PICTORIAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE VENERABLE MASTER
Continued from issue 65
Composed by the Venerable
THUS IS THE CAUSE; THUS IS THE RESULT #31
On P'u T'o Island, the Master extensively visited monasteries and temples. During the tenth month of that year, the tide washed up a huge fish, which was left in the sand a thousand paces from the water. It was very large, its eye being as large as a tub. The fishermen cut open its belly to reveal two small wooden boats. There were also a number of hair ornaments among other personal effects. The fish was used to construct a shelter for those walking along the seashore, admonishing people that one creates causes and then undergoes the retribution of their result. At that time, the tide also brought forth a headless dragon king, who appeared before everyone.
The Gatha says:
Receiving the Horse Feed and Spear retributions'
the Buddha is thus esteemed;
Our Master Yun encountered a fish
with marvelous mystery.
Such is the cause and such its effect,
and such is the retribution,
The celestial net, all-embracing,
spreads forth impartially.
1See VBS #12, p.20, for a similar event in the life of Sakyamuni Buddha.