biography of the
(Continued from issue #46)
by the Venerable Tripitaka Master Hua
ACCOMPANIED BY HIS COUSIN, LEAVES BEHIND LAY LIFE #15
Between the Master and his first cousin Pu Kuo was a deep bond of brotherly friendship and respect. Fu Kuo also had previously explored the Buddhadharma, and had the same aspiration as the Master, so they amicably traveled the path together. In his nineteenth year, the Master, accompanied by Pu Kuo, started the journey to Kuo Shan in Pu Chou to leave home. Before leaving, he wrote the "Ode to the Skinbag" which he left behind for the T'ien and T'an women.
The Gatha says:
The Buddha instructed his first cousin, crossing over Ananda
The Master brought along Pu Kuo, and ascended Ku Shan Mountain.
Diverging pathways all return to a single origin;
to the courageous Buddha was the Master Yun.