As a good model for ten thousand generations, he created lasting merit. His merit in Buddhism was certainly very great.
From last issue: Master Jingcan was given a beating for uttering a polite sentence. After that he asked the Venerable Monk to take care of himself, and then he departed.
Not long afterwards, in just a short while, Dhyana Master Bianshan entrusted his robe, alms bowl, and dust-whisk to him. These are the Dharma articles used by an abbot. In the year of binxu of the Sunzhi reign period, he inherited the abbotship from Bianshan. He became the abbot at Bian Mountain. In his old age he lived at Jinxian ("Golden Immortal") Monastery in Gusu, which is Suzhou [Sichuan Province].
The Master's virtue and practice were extraordinary. Ordinary people couldn't compare to him. He was an outstanding individual that history has not seen the likes of ever again. He encouraged the assembly by setting an example of himself. No matter what he was doing, he always set a good example by putting the principles into practice himself. He would do the things that no one else was willing to do. In the spring of the year of wuxu, he departed in a sitting position. He completed the stillness. A full-body stupa was erected at Bianshan (Bian Mountain), north of the bridge on Za River. He lived for fifty-nine years, and twenty-some disciples inherited his Dharma.
A verse in praise says:
A fruit fell from the treetop,
Triggering an instantaneous breakthrough.
He plumbed the depths of the Dharma
And seized Baizhang's banner.
He assumed the abbotship at the peak of Bian,
And the unicorn tracks followed in continual succession.
His spiritual Way spread across the whole country:
An ancient Buddha at Golden Immortal.
A fruit fell from the treetop, hitting the tile with a "plop," triggering an instantaneous breakthrough. He was greatly enlightened right then and there.
He plumbed the depths of the Dharma, understand the true source of the Dharma, and seized Baizhang's banner. He captured Baizhang's banner at Baizhang's place. Actually, he didn't take it over by force. He was simply so outstanding that someone transmitted the Dharma to him. He assumed the abbotship at the peak of Bian. He was the abbot at Bian Mountain. And the unicorn tracks followed in continual succession. Since he conducted himself in such a lofty and noble manner, his disciples were all extraordinary people, comparable to the unicorn. Unicorns are humane creatures, in that they are careful never to tread on living things. They can't bear to step on ants or insects and crush them to death. Since they have such compassion, they are considered very auspicious animals. They are also very rare, and the path they walk is not the same as that of other beings. So the text says that "the unicorn tracks followed in succession." His disciples were all very outstanding, and there was an unending succession of them.
His spiritual Way spread across the whole country, reaching every corner of the world. He was like an ancient Buddha at Golden Immortal Monastery, turning the ship of compassion around to teach living beings.
Another verse says:
The son of Zhu from Jinling, the Venerable Jincan,
Cultivated in quiet seclusion, reciting the spiritual texts.
When the tree swayed, the ripe fruit broke from the stem and fell.
Amidst floral scent and birdsong, there was a great turnaround.
He faced reality and took the test.
Hearing about emptiness, he awakened to his past lives.
To exhort the assembly, he himself set a good example.
A model for ten thousand generations, he created lasting merit.
A certain shameless person who had nothing better to do decided to show off his amateur skills and write a few useless verses, messing up the blank white paper. His verse says: The son of Zhu from Jinling, known as the Venerable Jincan after he left the home-life, cultivated in quiet seclusion, reciting the spiritual texts. No one knew he was there, because he never did any publicity for himself. He never went on television or radio to promote himself. He just recited Sutras and mantras on his own, allowing them to saturate his mind.
When the tree swayed in the wind, the ripe fruit broke from the stem and fell with a plop on a piece of tile. He was like a ripe melon falling from the vine. Amidst floral scent and birdsong, there was a great turnaround. Smelling the fragrance of the flowers and listening to the birds chirping, he understood. He became enlightened and experienced a turnaround. He awakened to birth and death. He was like a dead person coming back to life.
After his enlightenment, he faced reality and took the test that Dhyana Master Bianshan gave him to certify his state. Hearing about the principle of true emptiness, he awakened to his past lives. He comprehended what his past lives were all about. To exhort the assembly, he himself set a good example. He could encourage everyone to practice; he was able to serve as a representative and model for them. So as a good model for ten thousand generations, he created lasting merit. His merit in Buddhism was certainly very great.