Welcome to Exploring Chán. We offer information on the study and practice of Chán (Zen), Chinese Buddhism's long evolving mystical tradition. Chán can be practiced by anyone, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, religious or non-religious, alike. The practice of Chán offers different things to different people. Some describe Chán as helping to deepen our understanding of the nature of existence and the essence of being. Others consider it a means of salvation: a practice which brings us out of a state of suffering by showing us our Essential Self.
We hope you find something useful, if not inspiring, in the writings, poetry, and visual arts we present in these pages, offered by the friends and members of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun (ZBOHY). In the spirit of Chán, we take no money, give no advertisements, and offer nothing more than the thoughts and arts from our readers and travelers.
If you would like to become involved in our community, feel free to register. You will have access to additional pages, our discussion board, and be able to share your own writings, poetry, or art.
-- Chuan Zhi, December 2014