In 1948, after 3,000 miles of travel, Master Hsuan Hua arrived at Nanhua Monastery and bowed before the Venerable Master Hsu Yun, who was then 109 years old. The Elder Master Yun, the 44th Patriarch from Shakyamuni Buddha, immediately recognized and certified Master Hua’s spiritual accomplishments and transmitted to him the wonderful mind-to-mind seal of all Buddhas. Thus, the Master became the 45th Patriarch from Shakyamuni Buddha, the 19th Patriarch in China from the Venerable Bodhidharma, and the 9th Patriarch of the Wei Yang Sect. This is how Master Hua described the occasion:
The Noble Yun saw me and said, “Thus it is”.
I saw the Noble Yun and verified, “Thus it is”.
The Noble Yun and I both Thus,
Universally vow that all beings will also be Thus.
This is my response to both of you, Masters of Masters, whom as fate would have it, I was not able to meet in this life:
Thus it was, thus it is, thus it shall be
Thus-thus it can only be and be only thus
In true thusness you repose, forever thus
Humbly at your feet I’m one with thusness.