Bodhi Seal of the Patriarchs
MING DYNASTY VINAYA MASTER KU
HSIN JU HSING
OF HUI YUN MOUNTAIN
--composed by Tripitaka Master Hua
--translated by Disciple Bhiksuni Heng Yin
The Master was a native of Li Yang in Chiang Nan. He was the
son of the Yang Family. When he was born a rare fragrance pervaded the neighborhood. On his face
were 36 red spots. As a young man he went to She Mountain and had his head shaved.
In the past he had made vast vows to journey on foot to Ch'ing Liang Mountain. This moved the Bodhisattva Manjusri to transmit a robe
to him and to rub him on the crown of the head and say, "I have just transmitted the precepts to you. " As he
heard the words, the Master was suddenly enlightened to the mind ground Dharma door of the five sections and the three grounds.
He specialized in holding the pure precepts as pristinely as sparkling frost.
word hsing in the master's name means "fragrant," as the Master held
the precepts purely.
a past life he vowed to walk to Ch'ing Liang Mountain, that is, Wu T'ai
Mountain. Because he was old, however, his legs wouldn't help him out. Since he
couldn't walk, he made the vow, and in his next incarnation he fulfilled it.
"I can't visit Wu T'ai Mountain in this life," he said, "but I
shall most certainly do so in my next life."
When he finally
arrived at Wu T'ai Mountain the Bodhisattva Manjusri was moved. He patted the
Master on the head and said, "Because you have come to Wu T'ai Mountain, I
have transmitted the precepts to you." The Master didn't know it was
Manjusri Bodhisattva at the time, but he became enlightened just as he heard the
Bodhisattva speak. It was only later that he knew that it was Manjusri. He
understood that the Five Sections and the Three Groups, which are divisions of
the Vinaya, or moral code, arise from the mind-ground. The Master maintained the
precepts as cleanly as ice, frozen solid without a speck of dust in it.
built the Ku Lin Hermitage where he caused the Dharma of the precepts to
flourish. Emperor Shen Tsung conferred the purple robe upon him and commanded
the Master to go to Wu T'ai Mountain to transmit the precepts to him. Clouds of
congratulations formed in space. The Emperor gave him the title Vinaya Master
Hut Yun. Twelve people obtained his Dharma and the vinaya door was opened wide.
verse in his praise runs:
stretched out his arm,
the pure precepts were perfectly realized.
conduct, like that of Upali,
to beings he appeared.
and men both rejoiced
his profound transformations and spiritual skill.
sun of the vinaya forever blazes
verse in his praise runs:
was born with strange marks,
of them, scattered like stars
across his face.
he made a vast vow
visit Mt. Ch'ing Liang;
the present his difficult practices
him of vexation.
rubbed him on the crown
personally gave him the precepts;
testified that he had left
wisdom cloud gave its shade
the entire trichiliocosm;
people obtained his Dharma
the vinaya greatly flourished.
MOUNTAIN DAILY SCHEDULE SPRING QUARTER, 1974
3:40 Morning Boards
Meditation (three one hour periods interspersed with walking meditation)
Monastery Work, Translation, etc.
High Heal Offering
12:00 Monastery Work, Translation, etc.
Language Lesson (Sanskrit, Spanish, Elementary and Advanced Chinese
during Spring Quarter)
Meditation (one Hour)
Evening Recitation and Sutra Lecture
Ten Thousand Buddha Repentance
Bowing to Patriarchs
schedules include additional Sutra Lectures at 12:30 on Saturday and Sunday, and
the Medicine Master Repentance at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning.