① Venerable Dushun was the First Patriarch of the Huayan (Flower Adornment) School. He was a virtuous monk who never tried to gain benefits from others. He worked in the fields during the day and recited the Flower Adornment Sutra when he returned to the temple at night.
"I've been studying the Dharma with my teacher for over ten years, and as far as I can tell, he's just an ordinary person; I haven't learned anything from him. I might as well make a pilgrimage to Wutai (Five Peaks) Mountain to worship Manjushri Bodhisattva.
②Disciple:"Master, I'd like to go to Wutai Mountain to bow to Manjushri Bodhisattva!"
Master:"There's no need for you to go. If you stay here and cultivate, it's the same as bowing to Manjushri Bodhisattva at Wutai Mountain."
But the foolish disciple said, "Teacher, I've made a vow to do this pilgrimage. Please let me go!" The Master finally agreed to let him go.
③Before he left, the Master said, "I have two letters I'd like you to take along for me and deliver on your way. One is for Madam Green. The other is for Old Mother Zhu."
④When the disciple reached the address that was written on Madam Green's letter, she turned out to be a prostitute.
⑤Madam Green took the letter, read it, and said, "Good! My work is done. I'm leaving, too." Then she sat down and died on the spot.
⑥The disciple was getting suspicious. "What's my teacher doing writing letters to a prostitute?" he wondered. When he picked up the letter and read it, he found out that Madam Green was really Guanyin Bodhisattva.
⑦The disciple took up the other letter and headed for Old Mother Zhu’s place. She turned out to be an old sow.
⑧The sow took the letter and read it, and then she died on the spot, too! When the disciple looked at the letter, it showed the old pig was a transformation body of Universal Worthy Bodhisattva.
⑨Still not having any idea of what was going on, the disciple continued on his way.
When he arrived at Wutai Mountain, he saw an old man, who asked him, "What have you come here for?"
"I came to bow to Manjushri Bodhisattva."
"You've come such a long way to bow, but you don't bow to your own teacher, who isManjushri Bodhisattva! You have really renounced what is at hand to seek what is afar!" So saying, the old man disappeared.
⑩The disciple finally woke up and rushed back, only to find that his teacher had entered the stillness days before. It was too late!