Bodhi Seal of the Patriarchs
THE CLOTH SACK MONK OF THE LIANG DYNASTY
The Master was from Feng Hua in Ming Chou, and, because of his propensity for sitting by a riverside, was known as Old Riverbank. No one knew his name, but because he always carried a cloth sack across his back he was known as Cloth Sack Monk. He always spoke strange and wonderful words, and could make anyone alternately laugh and weep. He was constantly chortling and was fond of playing with children.
When he passed through a marketplace, he would beg for anything he saw in an attempt to get people to establish affinities with him. One day he slapped the back of a monk, who was walking in front of him and said, "Give me a coin."
monk replied, "Tell me the way and I'll give it."
Master set down his cloth bag, and stood with his hands firmly planted on
time the monk Pao Fu asked, "What is the great meaning of the
Master then set down his cloth sack.
replied, "Is that all? Is there nothing bigger?"
Master then picked up the sack, slung it across his back, and left. Later
on, he sat upright at Yao Lin Temple on a stone and spoke the following
a hundred million transformations,
constantly reveals himself to the world,
people do not understand.
he then entered extinction, he later was seen in another province, walking
along with his cloth bag.
His eulogy reads,
1 Known in America as Ho Tai, the Japanese pronunciation of his Chinese name.