THE BODHI MIRROR
Dharma Master Wu-ming, a native of Shang-shui, Honan Province, was born in 1911. His Dharma name is Jen-en. His lay name is Lee Lin-ch'uan (a.k.a. Chun-ying). During his childhood he was extremely clever. At seven years of age he entered primary school and he lead his classmates to join him in carving a Buddha image which he then bowed to and worshipped. This was an early indication of his good roots.
He left the home life when he was fourteen years old at
Kuan-yin Tower in Hopei Province, bowing to the Elder Neng-ching as his Master.
Afterwards he studied at Chi-le Buddhist College. He received the Complete
Precepts at Kuei-yuan Ch'an Monastery, Han-yang county, Hupei Province, when he
was twenty years old. The next year he made a pilgrimage to P'u-t'o Mountain in
Nan-hai Province. He then became guest prefect and secretary of Liu-yun Ch'an
Monastery in Shanghai, and held the position of superintendent there for more
than ten years.
| In 1949 Dharma Master
Wu-ming went to Taiwan and there
became superintendent of Shih-pu Monastery and Ling-yun Monastery. He assisted
Dharma Masters Tao-yuan and Pai-sheng in transmitting the Complete Precepts more
than ten times. In 1959 he obtained a plot of land and with donations gathered
for the purpose, erected Hu-kuo Tapei Temple. In 1960 he established another
temple, named Hai-ming, and became its first Abbot. He then traveled to the
United States where he lectured on the Dharma at various universities, including
Harvard, and at many Buddhist Associations. After his return to Taiwan, he
founded Hai-ming Buddhist College, an institute concerned with the education of
novice monks. Dharma Master Wu-ming has also authored several books.
In August 1976, Dharma Master Wu-ming headed a delegation of Taiwan Buddhists on a propagation pilgrimage to the United States.
|The delegation of distinguished and high-ranking bhiksus and bhiksunis were greeted by members of the Sino-American Buddhist Association with chants and songs at the San Francisco International Airport and then escorted to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas where members of the delegation joined the Venerable Master Hsuan-hua in administering the Complete Precepts of the Thousand Buddhas at the historic first precept platform held at the new Buddhist City. Dharma Master Wu-ming presided as one of the Seven Certifiers during the transmission. Dharma Master Wu-ming also offered instruction and gave Dharma talks on several occasions during his stay at the Sino-American Buddhist Associationís centers, both at Talmage and in San Francisco, and gave his promise to return again to aid in the work of establishing Buddhism in the West.|