The Bodhi Seal of the Patriarchs
The Thirty-third Patriarch
Dhyana Master Hui An from Sung Yo
translated by Bhikshunis Heng Ch'ih and Heng Wen
The Master was from Ching Chiang County in Ching Chou Province. His family name was Wei. In the Sui Dynasty, the K'ai Huang period, people who left the home life without imperial permission were defrocked. To avoid this problem, the Master entered deep into the mountains to cultivate. In the year Ta Yeh, the emperor drafted laborers to construct the T'ung Chi Canal. Famine ensued and these people were starving to death. The Master would go beg and then give his offerings to them, thereby saving many lives.
Later he went to Heng Yu Mountain to practice asceticism. In the Tang dynasty, the Chen Kuan period, he went to pay his respects on the Fifth Patriarch, Great Master Huang Mei. Thereupon he received the essence of the Mind. From then on his renown grew far and wide.
Arriving at Sung Shao he said, "This is where I will stay." He practiced Ch'an. In the second year of the Shen Lung period, the emperor bestowed upon him a Great Robe, venerated him as his teacher, made offerings to him, and requested that he abide in the palace. The Master did so for three years. Then he returned to Sung Yo. That same year on the eighth day of the third month, he closed his door, sat in repose, and left. He lived to be 128 years old. According with his last request, his disciples placed his body in the forest. A fire started spontaneously and cremated the remains. There were 80 sharira found.
A verse in his praise says:
Practicing in the mountains,
he sat in a hut,
He hid from the world
as a hermit, entering the deep woods.
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