A pictorial biography of the
from issue 39
by the Venerable Tripitaka Master Hua
Translated by Disciple Bhiksu Heng Yo
Illustrated by a Student of Prajna
HUGE WHALE YIELDS TO THE DHARMA BOAT1 #8
the second lunar month of the first year of the Hsien Feng reign period,2
the Master's father went to Taiwan to transact some business; he was
accompanied by the Master. They boarded a small ocean-going vessel and
sailed into the open sea where they soon encountered a monstrous whale,
which looked as broad as a mountain as it was more than a half a mile in
length. Everyone on board became alarmed and all together they began to
recite the name of the greatly compassionate Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.
In a short time the whale sank into the depths.
the dragons of heaven make obeisance, there is nothing to delight in,
much more is a giant whale, which submits just a common affair.
people do not know, and think of this as strange,
those who understand have eyes, and tap the Dharma's source.
1Two meanings of the word chia
come through in this
a vehicle is the "Dharma
boat" and 2) a yoke,
with the idea of yoking or controlling.