To the Committee Honoring the Nirvana of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua:
We were surprised and deeply grieved to learn of the manifestation of stillness by the contemporary high an, Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.
The Venerable Master Hua’s virtue was lofty and exalted. He toiled to establish the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. He propagated the Dharma to benefit living beings. He devoted his whole life to his nation and to Buddhism. His merit will be remembered for thousands of years.
Today is the Memorial and Cremation Ceremony for the Venerable Master Hua. We ask Dharma Master Mingyang to represent this Association in expressing our deep condolence. We wish that after a temporary rest in the Land of Ultimate Bliss, the Venerable Master will ride on his vows and come back soon to extensively rescue all sentient beings.
The Buddhist Association of China
July 19, 1995
To the superior ones at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
I was astonished to learn that Dharma Master Hsuan Hua manifested the stillness. It’s as if the ship has sunk in the sea of suffering and the eyes of humans and gods have been put out. It is impossible to express my grief. I respectfully send my condolences. I hope you will restrain your grief and take care of yourselves for the sake of the Dharma.
[Chairman of the Buddhist Association of China]
June 17, 1995
Telegram from the Yuanming Lecture Hall, Shanghai
To: Manager Dharma Master Heng Lyu and others
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Talmage, California, USA
I was surprised to learn that my elder brother
in the Way, the Elder Master To Lun Hsuan
Hua, completed the stillness yesterday at
three o’clock in the afternoon. When I
learned this sad news, I was deeply grieved.
Today we are holding a Dharma assembly and
everyone is gathered to recite the Buddha’s
name for one day. At two o’clock in the
afternoon we bowed to the Buddhas. Over one
thousand people took part. We all wish that
the Venerable Master will see the Buddha
when the flower blooms and ascend to the
lotus seat. But as he enjoys the eternal
spring in the Buddhaland, we hope he will
compassionately turn his boat around and
come back again to vastly rescue living
beings. I’m sending this telegram to express
my condolence. I also wrote a mourning
couplet today, but because there is not
enough time, I am first sending a draft of
it (on a separate telegram).
If there is any error in the date or time of the Venerable Master’s completion of stillness, please send us a telegram so that we can make the correction.
Ming Yang, leading the fourfold assembly of disciples, bows in respect
Vice-Chairman of the Buddhist Association of China
Honorary Director of the Buddhist Association of Shanghai
| Abbot of:||Longhua Ancient Monastery of Shanghai|
|Guangji Monastery in Beijing Tiantong Monastery in Ningbo|
|Xicang Monastery in Fujian Province|
|Guangxiao Monastery in Putian, Fujian Province|
|Yuanming Lecture Hall in the City of Shanghai|
Propagating the wonderful Dharma, he transformed and saved all lives.
He served as eyes for gods and people, as a light of wisdom in the turbid world.
He compassionately turned back his boat to save people in the sea of suffering.
Peace in the world was the great vow of this Bodhisattva.
To translate the scriptures, he gathered all talents.
The Dharma rain moistened universally; his teachings will remain forever.
The myriad beings seek refuge in the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
We hope he will bestow salvation and turn the Dharma-wheel again.
Upon receiving the letter from the Buddhist Text Translation Society of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, I learned with pain of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s completion of stillness. With respect I offer this poem to express my sadness and remembrance.
Written respectfully by Shi Changzhen of Baoguo Monastery, Lezhi County, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China. July 30, 1995.
This renowned elder of our time is looked up to by the people of the world, by monastics and the laity, because of his adornment in the virtue of precepts and his lofty conduct in the Way. His conduct in the Way inspires people to bring forth the resolve to advance with vigor towards the Way. Although the Venerable Hsuan has passed away, his spirit and his exemplary virtue make him equal to the sun and moon in brilliance.
September 26, 1995
Dear Venerable Sirs,
During my stay in the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, I really appreciated the filiality shown by the disciples towards the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua during the forty-nine days of mourning period.
I also visited Vancouver in Canada, Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s temple, where the disciples were seriously chanting the Flower Adornment Sutra. Over there, I also observed that the disciples were very disciplined and showed filiality to their Master.
