The Venerable Master Hsuan Hua was also known as An Tse and To Lun. The name Hsuan Hua was bestowed upon him after he received the transmission of the Wei Yang Lineage of the Chan School
from Venerable Elder Hsu Yun. Venerable Master Hua was born in Manchuria in the beginning of the last century.He left the home life
at the age of nineteen. After the death of his mother, he lived in a tiny thatched hut by her graveside for three years, as an act of
filial respect. During that time, he practiced meditation and studied the Buddha's teachings. Among his many practices were eating
only once a day at midday and never lying down to sleep.
He cultivated various practices of purity and traveled to study with various eminent and virtuous monks, such as the Venerable Elder Hsu
Yun. In 1948 the Master arrived in Hong Kong, where he founded the Buddhist Lecture Hall and other monasteries. In 1962 he brought the
Proper Dharma to America and the West, where he lectured extensively on the major works of the Mahayana Buddhist canon. Delivering more
than ten thousand lectures, he was the first person to establish the Triple Jewel in the United States.Over the years, the Master
established the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA) and its numerous affiliated monasteries and centers. He taught both Western
and Asian disciples to apply the Dharma in daily life. He also taught disciples to translate the canon and set up educational
institutions, and he guided the Sangha members in DRBA monasteries to truly practice and uphold the Buddhadharma.
The Master passed into stillness on June 7, 1995, in Los Angeles, U.S.A., causing many people throughout the world to mourn the sudden
setting of the sun of wisdom. Although he has passed on, his lofty example will always be remembered. Throughout his life he worked
selflessly and vigorously to benefit the people of the world and all living beings. His wisdom and compassion inspired many to correct
their faults and lead wholesome lives. Here we include the Verse of the Mendicant of Chang Bai written by the Venerable Master to serve
as a model for all of us to emulate.
The Mendicant of Chang Bai was simple and honest in nature.
He was always eager to help people and benefit others.
Forgetting himself for the sake of the Dharma,
he was willing to sacrifice his life.
Bestowing medicines according to people's illnesses,
he offered his own marrow and skin.
His vow was to unite as one with millions of beings.
His practice pervaded space as he gathered in the myriad potentials,
Without regard for past, future, or present;
With no distinctions of north, south, east, or west.