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The Master was a first-seated monk at Lingyan Mountain Monastery of Suzhou Province. Already an accomplished Chan cultivator, he then aspired towards the Dharma-door of Pure Land and upheld the Buddha’s name. He entered the “seclusion of life and death” at Lingyan Mountain, and resolved to be born in the Pure Land. He wrote the volume Entering the Room of Fragrant Light, which promotes recitation of the Buddha’s name. From that he obtained a response whereby several tens of sharira fell from his lamp. People were astounded by this miracle, and it inspired many to begin reciting the Buddha’s name. The Dharma Master had an amiable and yielding disposition like that of a gentle breeze and a soft rain. He was also someone who had true cultivation and actual certification, which were attested to by his dignified bearing. The Master entered the stillness at Lingyan Mountain. Forever he will act as a lofty model for us. He is eminently worthy of our esteem.
This Dharma Master was very learned, and he wrote eloquently. Though he was a Chan cultivator, he had considerable attainment in his learning. The Master was a first-seated monk at Lingyan Mountain Monastery of Suzhou Province. He was a senior monk who entered seclusion. He did not come out to lead the assembly in cultivation; instead, he practiced on his own. He was a native of Jiangxi Province.
Already an accomplished Chan cultivator, he had become enlightened through his Chan practice. He then aspired towards the Dharma Door of Pure Land and upheld the Buddha's name. After his enlightenment, he faithfully recited Amitabha Buddha's great name of six characters (of Chinese transliteration), "Na Mo A-Mi-Tuo-Fo." He entered "the seclusion of life and death" at Lingyan Mountain, and resolved to be born in the Pure Land. Having entered seclusion, he never came out again nor did he ever go anywhere else. Throughout his entire life, he remained in seclusion. He was determined to be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss.
He wrote the volume "Entering the Room of Fragrant Light." As far as I know there is this one book, which promotes the Dharma of Reciting the Buddha's Name. Since he had thoroughly expounded the Dharma door of Reciting the Buddha's name, he obtained a response whereby several tens of sharira fell from his lamp. People were astounded by this miracle. They thought it remarkable. Subsequently, it had vastly inspired many to bring forth the resolve to recite the Buddha's name. Therefore, many people were convinced that the Dharma door of reciting the Buddha's name was inconceivable. Thereupon they all resolved to recite the Buddha's name, too.
The Dharma Master had an amiable and yielding disposition like that of a gentle breeze and a soft rain. He had a very gentle, compassionate manner. He was very compatible and easy to get along with. He was also someone who had true cultivation and actual certification, which were attested to by his dignified bearing. He stressed true cultivation and emphasized actual certification. His external bearing was the result of the level of cultivation he had achieved. Because he was pure and clean inwardly, outwardly, he inspired those who saw him to bring forth respect.
The Master entered the Stillness at Lingyan Mounain. Forever he will act as a lofty model for us. He will serve as a standard, a good model, for later generations. He is eminently worthy of our esteem. Everyone can look up to him as an inspiring model.
A verse of praise says:
Hidden in Lingyan of Suzhou were dragons and elephants.
The elder master Yinguang erected this wayplace.
Master Liaoran entered seclusion and cultivated the Pure Land Dharma.
The sea-vast assembly gathered like clouds in the Buddha-Recitation Hall.
"Entering the room of Fragrant Light" beckoned the appearance of sharira.
Transcending the wheel of birth and death, he arrived at the land of lotuses.
Enlightened to the Patience of Non-production, he ascended to superior rebirth.
May the Master remember his original vows, and reverse the boat of compassion!
Hidden in Lingyan of Suzhou were dragons and elephants. Lingyan Mountain in Suzhou Province was a place where dragons coiled and tigers crouched. Many Good and Wise Advisors went there to cultivate. The elder master Yinguang erected this way-place. Dharma Master Yinguang built this Pure Land Wayplace— for practicing the Dharma of Buddha recitation.
Master Liaoran entered seclusion and cultivated the Pure Land Dharma. He remained in seclusion until his death, exclusively cultivating the Pure Land Dharma door. The sea-vast assembly gathered like clouds in the Buddha-Recitation Hall. People flocked in from all directions, assembling like a great ocean. The pure sea-like assembly of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas gathered together like clouds in the Buddha-recitation hall. They all came to recite the Buddha's name.
"Entering the room of Fragrant Light" beckoned the appearance of sharira. After the completion of this book, there was a response whereby sharira fell from his lamp. Transcending the wheel of birth and death, he arrived at the land of lotuses. Through Buddha recitation he was able to put an end to birth and death, and go to the realm of lotuses— the Lotus Land of Ultimate Bliss.
Enlightened to Non-production, he ascended to superior rebirth. He enlightened to the Dharma of Non-production, wherein he neither saw the slightest dharma arise nor the slightest dharma cease to be. He attained the skill of being able to endure in his mind. By means of this skill, he attained superior birth of the superior grade.
May the Master remember his original vows, and reverse the boat of compassion! He won't go against his former vows. Having accomplished Buddhahood, he will return to teach and transform living beings. Having been reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss and become a Buddha, he will turn the boat of compassion around, come to the Saha world, and save living beings.
Volunteer Teachers Wanted
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) needs long-term volunteer teachers to teach a variety of courses at the elementary, high school, and university levels. We welcome capable individuals who have a firm resolve, do not crave benefits, and will follow the Six Guidelines of CTTB: not contending, not being greedy, not seeking, not being selfish, not pursuing personal gain, and not lying. People who are ready to leave an urban life-style and want to lead a simple but fulfilling spiritual life are welcome to apply for a volunteer teaching position. We are also looking for people with backgrounds in physical education, gardening, handicrafts, and dormitory counseling. There are no restrictions of age, gender or nationality.
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