Yours in Dharma,
Seck Boon Keng
Ang Hock See Buddhist Temple, Penang, Malaysia
Vietnamese American Buddhist Congress
in the United States of America
The Vinaya Supervisory Commission
3119 Alta Arden Expressway,
Sacramento, CA 95825
The Chairman of the Vinaya Supervisory Commission
Director of the Directorate for Clerical Affairs
Vietnamese American Buddhist Congress in the U.S.A.
Abbot of the Kim Quang Temple
The Funeral Organization Committee,
Distinguished Disciples and Filial Family Members of
THE LATE VENERABLE HSUAN HUA
ABBOT OF THE SAGELY CITY OF TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS
Distinguished Committee and Gentlemen:
We have been informed that the Great Elder Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, Abbot of the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, has entered Nirvana on the Tenth Day of the Fifth Month of the lunar calendar, Buddhist calendar 2539, June 7, 1995.
On behalf of the Vinaya Supervisory Commission of the Vietnamese American Buddhist Congress in the U.S.A., and also representing the Sangha and the Laity of the Kim Quang Temple, Sacramento, California, we respectfully join with you, the Funeral Organization Committee, distinguished disciples and filial family members, in praying for the awesome entering into the Buddha Land of the Enlightened Spirit of the Most Venerable, Lord High Master Hsuan Hua.
Nam Mwo Great Guiding Master A Mi Two Fwo
Sacramento, June 21, 1995
Bhikshu Thich Thien Tri
Signed and Sealed
June 20, 1995
Dr. John B. Tsu, President
Asian American Political Education Foundation
Dear Dr. Tsu:
Thank you for contacting my office to share news of the passing of Master Hsuan Hua.
I am honored by your request to serve on the Memorial Service Commitee, and I gladly lend my name.
I understand the memorial service is scheduled for July 26th at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage. I regret that my responsibilities in Washington will prevent me from attending, but I have asked my field representative, Darrell Shull, to attend on my behalf and present a short eulogy.
Again, I thank you for your thoughtfulness in contacting me. Please let me know if Cathy or I may provide any additional assistance.
Member of Congress
August 22, 1995
Committee Honoring the Nirvana of the
Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
Dharma Realm Buddist Association
Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
2001 Talmage Road
Talmage, CA 95481-0217
Dear Reverent Disciples:
At its meeting of August 21, 1995, the Burlingame City Council observed a
moment of silence and then adjourned its meeting in memory of the Venerable
Master Hsuan Hua, founder of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association.
Judith A. Malfatti
| cc:|| Dharma Realm Buddhist Association|
| 1777 Murchison Drive|
|Burlingame, CA 94011|
AMITA EDUCATION FOUNDATION
OF THE PHILS., INC.
151 Kaliraya St., Quezon City (temporary office)
Tel. 731-3633; 732-2328; 732-0163; 712-2821; Fax 732-0171
June 27, 1995
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
2001 Talmage Road
Talmage, CA 95481-0217
U. S. A.
With sadness we learned of the
“passing away” of Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.
In more ways than one, he was instrumental in the organization of AMITA
EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF THE PHILS., INC. He was our spiritual
inspiration. We look up to him in our cultivation.
Venerable Master Hsuan Hua surely has gone to the other shore, but in our
memories, he lives on.
Bows in respect,
AMITA EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF THE PHILS., INC.
CO YEK CHUAN
July 21st 1995
The Committee Honoring The Nirvana of
The Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
2001 Talmage Road
Talmage, CA 95481-0217
Dear Committee Members,
We feel a great loss in the endeavor of spreading Buddhist Dharma in America with the Venerable
Master Hsuan Hua passed into the stillness on June 7, 1995.
We thank you for the notification you sent us in regards to the Dharma assembly to be held from July 26 through 28 in California in honor of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. Unfortunately we are unable to participate in the assembly, and we are enclosing herewith our contribution of $200.00 in memory of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. Please allocate our contribution in whatever category you see appropriate.
