(Editor's note: The following couplets were composed in the matching couplet classes held at Wonderful Words Hall. The first line of each couplet was given by the Venerable Master Hua, and the matching lines were composed by members of the fourfold assembly.)
First Line: By means of those who become enlightened first, enlighten those who become enlightened later. By means of this Way, enlighten these people.
Matching Line: Use the top match to match the bottom match. Use this principle to match this meaning.
First Line: In cultivating the Way, to hold the precept of not having money is ideal.
Matching Line: In studying Buddhism, to nurture the Bodhi mind is foremost.
First Line: Clouds gather from the ten directions; the stars and moon each strive to shine. Only those who are honest will pass the test with minds emptied and return home.
Matching Line: People flock in from the four seas, the dragons and phoenixes all sing in harmony. If one understands the meaning of (the Buddha) holding the flower, the dust is wiped off and the Buddha-nature revealed.
First Line: Empty space is empty without boundary. Particles small like nothingness are the dust of the void.
Matching Line: The Great Way is the Way that is close by. Return to the source that is the source of spontaneity.
First Line: Those who died in the water, perished on land, and encountered disaster in the air are saved together.
Matching Line: Those who are born in the sea of lust, live in the realm of love, and transmigrate in the net of emotions are liberated together.
First Line: Draw near virtuous ones and shun evil people.
Matching Line: Stay away from unwholesome friends and look to worthy scholars.
First Line: The stars and moon mingle their light. The grasses and plants, wearing smiles, welcome the sun at dawn.
Matching Line: The cumulus and rosy clouds reflect one another. The cranes and geese stretch their necks, singing the tune of autumn.
First Line: On the Wonderful Enlightenment Summit, dragons fly and lions dance.
Matching Line: Under the wheels of wind and fire, ghosts cry and spirits wail.
First Line: On an autumn night, the moon is obscure and the stars are few; during the Cold Dew, falling frost comes.
Matching Line: On a spring morning, the wind whispers and the insects buzz; during the Grain Rains, new shoots grow.
First Line: When the Sangha is harmonious and united, the nation will be prosperous.
Matching Line: When the government and people work together with one heart, there will be peace for a hundred generations to come.
First Line: The moon is in the sky and people walk on the ground; the light and shadows reflect on each other.
Matching Line: The sun shines in space and ghosts hide away in the underworld; the brightness and darkness are separated.
First Line: Eating one's fill and waiting to die, passing the time in vain: how utterly pathetic!
Matching Line: Deceiving the world with a stolen reputation, wandering from place to place: there is no greater sorrow!
First Line: The air is polluted, so we move to the moon; the three disasters are impending.
Matching Line: The mind and soul are deluded, so we sink in the Saha world; a myriad sufferings embroil us.
First Line: Honorable Chancellor Yang teaches foreign language (yang wen); Yang and yang are two different characters with the same sound.
Matching Lines: Shakya (Shi Jia) Buddha taught people in the world (shi ren); Shi and shi have the same pronunciation but different meanings.
First Line: Golden Lad Liu raised the golden knife and brandished the sharp sword; with every thrust of the knife, he slashed the air with no blood seen.
Matching Line: Zhang Chang Ren lifted the long bow and pulled the strong chord; with every shot of the bow, he hit the bull's eye.
First Line: Yang Yuchen, the general who shocked the west, conquered enemies and won battles as easily as one digs into a pocket to take something out.
Matching Line: Li Xichong, the feudal lord who governed the north, managed the state with good policy by "removing the firewood from beneath the cauldron."
First Line: Professor Tsu (Tsu also means grandfather) and National Father Sun (Sun also means grandson): of the grandfather and grandson, who is old and who is young—who knows?
Matching Line: Minister Fang (Fang also means house) and Upasika Men (Men also means door): the house and the door are two things, are they separate or joined—it is difficult to tell.
First Line: The great teacher Kong (Confucius) and the great hero Guan (Guan Gung) are two great men—one wrote the Spring and Autumn Annals, the other read Spring and Autumn Annals; it is the same Spring and Autumn Annals.
Matching Line: The Empress Wu and the Empress Xi were two Empresses—one built the nation, the other ruined the nation; it was the same nation.
First Line: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ukiah, Talmage, and The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas: the source of Western Buddhism.
Matching Line: Emei Summit, Nine Flowers Mountain, Potala Island, Five Platforms Peak, and the Cao Creek Way-place: the places where the Bodhisattvas of the Eastern Land manifest their efficaciousness.
First Line: The Minister Qin (also means 'arrest the minister') and Napoleon (sounds like 'pick up a broken wheel"); Qin arrested the two heroes: who was loyal and who was treacherous and what was the difference?
Matching Line: The scholar Luo (the gongs) and Gu (drum) Yueren (a person's name); the gong and the drum: they clink and clank, making nice sounds.
First Line: The Way of the Great Learning lies in brightening the bright virtue, in causing others to reform, and in stopping only at perfection.
Matching Line: The Doctrine of the Mean consists of rectifying the proper conduct, of being natural, and of according with the heavenly principle.
First Line: Cultivators should be like lotus flowers, dwelling in the mud yet not defiled by it, staying in the water with inherent purity.
Matching Line (A): Left-home people must be like diamonds, passing through the burning fire without being harmed, undergoing difficulties with forbearance.
(B): Great heroes are like the sun, traveling in empty space with no attachments, brightening the myriad things without becoming arrogant.
First Line: In cultivation, one must first learn tai chi, training the body and mind.
Matching Line: In practicing boxing, one must be diligent and vigorous, forgetting others and self.
First Line: The Dharma Wheel turns constantly, universally crossing living beings over to the other shore.
Matching Line: The Proper Way dwells forever, purifying and transforming the Saha world into the Land of Bliss.
First Line: In the white water spring, there is one big sky.
Matching Line: Beneath the mountain rock boulder, there are two people. [Note: in Chinese, the structure of the characters is such that 'white' + 'water' = 'spring’; 'one' + 'big' = 'sky'; 'mountain' + 'rock' = 'boulder'; 'two’ + ‘people’ = 'men']