PICTORIAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE VENERABLE MASTER

HSU YUN

Continued from issue #66

Composed by the Venerable Master Hua
Illustrated by a student of Prajna
Translated by Disciple Bhiksu Heng Yo

SEES A GOLDEN DRAGON AT CH'AO-YANG CAVE #32

      Moreover at that time, there was a golden-scaled dragon in the tremendous breakers which swelled from the sea in front of Ch'ao-yang cave.  Although its entire body, four legs, and fish-like tail were all visible, its head was not. After a while it submerged. Perhaps this dragon appeared, sensing that a highly virtuous, eminent Sangha member had arrived, and came out to welcome him. It was an immortal guardian spirit who showed its respect by extending its projection.

The Gatha says:

Out in front of the Ch'ao-yang cave,

He saw a golden dragon,

Itís entire body of golden hue,

Itís four legs visible.

Why indeed I ask you,

Now came this apparition?

Destined for the other shore,

He was a sagely man.