pictorial biography of the
(Continued from issue #41)
by the Venerable Tripitaka Master Hua
READING THE INCENSE MOUNTAIN TRANSMISSION AND RESOLVING TO LEAVE THE HOME LIFE #10
The storerooms of the Master's house were full of very old books. Looking them over, he found a volume called the Incense Mountain Transmission, which describes the life of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. Upon reading it, he was deeply influenced and was determined to go forth from the home in the future to cultivate the Way. He did not lone for the honor of the Purple Cord, nor did he wish to have a red door indicative of wealth. He decided that a life of simplicity would exemplify his resolution, to practice his pure and lofty ideals.
The Gatha says:
Resolving: his thoughts on the Bodhi mind, he understood what's basic,
This was the ideal he embraced, rising through galaxies
If someone now were to peruse the Incense Mountain Transmission,
Perhaps they'd have the Master's will and hope to become a sage.