Once again, we would like to express the great loss we feel in the passing of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. We hope all of the Venerable Master’s disciples would now work even harder to spread his
teachings in the West, and the East, and Worldwide.
In the Dharma,
Ven. Guo-gu Shi
INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST INFORMATION BUREAU
OFFICIAL INFORMATION SERVICE
OF THE UNIFIED BUDDHIST CHURCH OF VIETNAM
25 rue Jaffeaux - 92230 Gennevilliers (France) Tel.: Paris (1) 47 93 1081
Fax: Paris (1) 47 91 41 38
The Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Dharma Realm Buddhist Association
Talmage, California. 95481-0217
United States of America.
Paris, July 22 1995
We are deeply grieved to learn that the Most Venerable Master TUYEN HOA entered Nirvana on June 7, 1995.
The Most Venerable Master made an inestimable contribution to the propagation of the Faith by making Lord Buddha’s teaching accessible to the Western world. His merits are boundless, and his absence will be felt by Buddhists all over the world, regardless of their origins or nationality.
Yet, though the Most Venerable Master is departed, his teachings remain. They will continue to shine within each and every one of us as a guiding light.
On behalf of the International Buddhist Information Bureau in Paris, we present our most sincere condolences to you all, and pray that the spirit of the Most Venerable master TUYEN HOA will continue to guide us from the Pure Land, Sukhavati.
We have delegated Mr. Truong Phan, representative of the International Buddhist
Information Bureau for California, to attend the funeral ceremonies on our behalf and pay our last respects.
Vo Van Ai
For the memorial book in memory of the manifestation of stillness by the Venerable Hsuan, Noble Hua, the
Dharma-heir of the ninth generation of the Wei Yang Sect, the founder of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, and the founder of the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas at
Wonderful Enlightenment Mountain
He propagated the Dharma to save the world.
Respectfully written by Hao Bocun
To the Managers of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas:
I received your letter dated June 28. I was shocked to hear that the Venerable Master Hua had entered Nirvana. The religious teacher of a generation has left the world.
Ten million faithful disciples have lost their place of reliance. My heart is deeply pained. It is difficult to express my feelings. I hope that you will carry on the Venerable Master’s will and universally rescue all living beings in this turbid world.
With this note I convey my deepest respects. Peace in the Way.
July 10, 1995
Telegram of Condolence
To the Memorial Committee in Honor of the Venerable
Master Hsuan Hua and the fourfold assembly of disciples of the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and affiliated monasteries of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association:
The Venerable Master Hua propagated the Way and transmitted the Dharma. His vows were profound. Now that he has manifested the stillness, we all recollect him in mourning. This telegram is to express our condolence.
July 25, the eighty-fourth year of the Republic of China
The Office of the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas:
We are shocked and saddened to learn that Venerable Great Master Hua has completed the stillness. We are deeply grieved and in painful mourning. The Great Master’s completion of stillness is a tremendous loss to Buddhism. We resolve to diligently propagate the Buddhadharma and work energetically to requite the Great Master’s concern and support for the renovation of Baoxiang Monastery of Wenshang County and to realize the Great Master’s wishes as early as possible. The renovation of Baoxiang Monastery of Wenshang county will be completed as soon as possible so that the holy relics of Buddhism can be placed on their altars. The
Venerable Great Master Hua’s meritorious virtues will be boundless. We sincerely pray and hope that his spirit is in the Lotus Land, paying homage to Amitabha Buddha.
Committee for the Renovation of Baoxiang Monastery
in Wenshang County, Shandong Province, China
Overseas Affairs Office of Wenshang County, Shandong Province, China
Buddhist Fundraising Committee of Wenshang County,
Shandong Province, China
June 12, 1995
To the Memorial Committee for the Venerable Master Hua
I was shocked to hear the sad news:
The Venerable Master Hua has completed the stillness, and we have painfully lost our place of reliance. The Venerable Master was a contemporary great master, and people in China and abroad respected him as one of great virtue. Throughout his life he practiced ascetism and cultivated the three studies of precepts, samadhi, and wisdom together. Although his affinities in teaching are finished and he has returned to the Land of Eternal Stillness and Light, as his disciples we have not repaid his kindness, so we are weeping in sadness. We should transform our sadness and pain into vigor and practice in accord with his teaching, using that to repay the four types of kindness.
