THE BODHI SEAL OF THE PATRIARCHS
Venerable Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua
The Buddha manifested in the world in Central India as the son of the King Shuddhodana. He renounced the position of Wheel-turning Sage King, left the home-life, accomplished the unsurpassed Way, and turned the great Dharma Wheel. At age seventy-nine, he entered Parinirvana, after transmitting the Proper Dharma Eye Treasury to his lofty disciple Mahakasyapa. He also named Ananda the second in line to inherit the transmission. Moreover he gave Great Kasyapa a golden samghati robe to transmit to Maitreya Buddha in the future, speaking the following transmission verse:
At its base the Dharma is no Dharma,
And this Dharma of no Dharma is also Dharma;
Now, transmitting that no Dharma,
How can there be any Dharma?
A verse in praise of Shakyamuni Buddha says:
In his ten-thousand virtues' adorning,
Not a single mote of dust exists.
For forty-nine years of excellent records,
In the end he twirled a flower, smiled,
And transmitted to Kasyapa the Proper Dharma Eye Treasury,
Which the thousand Sages do not recognize.
EVERYTHING’S A TEST,
TO SEE WHAT YOU WILL DO;
MISTAKING WHAT’S BEFORE YOUR FACE,
YOU’LL HAVE TO START ANEW.