A verse in praise says:
An outstanding man came into the world;
None could compare with him.
Using harsh methods motivated by compassion,
He revealed the esoteric teachings.
He was a model for a thousand ages;
A firm pillar in the swift current.
Dragons and elephants drew near;
The Caodong school flourished.
An outstanding man came into the world; / None could compare with him. When he came to this world and become a leader in Buddhism, he really stood out from the crowd, no matter where he was.
Using harsh methods motivated by compassion. His teaching seemed harsh, but his heart was compassionate. He revealed the esoteric teachings. He fully disclosed the esoteric, wonderful principles of Buddhism. He made them very apparent.
He was a model for a thousand ages. He was an exemplar and a leader for all time. During a time when the Dharma was especially weak, he was a strong force, a firm pillar in the swift current that helped Buddhism to grow and develop.
Dragons and elephants came running and drew near to learn from the Master. At that time, the Caodong school flourished and was practiced widely.
Another verse says:
The Caodong school produced a great man.
The cloth robe of Qingzhou weighed seven and a half pounds.
"What dharma are you clinging to, unable to let go?"
"I keep my topic of investigation right in front of me."
Always sitting and never lying down, being perfectly vigorous,
He gave rise to great doubt and investigated at all times.
With one kick, he severed the path of death and rebirth.
The Tathagata's mission was entirely upon his shoulders.
The Caodong school produced a great man. He was a great man at that time. How about now? If you think he's a great man, then it is so. If you think you're better than him, then you're a great person. How's that? Would you like to be a great person?
The cloth robe of Qingzhou weighed seven and a half pounds. The Qingzhou cloth robe was seven and a half pounds, and he wore it every day and used it as his meditation topic, trying to find an answer. If he weren't a great man, how could he wear such a heavy robe? Fortunately it wasn't made of iron, and he was ultimately able to rip through it.
"What dharma are you clinging to, unable to let go? What's your practice that you're so attached to?" The Master replied, "I keep my topic of investigation right in front of me. I'm investigating the topic of the cloth robe of Qingzhou, and I keep it suspended before my eyes at all times, from the tips of my eyebrows."
Always sitting and never lying down, being perfectly vigorous, / He gave rise to great doubt and investigated at all times. Never lying down can be considered the perfection of vigor, one of the Six Perfections. He had not really gotten into his practice before, because he had not been sufficiently vigorous. But after Venerable Ji of Zuoxi and Venerable Hongtan questioned him, he was fired up with zeal to practice, so his doubt grew enormous and he delved into his topic every minute and second. He applied himself with tremendous vigor, never lying down to rest.
With one kick, he severed the path of death and rebirth. He became rather mad, as if driven by anger, and with one foot, he kicked through and broke the path of death and rebirth. In other words, he worked very, very hard.
The Tathagata's mission was entirely upon his shoulders. He embraced the work of the Buddhadharma in its entirety, considering the fate of Buddhism as his own responsibility. He didn't try to shirk his duty, saying, "There are so many people; I don't need to get involved." He took upon himself the entire responsibility of Buddhism.