Disciple Guo Yuan, Zhi Can bows in respect
Jenjiang, Jiangsu Province, The People’s Republic of China
How are you? After I returned to Jining from a business trip, I was shocked to learn of the Venerable Master’s completion of stillness. I am deeply grieved, and I send this telegram to offer my condolences and to express my profound memories of the Venerable Master.
On July 5 of both 1993 and 1994, I had the opportunity to visit the Venerable Master and personally listen to his instructions, which will benefit me for the rest of my life. Even last year when he was sick, he still received us warmly and gave financial aid to this university. There are no words to express our gratitude to him. Although my contact with the Venerable Master was brief, I deeply feel that he was a patriotic Sangha member who
“kept his nationality and traced his roots back to their source.” He paid attention to education and was devoted to peace, rescuing the world and its people. We will always remember his state of egolessness and fearlessness and his model of handling affairs, and we will always learn from this model.
He crossed over living beings with kindness, compassion, joy,
He cleared away the distinctions between self and others
until not a speck of dust was left.
Practicing in accord with conditions, he certified to Bodhi.
After attaining the proper fruition, he also propagated
These few words can hardly express my feelings. Please convey my deepest prayers for the Venerable Master.
Representative of Jining College and
Jining Municipal Government of Shandong Province
June 15, 1995
July 12, 1995
Dear Committee Members:
It was with great sorrow that my husband and I learned of the death of the Venerable Abbot. Our family grieves with you and shares your loss. The Venerable Abbot was, and will continue to be, a guide to so many people in their spiritual life and surely an inspiration to people around the world. On a more personal note, he was the mentor for our son, Dharma Master Heng Sure, and we are proud that we can call him our friend.
Since the early days of the group at Gold Mountain Monastery, the Venerable Abbot has been the leader of Heng Sure and the other young people who gathered around him for his wisdom and guidance. With his leadership, the organization has grown in influence and stature. We remember the excitement of finding the facilities that became the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and other widely scattered temples that now are part of the Dharma Realm. With each new monastery came a new group of these followers to uphold the standards the Abbot has set.
We remember the Venerable Abbot as a kind, gentle man who never let sentiment stand in the way of teaching a lesson. My husband and I were very concerned when Heng Sure and Heng Ch’au set out on the Three Steps One Bow pilgrimage. Later, when we met the Abbot, we felt his deep compassion and knew that he and the Dharma had protected the monks on their journey.
Even though our meetings were few, we will miss the Venerable Abbot. His presence was always felt, and we are sure it will continue to be. You have been fortunate to have had such a remarkable person in your lives.
Theodore O. & Deborah C. Metcalf
The International Translation Institute/
Buddhist Text Translation Society
To whom it may concern,
In response to your request, I am writing to relate our experiences with the late departed Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. In 1973 I was enrolled in Dr. Ronald Epstein’s class in Buddhism at San Francisco State University. That September, at a seminar he hosted, my wife and I viewed the Master for the first time. When the meeting ended, we got up from our seats and stood in the aisle. At that moment we saw the Master rushing up towards us, an enormous smile on his face. We were overwhelmed and turned and ran from the room.
We felt terrified, amazed; never had someone looked through us like that. I had felt absolutely naked with my every fault exposed. And from that moment on everything changed. We both agreed that this man displayed awesome powers and must certainly represent the true dharma. We started investigating Chan and Pure Land Buddhism. Several months afterwards we experienced insights that were sudden and profound.
During the winter session in 1981-82 at Wan Fwo Chan, we took refuge with the Master before the Dharma Assembly in the 10,000 Buddhas Hall. As an artist, I was moved to begin painting a portrait of the Master in seated meditation, against the backdrop of a view of the bay area from on high, looking at the sun rise over the Berkeley Hills. It was to represent the true dharma arising in the west.
