Our Story

Kwan Yin Chan Lin Zen Centre (KYCL) was founded by Venerable Chi Boon in 1991. Its objective is to spread the Buddha’s teachings so that we may attain our true selves and help all sentient beings. By practicing the meditation, we can find the correct direction of our lives and attain our true nature. We can also clearly perceive our correct situation, relationship and function at every moment, live in wisdom and compassion, to help our families, our friends, our country and this whole world to gain peace and happiness.

The name of our Zen Centre, “Kwan Yin Chan Lin”, carries a deep meaning. “Kwan” means to perceive and “Yin” means the sound of the world. “Kwan Yin” (in Korean, “Kwan Um”) means to perceive the sound within us, to remove our ignorance, attachments and incorrect mindset, and to practice the correct path. In addition, we should also perceive the sound of all sentient beings and help to relieve their suffering and gain happiness. “Chan”, which is the Chinese word for Zen, represents a simple and pure life. Nowadays, our lives are becoming more and more complicated, and create more sufferings are as a consequence. Zen practice can help us return to simplicity and let our minds return to peace, tranquillity, holiness and freedom. “Lin” means many trees. The many trees that make up a forest give it strength, and cannot be blown away by strong wind. “Chan Lin” represents many people practicing together so we can help each other and give each other strength to fulfil the great Buddhist vows.


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