BODHI SEAL OF THE PATRIARCHS
Born in India into the Pai family, the Venerable Buddhacinga
arrived at Loyang in 311 C.E., the fourth year of the Yung Chia reign
period. According to tradition he lived more than a hundred years.
The Master had an opening in his side, which he ordinarily
plugged with a ball of cotton. Whenever he removed the plug light poured
forth and lit up the entire room.
that particular time in history, the troops of the usurper Shih Lei were
ravaging the countryside, slaying countless innocent people.
Buddhacinga decided to visit Shih Lei hoping to influence him to
be less cruel. When he arrived, the Emperor demanded a test of his
spiritual powers, whereupon the Master drew forth his begging bowl and
chanted a mantra over it. A blue lotus immediately appeared within,
floating on a pool of water. Dazzling beams of light radiated everywhere
and Shih Lei could barely open his eyes for all the brightness. From
that moment on he always believe in Buddhacinga.
Emperor Chi Lung, who was the next to ascend the throne, showed even greater faith and reverence for the Master. When he was finally ready to leave the world, Buddhacinga traveled to the palace to bid farewell to the Emperor. The Emperor cried, "But Master, why must you cast me aside and leave me behind?"
Buddhacinga replied, "Whatever is born must certainly die. This is the inviolable law of the Way. When one's life-span has already been set, he can neither extend nor decrease it. Bear in mind these words as you rule the land: if the country cherishes the Buddhadharma, establishing monasteries and aiding people who wish to enter the Sangha, blessings and felicity will definitely abound. However, if your reign is cruel and tyrannical, and if you blatantly disregard the principles of the Sutras, disastrous calamities will ensue." Then, the Venerable Buddhacinga sat upright and departed.
after his burial, a traveling bhiksu reported that he had seen
Buddhacinga walking toward the mountain passes which lead away from
Ch'ang An. When Emperor Chi Lung was informed of this, he ordered his
workmen to dig up the grave. When the last of the earth had been scraped
away and the coffin lid finally pried open, the Emperor found that
nothing remained within except a single stone.
eulogy to Buddhacinga states:
tyranny of Shih Lei was as savage
the raging of a wild tiger.
tell, why did the Master come?
Was it to play at being the Emperor's guest?
beamed forth a myriad brilliant rays
And genuinely practiced humane compassion.
appearance was like the moon's reflection
in a pool of water;
departure was as rapid
As the passing of an illusory cloud."
Although the Sanskrit reconstruction of this name is far from certain, the suggestion Buddhacinga for Fo T’uo Ch’eng makes good sense. R. L. Turner, A Comparative Dictionary of the Indo-Aryan Languages, London (1966), #4785 cinga ‘young bird’, modern ‘child’; so it might be equivalent to ‘Buddha son’.
--Chinese text below--
“Swiftly, swiftly may he speed
one occasion the Master Hsuan Hua said:
"Having heard me speak about the wonder of empty space, someone wants to become empty space. He says, "Hey, there was one time when I was meditating and several times when I was listening to Sutras when there wasn't anything at all. It was just like empty space. It was really like this. I saw it..."
What did you see? You still haven't realized emptiness. If you were empty how could you know you were like empty space? If you were empty how could you, moreover, see empty space? If you were empty how could you have the feeling that you were like empty space? Look into this yourself and see if you are empty or not. If you are empty how can there still be a "you"? How can you have an "I feel"? Is this "I feel" empty?