The Bodhi Seal of the Patriarchs
The Twelfth Tien Tai
HE COMPLETELY FATHOMED THE ESOTERIC INTENT. He cultivated stopping and
contemplating and attained its wonderful
intent. THEN HE GAVE WONDERFUL EXPRESSION
TO IT IN LECTURES. He used good and clever
expedient means. He would answer whatever
questions were asked. He could solve your
problems on the spot. His words flowed out
with expertise and precision. He never was
divided in his thinking WITH REGARD TO THE
NUMBER OF HIS FOLLOWING. He wouldn't feel
happy if a lot of people followed him or feel worried if he had few disciples. He taught the
same whether there were few or many to listen. He did for one what he would do for ten thousand. That's called not being
turned by the state. ONE DAY WHEN HE WAS ON THE
HIGH SEAT, TEN UNUSUAL SANGHA MEMBERS CAME IN.
THEIR AWESOME DEPORTMENT WAS APPARENT.
Everything about them was in order. Their
clothing was appropriate and their conduct
was impeccable. THEY MADE OBEISANCE TO THE
DHARMA MASTER AND SAT DOWN IN THE BACK.
A PRAISE SAYS:
THOSE WHO CAN SPEAK
In empty space, the
Sanghans bowed and disappeared. With that,
the path of words and
ANOTHER VERSE IN HIS PRAISE SAYS:
APPOINTMENT CAME FROM
At that time there was a person who came to listen to the Dharma on his knees. It's not written in the prose here and you can believe it or not. It's as I have written it. It doesn't matter to me if you believe it. This person was sick and he was bowing once every three steps. He was very poor. He came to T'ien T'ai Mountain and as he went past Master Yuan Hsiu, he came in kneeling and progressing with bows on his knees. At that time he was sick but after listening he recovered. "You made that up," you said. Okay, if you say so. So What?
Every move he made and every word he spoke was true. Other people thought he was false simply because they couldn't recognize him. They were blind. If you're phony with them and cover with politeness, they think you're great. They don't understand if you speak the truth for them. That's the way most people in the world are. They're happy if you flatter them.
So people who have left the
home life should go to
the places no one wants to go.