humming Bird

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Winter 2018 – Holiday Message from Old Earth Wisdom


Winter 2018 – Holiday Message from Old Earth Wisdom


Duty:  assuming all tasks can betray arrogance.  The idea that we can know

what must be done, and do it properly.  We cannot know the future. It

claims so much to assume we can.  The world is not broken any more than

it always is.


                                                                                                                                         Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay


Several years ago, I read a novel roughly based on the 8th century Tang dynasty in China that speaks to these present times.  It contains a profound gem of insight that takes us beyond world we can see and touch.  The main character, Shen Tai takes on the duty to bury the tens of thousands of bones left from a long-ago battle.  He takes this duty on for one year to mourn the death of his father. I remember when I read this, I was struck that Shen Tai was so clear in doing his duty and doing it in spite of his fear of being with unsettled spirits of the long dead warriors.  During the dark nights with the spirits crying and wailing Shen Tai writes poetry.


Full moon is falling through the sky.

Cranes fly through clouds.

Wolves howl.  I cannot find rest

Because I am powerless

To amend a broken world.

Under Heaven  Guy Gavriel Kay


Broken World. It is not difficult to look around and see that this world is broken.  The question becomes what to do about this broken world. In this brokenness, must I fix it?  I have not gotten Shen Tai’s so clear a message. Going off in solitude to dig graves seems heroic—seems like something I might like to do if I only knew where to go.  Are we, you and I asked to take on such heroic actions to fix our broken world?


In order to perfect any practice, seemingly useless experience must be undergone.  Any disciple who has entered any kind of practice must begin with seemingly unnecessary futile things.  But of course, these things are part of the discipline. Without such seemingly trifling things there can be no perfecting of the practice.

Asian Journal – Thomas Merton


This seems to be more of where my duty rests.  The world is already broken. My task it is not to look only at the brokenness or to flip to see only wonder in nature or the shining of the sun and moon.  It is to turn my attention to God/the vast inconceivable source that can’t be faced or turned away from/existence-consciousness-bliss, to know this deeply within, not to think about it but to know it.


Stages of Life & Duty. A few years ago, I wrote about the four chronological stages of the Hindu view of life:  student, householder, hermit and wanderer. I said that our hermitage was moving out of the householder life and that the arc of our lives was bending toward hermit-ness.  

Here are some of the duties we’ve begun to include in our daily life:

  • Withdrawing from the busy world – as best we can in an urban setting.
  • Living simply – giving away one thing a day every day.
  • Eating good food – shifting our diet to vegetables, nuts, a little meat, an apple every day and lemon water first thing in the morning.
  • Studying – reading spiritual writing from many traditions, Zen Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Psalms – listening to teachings from Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Catholicism, Christian Science, Hinduism, Judaism, Shamanism. Listening & hearing the high pitch of Truth that we swim in.
  • Silence. Solitude. Sitting. Every day.
  • Treating gently those who come for help or advice.


Bones to Bury. This hermit life requires patience and slow-going.  And the bones that must be buried come from personal battles with “resentment seeds, back scratching greed, worrying about outcomes, fear of people…” Rumi

It is solitary work; a deep patience.  It is putting one foot in front of the other again and again.

So, duty is to live in this broken world and not be overcome by it.  To know that what comes into my life is my life and that everything, everything comes to awaken.


May the merit of this practice benefit all beings.

Humming Bird

Author: Lao di Zhi Shakya

Zen Contemplative Priest of the Order of Hsu Yun

ANNOUNCEMENT – Two New Priests



We are happy to announce that on this rich month of November, we had the chance to celebrate two ordinations within Dharma Winds Zen Sangha/Ordre Zen de HsuYun:



Daniel Scharpenburg (former priest in the Tsaotung lineage of Upasaka Wenshu) has been received in the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha as a Chan/Zen Priest and Dharma Teacher in the Linji-Yunmen lineage of our Order on November 3, receiving the Dharma name QianMing 乾明.



Mark Gilenson has been received in the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha as a Chan/Zen Novice Priest, in the Linji-Yunmen lineage of our Order, on November 10, receiving the Dharma name ShenYun 深云.


A Priest of the Chan Order of Hsu Yun (a Dharma Teacher) is someone who shares our sincere practice in humility without pretense to be above other practitioners. In the Way, we seek to be spiritual friends sometimes being a student, sometimes being a teacher.

Humming Bird


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