To Take Refuge, To Return

To Take Refuge, To Return
In the precept ceremony we are asked to take refuge in the precepts. This vow to take refuge is a vow of faith in the Dharma and the training. It is not a belief but an act. It is an act of confidence, a living confidence in doing no harm, cultivating goodness and purifying the mind day in and day out. It is to return to harmless acts, seeing the Divine in the best and worst of a day and to clear away the defilements of craving, ill-will and delusion.
The refuge is ever-present; to discover IT is up to us.

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We are household Zen devotees; Zen priests and those training to be Zen priests. We practice the duties of a hermitage and make an effort to live simply, to leave the busy world and seek the Dharma moment by moment.

We meditate, study and spend time in solitude and silence. We make an effort to treat kindly those who come for spiritual help. For those in search of the Eternal, we offer a direction: look within and know thy self.

This practice requires a sincere, mature heart that longs to end dissatisfaction and suffering.

There are no age limits or bias toward any particular cultural expression of the Way. We embrace varied and multiple approaches to practice and teachings according to the needs of the individual.

The spiritual seeker must be self-supporting and provide for their needs. We do not live in common and have no common fund. We offer spiritual support in the form of teachings.

If you are interested in learning more about the Contemplative Order of Hsu Yun, or to contact a priest, please send an email to: Lao di Zhi 

All faiths are welcomed.

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