Elder Dharma Master Ming Yang, the former
abbot of Longhua (Dragon Flower) Monastery and the Yuan Ming
Lecture Hall in Shanghai, manifested passing into stillness
at Longhua Monastery at 10:15 p.m on Tuesday, July 3 (lunar
date 6/14) this year. He was 87 years old; he had been a
Sangha member for seventy-six years, had been ordained for
seventy-two years, and had received the Dharma for fifty
years. He was an heir of the forty-first generation in the
Linji School, and an heir of the forty-seventh generation in
the Caodong School. His teacher had been Dharma Master Yuan
Elder Dharma Master Ming Yang had
accepted numerous invitations to participate in the Water,
Land, and Air Dharma Assemblies at the City of Ten Thousand
Buddhas (CTTB), and had served as one of the three precept
masters and seven certifiers during ordinations at the City.
When the Venerable Master Hua entered nirvana in 1995, the
Elder Dharma Master came all the way from Shanghai to
preside over the cremation ceremony. We recall the verse he
recited upon sealing the casket:
"His spirit is unextinguished, equal to
The original owner of his person.
Neither going nor coming, perpetually unmoving,
The green mountains have always been in the white clouds."
Upon lifting the torch, he recited
"The fire of samadhi is lighted
To burn the illusory body.
Undefiled by a single speck of dust,
One is pure and naturally at ease.
Seven years later, Elder Master Ming
Yang's cremation ceremony was held on Monday, July 29 (lunar
date 6/20) at Tian Tong (Heavenly Youth) Monastery in
Ningbo. Dharma Realm Buddhist Association sent Heng Lyu Shi,
Abbot of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and Bhikshu Jin
Yan Shi, to attend the ceremony and express their
condolences. It is just as Elder Master Ming Yang said:
"Like falling leaves returning to their
roots, one sees the source. This fleeting life all a great
completely without traces.
In this one dream, there is nothing at all.
When the illusion ends,
the truth continues to exist."