A verse in praise says:
In the country of
hendan, a great Dharma King was born.
Not coming through the door, he directly assumed the emperor's throne.
The people he saved were incalculable,
Dressed in black or white, they raced and stumbled.
He is a shining example for later generations,
Everlasting like the heaven and earth.
In the country of Zhendan.
Zhen is associated with the east. The northwest corresponds to qian, the north to
kan, the northeast to geng, and the east to
zhen. This is in terms of the eight trigrams— qian, kan, geng, zhen, xuan, li, kun, dui. Zhen refers to the east, and the east refers to Chinese people. Zhendan is the name used in India to refer to China. "In the country of Zhendan,"
a great Dharma King was born.
Not coming through the door, he directly assumed the emperor's throne. This doesn't literally mean that he did not come in through the door. It means that he was not caught up in a sequential progression of stages. He transcended all that and entered directly, becoming the Abbot, the Dharma King, straightaway, without going through a sequence of stages.
The people he saved were incalculable. Even a computer would not be able to calculate the number of people he saved, they were so many.
Dressed in black or white, they raced and stumbled. The black-robed are monastics, and the white-robed are laypeople. Both monastics and laypeople went to study the Buddhadharma from him, and they progressed so swiftly that they sometimes seemed to stumble in their haste.
He is a shining example for later generations, / Everlasting like the heaven and earth.
Another verse says:
The successive deaths of his brothers and sisters pained his heart.
Packing up his belongings, he went to live in the temple.
During a short question session, he had great insight into the path of birth and death.
Overhearing the conversation between two monks, he subdued his mad mind.
In the middle of White Deer Lake wafted，the fragrance from afield of ten qing.
From the range of Huaiyin, he benefited all people.
From ancient times to the present, such a one who embodies the Way is seldom seen.
His lofty integrity will endure as long as heaven and earth.
The successive deaths of his brothers and sisters pained his heart. (Seeing his brothers and sisters die one by one, he was deeply grieved. He grieved for them, but his grief was also:) "When I see others die, my heart burns like fire. It's not burning for them, but because I know it will soon be my turn." Witnessing their deaths, he felt afraid.
Packing up his belongings, he went to live in the temple. He reflected that life was short and the matter birth and death was great. He was living his life in confusion, not knowing how he was born or how he would die, or what would happen at the end of his life, and there seemed to be no end to this process. Therefore, he decided he wanted to cultivate the Way, so he packed his bags, taking with him the cherished possessions he could not bear to part with and going to live in a temple.
During a short question session, he had great insight into the path of birth and death. He understood the way to put an end to the path of birth and death.
Overhearing the conversation between two monks, he subdued his mad mind. As the senior-seated monk spoke to the monk beside him, the Master quelled his aggressive thoughts, his greedy thoughts, his thoughts of seeking, his selfish thoughts, and his thoughts of personal gain.
In the middle of White Deer Lake wafted the fragrance from a field of ten qing. When he was sailing on White Deer Lake, he smelled a rare fragrance from a field of flowers of about 150 acres.
From the range of Huaiyin, he benefited all people. After he built his hut there, the entire populace benefited from his presence.
From ancient times to the present, such a one who embodies the Way is seldom seen. It is hard to encounter such a vessel of the Way.
His lofty integrity and noble character
will endure as long as heaven and earth.