A Pictorial Biography of the Venerable Master
(continued from issue #44)
by the Venerable Tripitaka Master Hua
SECRETLY BUT UNSUCCESSFULLY LEAVES HOME #13
When the Master was seventeen years old, he had already undergone the hardships of practicing Taoism for three years, and was indeed disappointed. He constantly thought about leaving the home life and joining the Buddhist Sangha. One day he took advantage of his uncle's being away and unaware, and furtively fled to Nan Yo. There, he would shave his head in an ancient temple, and officially leave the home-life. But he would never have guessed that on a winding mountain path, he would encounter the envois sent by his uncle to intercept and bring him back. His aspiration was not realized, and he was reproved and escorted home.
The Gatha says:
Renouncing the vulgar and leaving the dust,
he toiled to understand;
His intent was mature but
the rugged mountain's path was steep and narrow.
He lacked the Precious Thoroughbred
and the aid of the Heavenly kings,
So in the end he was overtaken
and went back home again.
To be continued