For some reason it was never completed. The years went by, and even though we constantly cultivated mindfulness and followed the dharma, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Several weeks ago while in my art studio, I was suddenly compelled to bow three times before the picture and heard myself take a vow to complete the picture once and for all. This seemed a strange occurrence, and I mentioned it to my wife. One week later we received your newsletter and learned for the first time that the Master had died. This, combined with the incident I just mentioned, caused me immense sorrow as well as astonishment. We immediately made plans and went up to Wan Fwo Chan to bow and pay our respects the following Saturday. Afterwards we felt as though a great wave of energy had passed over and through us.
Yours in the Dharma,
209 Lincoln Way #7
San Francisco, CA 94122
Keow Hiang Lim Temple
No. 503 Hill Railway Road
11500 Penang, Malaysia
June 16, 1995
To Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas:
We were shocked to hear that our Upadhyaya (Precept Master), Venerable Master Hua, has completed the stillness, and we are deeply saddened.
During this time when people are lost and unsettled, a bright light has gone out and we have lost our good teacher. There are no words to express our pain and sorrow.
We respectfully send our deepest condolences and hope that everything is well.
Bowing in respect,
Disciples in precepts
Chwan Rong and Chwan Ben
Committee in Memory of the Venerable Master Hua
I was shocked to hear the sad news:
The Elder Dharma Master Hua’s completion of stillness has left us in extreme grief. We are pained to lose such a Greatly Virtuous One. The Elder Dharma Master was renowned in China and abroad for his virtue and observance of precepts. The merit and virtue of his propagation of Dharma in America is truly monumental.
I hope all of you Dharma Masters will transform your pain and sorrow into strength and unite singlemindedly to establish monasteries, carry on the Elder Dharma Master’s resolves, propagate the Buddhadharma, and protect the Way-place.
General Manager, Jenjiang Export Company
Correspondence Secretary/Dharma Master:
Our teacher, the Venerable Master Hua, left Hong Kong and went to America to propagate Buddhism many years ago. He established the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in California, turned the great Dharma wheel, raised the Dharma banner on high, and opened the frontiers of American Buddhism, thus earning monumental merit.
We disciples also received his teaching from afar. When we heard the bad news that our teacher had already completed the stillness, we felt the utmost grief! Because we are unable to attend the funeral, we hereby kneel and respectfully send this letter as a token of our feelings.
Disciples Hou Guoxu (Ming), Wu Guoyuan (Shixiang), Lin Guohe (Jinhe)
bow together in respect
June 13, 1995
To the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas:
When Upasakas Zhou Xuande and Zhu Shilung were alive, through their introduction I met the Great Master Hua several times and received much praise and encouragement from him. After the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas was completed in Ukiah, I went with my wife, daughter, and son-in-law to worship the Buddhas there. This year Professor Yang Fusen notified me of the Venerable Master’s birthday celebration and said the Master might come to Long Beach to attend the celebration. I was planning to go. But the Venerable Master, for reasons of poor health, was unable to receive the worship of the guests from all directions. When I received the obituary from Professor Yang, my grief knew no bounds. I have sent a couplet in mourning to express my respect.
May the Dharma Realm have a limitless future.
July 15, 1995
Further, the Venerable Master instructed that his ashes be scattered in empty space out of a wish to be modest and frugal. However, I wonder if you could take the feelings of the faithful laity in the ten directions into consideration, and bury the Master’s ashes according to ordinary custom, without building a temple or pagoda. That would be more economical than scattering the ashes in space, which would require a plane. Please consider this suggestion.
On the completion of stillness of the Great Master Hua
We can trace his name back to the shores of the Sea of Liao.
In this time when it is so difficult to propagate the Dharma,
Where can we hear the Lion’s Roar again?
To save the world, one must have cultivation as a basis.
Gazing at the chaos and disorder all around,
I send my recollections far away to Vulture Peak in the clouds.
In respectful mourning,