of the Patriarchs
Yogacara Tripitaka Master
--Written by the Venerable Master Hua
by Disciple Bhiksu Heng Shoou
The Master was a native of Greater India. In his youth he went on an
expedition to China with his uncle, a merchant. While there he met with
the Vajra-master Chih (Vajra bodhi), who transmitted the principles of
Yogacara, including the method of the Susiddhi to him, along with the Five
Classics of India, including the Sabdavidya, a classic on granular. The
master later traveled the length of India, finally arriving in Ceylon.
There he met Master Lung Chih (Dragon Wisdom) who taught him the method
for establishing an altar, as well as teaching him over five hundred
sastras and sutras.
Ceylon he returned to China, arriving in Canton where he met the
Provincial Recorder, Liu Chu Chi. With the official's help the Master
established an altar to perform the Consecration ceremony of Anointing the
Crown. They were able to evoke a response and Manjusri personally
the first year of T'ien Pao (742 C.E.) the Master used mantras and
wizardry to save the city from besieging barbarians from the West. When
they saw the Four Heavenly Kings appear on the battlements of the city,
the barbarians fled. Pictures and a full report of the action were drawn
up and sent to the Emperor, who honored the Master with the title National
Master Kuan Ting (Anointing the Crown).
Master translated over 77 sutras in 120 rolls. In the ninth year of the
period Ta Li (775 C.E.) the Master became ill. While he was on his
sickbed, the Emperor offered to install him as Duke of Chou, but the
Master refused saying, "What need have I to steal more honors?"
He set his body in a Mahamudra, entered Samadhi, and died. The Emperor
awarded him the posthumous title of Ta Pien Cheng Kuang Chih Tripitaka
Master, 'Vast Discrimination, Proper and Profound Wisdom.' When his body
was cremated, over one hundred sarira were obtained.
eulogy in his praise says:
in the position of anointing the crown,
Master was adorned with Vairocana's seal.
stillness his heart evoked a response,
like an echo, resounded in turn.
noble Manjusri displayed his form,
the heavenly kings obeyed his commands.
this not the secret merit?
he not the ineffable sage?
Master Not Empty, you should be empty tool
eyebrows dangled, touching the earth, comprehending the genuine
the efficacy of Manjusri, and the secret Susiddhi,
anointing the crown he entered into the clan of the Dharma King.
Ceylon, the Lion Land, you traveled far and near,
in Five Sheep City, Canton in the South,
enabled many living beings to cross over the murk.
the Western lands and the Land of Han, your merit and virtue's a gauge,
from afar I bow in respect, to you my compassionate Lord.
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