Biography of the Venerable Master
by the Venerable Master Hua
by a Student of Prajna
by Disciple Bhiksu Heng Yo
REALTIVES ALSO LEAVE THE HOME LIFE BEHIND #22
the Master's father had returned to Hsiang hsiang, he thought of his wife1, and
knew that he was also soon to die. He remembered his son who had fled from home,
and overcome with grief and worry, he left the world. The Master's stepmother Wong, moved by his death, encouraged the Master's
two wives to go forth from home as Bhiksunis, which they all did. His stepmother
Wong was given the dharma name Miao Ching (Wonderful Purity); his wife T'ien was
named Chen Chieh (True Purity); and the dharma name of his wife T'an was Ch'ing
Chieh (Pristine Chastity). They single-mindedly repented of their numerous
karmic obstacles, let go of the threads of defilement, and sought rebirth in the
Land of Ultimate Bliss in order to see Amitabha Buddha.
kinsmen and relatives are the demons of Buddha-lands,
were the very reason for the sage's trouble and adversity.
to arrive at the other shore, he turned his head to see it,
confusion he returned to awaken, thanks to Devadatta.2
See #5. The Master's mother died while giving birth to him.
2 Devadatta was a rival cousin of Sakyamuni Buddha who tried to harm him.