女中丈夫 名利不圖 萬緣放下 志趨孤獨
法門龍象 宇宙賢淑 應當效法 鬼神敬服
Bhikshuni Fu Hui was from Miaoli, Taiwan. Her lay surname was Chen. She came from a middle-class family and received a high school education. Marryied at the age of twenty, she gave birth to a son and a daughter. At twenty-five, she lost her husband and felt that life held much misery and little joy. She resolutely renounced the household life and diligently cultivated pure practices. Wearing rags and going barefoot, she maintained a lifelong vow of silence. She voluntarily went and cleaned at all the monasteries, refusing any recompense. Day and night she bowed to Guanyin and sincerely recited the Great Compassion Spiritual Mantra. Anyone who requested great compassion water from her had their wishes granted. She accepted no offerings, received no visitors, and maintained silence her whole life. Initially she refrained from eating grains and cooked food; at the end she only drank liquids. Often she would enter samadhi and only come out after many days. After the Chinese New Year in 1985, she entered samadhi and her disciples thought nothing of it. They did not expect that she would go to rebirth. Over a thousand pieces of sharira remained after her body was cremated. She had lived to be fifty-six, and thirty of which she was a Sanghan. She is a bright lamp for Buddhists in the Dharma-Ending Age.
Bhikshuni Fu Hui (Blessings and Wisdom), a native of Miaoli, Taiwan, was born to the middle-class family of the surname Chen. She received a high school education, married at age twenty, and had a boy and a girl. When she was twenty-five, her husband died. Life seemed pretty miserable, with nothing worth coveting. Thus she decided to renounce the householder's life. After leaving home, she practiced the Bodhisattva Path, going to each temple to clean for free. She cultivated all kinds of pure practices. Her most efficacious practice was reciting the Great Compassion Mantra. Day and night she bowed to Guanyin. Her sincerity evoked responses, and she was able to bless the great compassion water. This water was incredibly efficacious, and people came from everywhere to request it.
She wore the robes of a left-home person, but didn't wear shoes. She kept a vow of silence all her life. Whether day or night, she would volunteer in her spare time and do cleaning work at all the various temples, refusing any payment.
Many cultivators find ways to "toss out a brick and attract jade," getting people to make offerings to them. However, when people went to her place to request great compassion water, she would receive neither offerings nor bows. She did not want to receive interviews and did not like being photographed. Do photographs of her exist? Possibly, because some people probably took photos without her knowing. Many people went to seek great compassion water from her. She usually avoided cooked food and ate mostly raw foods, and only in small quantities. Sometimes she would merely consume some liquid. Consequently, she developed considerable skill in concentration and often entered samadhi for days at a time.
After the Chinese New Year in 1985, she entered samadhi again. This time she went off to rebirth. She was fifty-six, and her precept age was thirty. After leaving home, this Bhikshuni cultivated Brahma conduct and kept a vow of silence. Since she didn't talk, she could not exploit conditions or beg from people. Instead, she diligently concentrated on her own cultivation. Such a cultivator could be considered a light tower or a bright lamp for Buddhism in the Dharma-Ending Age.
A verse in praise says:
A hero among women,
She craved neither fame nor fortune.
Setting aside ten thousand conditions,
She resolved upon a life of solitude.
A dragon and elephant within the Dharma gate,
A virtuous maiden in the universe
We ought to emulate this lady
Revered by ghosts and spirits.
A verse in praise says:
This Bhikshuni could be considered a hero among women. Why was she so outstanding'?
She craved neither fame nor fortune. Disdaining fame and fortune, she focused on genuine practice.
Setting aside ten thousand conditions, she gave up everything and had no desires.
She resolved upon a life of solitude. She liked to be alone, without friends, companions or recognition.
She could truly be considered
a dragon and elephant within the Dharma gate, a talented individual in Buddhism. She was
a virtuous worthy of the universe—a virtuous maiden in this world.
We in this world ought to emulate this lady. Not only do people emulate her, she is
revered by ghosts and spirits.
Another verse says:
She married and had children like everyone else.
The phoenix and his mate broke their wings and parted.
She suddenly awakened to the ephemeral nature of life
And realized that the Buddhadharma embodied the Way.
Closing the six gates and practicing Prajna,
With great compassion and vast resolve, she rescued all.
Free from contention and greed, she looked lightly on fame and profit.
Her own actual practice made a great impact on China.
Another verse says:
She married and had children like everyone else. This Bhikshuni was like ordinary people in that she got married and had children. She, however, was able to put things down, see through everything, and truly cultivate. She was different in that sense. How many people can see beyond the obvious and give up their attachments to truly practice. Very few women can truly refrain from currying favors.
Although she was married like most people, she was separated from her husband like
the phoenix and his mate who broke their wings and parted. One went west and the other went east; they were no longer together.
She suddenly awakened to the ephemeral nature of life. She realized that everything in life is impermanent and illusory. What is love? What are fame and fortune? She managed to see through all these issues.
And realized that the Buddhadharma embodied the tradition of the
Way, which anyone can learn and practice. Thus,
closing the six gates and practicing Prajna, she didn't see sights with her eyes, hear sounds with her ears, smell with her nose, taste with her tongue, feel with her body, or attach to mental ideas. She shut these six gates—eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind—not allowing the six faculties to create mischief. How was she able to make her six faculties behave? She practiced Prajna and had great wisdom.
With great compassion and vast resolve, she rescued all. She recited the Great Compassion Mantra for the sake of universal liberation. She did not discriminate whether people were rich or poor, young or old, but gave great compassion water to anyone who came to her. Her spirit was that of universal salvation and great compassion. Her vows were vast in scope.
Free from contention and greed, she looked lightly on fame and profit. She did not argue with others or covet a reputation. She looked lightly upon name and gain and never competed with people.
Her own actual practice made a great impact on China. She was a genuine practitioner who personally practiced, making a huge impact on her entire nation. In the future all people will emulate her. Instead of being impressed by her fame, they will admire and praise her true skill in cultivation.