Biography of the
--Continued from issue #42
By TRIPITAKA MASTER HSUAN HUA
--Translated by Disciple Bhiksu Heng Yo
--Illustrated by a Student of Prajna
OFFERING INCENSE IN THE ANCIENT MONASTERIES OF NAN YO #11
In the eighth month of the cyclical year Jen Tzu (AD 1852) the Master accompanied his uncle on a pilgrimage, visiting temples. He offered up incense at all of the famous places of Heng Shan, Nan Yo Mountain, and bowed to the Bodhisattvas in the ancient shrines. As if he were again roaming through familiar ground, he was happy wherever he went and was attracted as if seeing relatives whom he had known in the past. Why knows? Perhaps in a previous life the Master was Abbot at Nan Yo Monastery, teaching and causing all living beings to resolve themselves on vigorously and courageously seeking the unsurpassed Way.
The gatha says:
Nan Yo Heng Shan Mountain, that marvelous towering peak,
Is where the successive transmission produces sagely monks.
The granite friends of past, present, and future—who recognizes whom?
the lives of ten thousand kalpas, relatives return to relatives.