Pictorial Biography of the Venerable Master
Continued from issue #57
by the Venerable Master Hua
In the ninth month of the T'ung Chih period, the cyclical year Keng Wu, the Master was thirty-one years old. He traveled to Lung Ch'uan (Dragon Spring) Temple on Hua Ting peak of T'ien T'ai mountain, where he bowed in reverence to the Venerable Dharma Master Yung Ching. After a long while, Master Ching said, "You have such a strange appearance; are you a member of the Sangha, a Taoist, or a layman?"
The Master answered, "A Sangha member."
He further asked, "Have you received the precepts?"
The Master answered, "I have received the complete precepts."
"Who taught you to practice in this manner?" asked the Venerable Ching.
"I am emulating the method used by the ancient cultivators," said the Master.
The Venerable Ching replied, "You know how to sustain your body, but you do not know how to guard your mind."
The Gatha says:
Ting peak's Dragon Spring Temple
should be grateful for these days of the past,