The Master was a native of Shaoxing, a son of Lu family, which had produced generations of scholars. He set his mind on leaving home. While investigating the topic often thousand dharmas returning to one, all of a sudden he heard the call of a hawk and had a great awakening. Thereupon he visited the Venerable Master Miyun ('Secret Cloud') at Jinxi. There was an immediate affinity. Venerable Mi showed the Master the verse that a boatman had spoken in response to Jiashan and asked the Master to add another line at the end. The Master responded at once, "Yingying was not as winsome as the Red Lady." Venerable Mi indicated his approval. Afterwards he studied under Venerable Master at Sanyi at Xiansheng. Venerable Yi asked him, "Have you tried seeking the fundamental Way on the Bridge for Gazing at Immortals? And did you attain it?"
The Master said, "Yesterday I spent six cents of silver and obtained a copy of Dark Sand Chronicles."
Venerable Yi said, "How can you avoid receiving thirty whacks before boarding the boat?
The Master said, "What did you say?"
The Venerable Yi appreciated his capacity and said to him, "Among the elders, you are one who escaped the net." He first dwelled at Qingliang Monastery in Wuxing. In the winter of the year of gengzi  he manifested the stillness. His disciples built a stupa for him behind the nunnery at Yincui.
This is a Patriarch of the seventy-first generation of the Caodong Sect. His name is Sanji, and he was also known as Dhyana Master Jingfu. The Master was a native of Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province, a son of the Lu family, which had produced generations of scholars. His lay surname was Lii. His ancestors had all been scholars. He set his mind on leaving home. He resolved to leave the home life. After leaving home, he investigated the topic: "The ten thousand dharmas return to one; where does the one return?" While investigating the topic of the ten thousand dharmas returning to one, he reached the point where he had no sense of self, others, living beings, or a life span, and where he had no thought of the past, present, or future—when the three thoughts and the four marks were all gone—and all of a sudden he heard the call of a hawk and had a great awakening. He became enlightened. Thereupon he visited the Venerable Master Miyun ('Secret Cloud') at Jinxi. He paid a call to one of the Great Wise Advisors of the time, the Venerable Miyun at Jinxi Monastery, in order to ask him to certify him. There was an immediate affinity. As soon as the two of them talked, they found that they could get along very well and saw eye to eye. Venerable Mi showed the Master the verse that a boatman had spoken in response to Jiashan and asked the Master to add another line at the end. Probably the verse was missing a line, so he asked Dhyana Master Sanji to try his hand at composing one to continue it. The Master responded at once, without pausing to think. He said, "Yingying was not as winsome as the Red Lady." If one were to compare Yingying and Red Lady (her maid), Red Lady was more vivacious, innocent, and pretty. The meaning is that, although Yingying was the mistress, in terms of looks, her maid, Red Lady, could hold her own. She was just as charming in her own right. In other words, the Master was saying that both the boatman and Jiashan were pretty good.
Venerable Mi indicated his approval. Master Miyun certified him, saying, "Okay. You pass." Afterwards he studied under Venerable Master Sanyi at Xiansheng Monastery. Venerable Yi asked him, "Have you tried seeking the fundamental Way on the Bridge for Gazing at Immortals?" The fundamental Way is the original path of cultivation. The Bridge for Gazing at Immortals might refer to the bridge where sandals were picked up. Do you remember Zhang Liang of the Han dynasty? Before he went to the aid of Liu Bang, the founder of the Han dynasty, he went to a bridge and picked up sandals for an old man. At that time, he had to stay in hiding, because his plot to assassinate Emperor Shi of the Qin dynasty had failed and the Emperor was trying to catch him. One night he saw an old man sitting on a bridge, and a pair of shoes lying nearby. He picked up the pair of shoes and handed them to the old man, who said to him, "I have a book to give you. Come back tomorrow. This book contains strategies for governing the country. Come back tomorrow at the same time, and I will give it to you."
The following day when Zhang Liang arrived, the old man was already there. He said, "You have come late for an appointment with your elder. Today I will not give you the book. Wait till tomorrow." The second day when he arrived, the old man was already there again, and again told him, "You are so late in coming to meet an elder. This is not permissible. You must wait till tomorrow. "Zhang Liang figured that no matter how early he went, the old man was always there first, so he decided to just stay at the bridge and wait for the next day. When the old man arrived and saw that he was already there, he was very pleased and said, "You are a lad who is fit to be taught." Then he transmitted three scrolls of divine text to him. The texts he transmitted dealt with governing the country. They concerned cultivating the self, managing the household, governing the country, and bringing peace to the world.
After Zhang Liang mastered the book, he was well versed in military strategy and right inside his tent, he could direct and win battles that were a thousand miles away! After he had learned these skills, he went to help Liu Bang bring order to the Han kingdom. Once the kingdom was well settled, he resigned his post and withdrew into the mountains to find his teacher. He went to find the old man and cultivate the Way with him.
To be continued