The Master was the son of the Mao Family in Shanyang. After taking refuge with High Monk Bodhi Mi, he went to Qixian Monastery at Kuanglu. He paid his respects from afar and became a monk. Later he visited High Master Bo-Shan-Yan. Inadvertently one night he heard the forest roar and suddenly set everything down. He then realized that his job was simply to break up a home and be bankrupt. At that point, the Chan Master went to Tiantong to visit High Master Mi-Yun-Wu (Enlightened to Secret Clouds). After an extended period of time, he revisited Huai. As soon he returned, he immediately received Bodhi's Dharma seal and then went into seclusion at Meili.
Chan Master Ling-Yan (Flaming Spirit) Hong-Zhu (Radiating Candle) also belongs to the seventy-first generation of the Caodong School. The Chan Master must like lighting lamps because his name contains the word "candle."
The Master was the son of the Mao Family in Shan-yang. The master is the ancestor of a rotten kid, Mao Tse-tong.
After taking refuge with High Monk Bodhi Mi.... Bodhi is one of the names of this high monk, and so is
Mi. Mr. Zhou explained the names of this high master in greater detail earlier.
He went to Qixian Monastery at Kuanglu. Kuanglu is probably Mount Lu, which no one can climb. Qixian is probably the name of a monastery.
He paid his respects from afar and became a monk. There he bowed to High Master Bodhi from afar. Even though he was far away, he still bowed in respect to leave home under this particular sect.
Later he visited High Master Bo-Shan-Yan. He drew near to High Master Bo-Shan-Yan.
Inadvertently one night he heard the forest roar. Inadvertently means coincidentally; in other words, the forest roared unexpectedly. How could a forest roar'? GuoYin just said the hollering comes from the wolves, bears, tigers and panthers in the woods. No. The forest's bellow is the sound of the wind blowing through the trees. He heard this sound
and he suddenly set everything down. He let everything go so that there was nothing. He became enlightened upon hearing the sounds of the wind's gust, the stirring of the meadow and the roar of the forest.
He then realized that his job was simply to break up a home and be bankrupt. A broken home is the absence of a home. How could someone have no home? What's a home? Home is a binding shackle. The Chinese character "home" consists of the "roof' radical over the "pig" radical. If you have a home, you are like a pig confined in a pig-pen with no freedom whatsoever. You're neither free to head east nor free to go west. You encounter problems when you move; you face damages despite remaining still. Broken means absent; one has no concept of a family. You don't think about the warmth of a family; you have broken through sticky love and sentimental romance. Having broken through these notions, you have a broken home. What about bankruptcy? That's to want nothing, to have no assets. This type of occupation works on mastering the skill of owning a wrecked home and owning nothing.
The responsibilities on this job differ from the way most people operate, which is based on emotions. The majority of individuals is likened to silk worms that wrap themselves in cocoons, entrapping themselves with emotion. They tie themselves up so that they aren't free whether walking, standing, sitting or lying down. A man wants to go out and check on something, but the woman may ask, "Hey! Where are you going?" That's suffocation. If a woman wants to go out for an appointment, the man may then say, "Hey! What are you doing? Are you going out to find a boyfriend?" Suddenly that woman blushes, exclaiming, "No!" This makes everything quite awkward, very embarrassing. All these trouble and problems result from our emotional ties. Following this logic, you may deduce many more examples. Therefore, to have a broken home and be bankrupt is to hone the skill of owning no possessions. Young people usually think that it's better to own a home, so they try to build a family.
At that point, he went to Tiantong to visit High Master Mi-Yun-Wu. He went to Tiantong Monastery, a large temple in China. Mi-Yun (Secret Clouds) is the name of the high master there, whose title is Yuan-Wu (Perfect Enlightenment); thus he was also referred to as High Master Wu. If his full title is Yuan-Wu, why do we only use one part of his name? Out of respect for him we either don't use an honorable one's name at all or only use it partially. After an extended period of time—he was there for a long time. He revisited Huai. He went back to Jiangsu. As soon as he returned he immediately received Bodhi's dharma seal. Upon his return, he received the Dharma door of High Master Bodhi Mi's mind seal. High Master Bodhi Mi transmitted the Dharma to this master. And then went into seclusion at Meili. The Chan Master often went on secluded retreats for indefinite lengths of time.
To be continued