愚癡弟子 羅凱文稽首 6/23/94
For the Venerable Master's Compassionate Reflection:
Last night when the Ven. Master unexpectedly asked me, "How's your study of the Avatamsaka Sutra coming?" a hundred feelings arose at once, and I didn't know what to say. I remember how excited I was when I finished reading the Sutra for the first time. The principles in the Avatamsaka Sutra are simply too true. It's an inconceivably wonderful Sutra. From that time on, whether I'm bowing to the Buddha or the Ven. Master, or listening to the Sutra lecture, my heart is filled with gratitude. I'm grateful for the Buddha's compassion and the Ven. Master's tireless lecturing on sutras and speaking of Dharma.
Although I've only taken refuge with the Ven. Master for three years, I realize that for several decades, he has been promoting education and the translation of sutras, establishing Way-places, and turning the great Dharma Wheel, in order to liberate confused living beings from the sea of birth and death. In the process, the Master has often been slandered by deviant demons and non-Buddhists, and has even been misunderstood by his own disciples. Yet he continues to propagate the proper Dharma, in the spirit of "With great kindness and compassion rescue everyone. Spare neither blood nor sweat, and never pause to rest." (Editor's note: This is from the poem White Universe composed by the Venerable Master.) The Patriarchs' Mind Dharma is transmitted in a continuing lineage. To slander the Ven. Master is to slander Shakyamuni Buddha, Burning Lamp Buddha, and all the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions and three periods of time. It's said, "If one doesn't wish to fall into the Unintermittent Hell, then one shouldn't slander the Thus Come One's proper Dharma Wheel." I always tell people that the Ven. Master has deep insights and unparalleled wisdom in handling affairs. We should never use our common mind to try to fathom the states of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
For over ten years, the Ven. Master has frequently invited good knowing advisors from various places to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for his disciples to meet and learn from. Although I don't have the wisdom and virtue of the Youth Good Wealth, how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to learn from good knowing advisors from different places. The Ven. Master's painstaking effort brings tears of shame to my eyes. I hope the Buddhas of the ten directions will emit great light, enable all the virtuous people in the world to gather at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and work hard for the propagation of Buddhism and the proper Dharma so that the light of dawn will appear in this dark Dharma Ending Age.
You might count every thought, numerous as atoms in all lands,
You might drink entirely the mighty oceans deep,
You might measure all of space, or harness fast the wind,
But no one could ever finish praising the virtues of the Buddha.
Foolish disciple Alex Lo bows in respect June 23, 1994