The Master said, "Why do some people
retreat right after they have brought forth the Bodhi mind?
Why do they make a little progress and then quit? It's
because they don't understand what "gold wheel" means. If
they understood, they would not retreat."
He also said, "The resolve for Bodhi is
the great resolve for the Way. If one cultivates the Dharmas
of great compassion, one's great resolve for the Bodhi Way
will become irreversible. Why do we have so many false
thoughts and lack patience in our cultivation of any Dharma,
being deficient in perseverance, sincerity and firmness of
mind? The reason is our failure to understand the Gold
Wheel. Now that we realize where our error lies, we can no
longer neglect it!"
The Venerable Master said, "Earth Store
Bodhisattva has special affinities with Los Angeles. Gold
Wheel Monastery is a temple for Earth Store Bodhisattva."
Hence people in the monastery recite the Earth Store Sutra
once everyday. The Venerable Master also requested that the
Dharma Wheel turns all the time and that there are two
lectures daily, one hour and a half each after lunch and in
the evening. It could be listening to the tapes or Dharma
Masters taking turns to give talks.
On September 12, 1978, the Venerable
Master wrote a special poem of praise at Gold Wheel
Monastery's Medicine Master Dharma Assembly:
The Medicine Master Dharma
Assembly brings auspiciousness, Freeing the city of Los
Angeles from catastrophes.
The faithful laity vigorously cultivate together
The human and heavenly Dharma protectors are all busy.
Utmost sincerity evokes a response,
increasing blessings and longevity.
Joy, renunciation, kindness and compassion
bring peace and good health.
A thunder-clap in spring startles the whole world
The morning bell and evening drum (of the monastery)
transform the ten directions.
In the summer of 1979, the temple moved
to Eagle Rock Soon the facility could not meet its demands,
so Gold Wheel Monastery again moved to Sixth Street in
downtown Los Angeles. The Venerable Master had written words
of Dharma in frames and requested a jade Buddha from the
Ciyof Ten Thousand Buddhas.
During Amitabha Buddha's birthday on
January 2nd the next year (1983), the Venerable Master
personally led more than twenty Bhikshus and Bhikshunis from
the City to head southward and hung the banner of Dharma on
high. They went to host the Opening the Light ceremony for
Gold Wheel Monastery. He at the same time wrote a couplet
for the door:
Turning the great Avatamsaka
one enters the inconceivable state.
fulfilling Manjushri's and Universal Worthy's wise vows.
Practicing profound Prajna,
one ascends the wonderfully high jeweled tower,
learning Guanyin's and Maitreya's compassion.
At ten o'clock in the morning that day,
as the Venerable Master inaugurated the dazzling, golden
Amitabha Buddha statue, he composed this verse:
Amitabha Buddha's life span is
He leads living beings to the (Pure Land of) eternal,
still light. (Recite) a single phrase of his vast name and
transcend the Triple Realm; The holy names of the ten
thousand Buddhas transform the ten
Gold Wheel Monastery had observed the
ancient rites and struck the bell and drum twice to
respectfully request the Venerable Master to ascend the hall
and speak Dharma:
The first time was on March 10, 1985,
when the Dharma Protectors of Gold Wheel Monastery, Dr.
Wesley Woo (Guo Shi), Guo Bei Chen, and Guo Gao respectfully
requested, with incense in hand, the Venerable Master to
ascend the hall and speak Dharma. The Venerable Master
immediately spoke Dharma:
"The Dharma King's water of
wisdom benefits the myriad things. The good physician's many
medicines neutralize all poisons. Our original source is the
Buddhas' Bright Light Treasury. Diligently wipe it clean. Do
not let it be tarnished!
"The essence of the Buddha nature is no
more in sages and no less in ordinary people. But because of
a single thought that is not enlightened, the three subtle
marks come to be, and so there is turning and flowing in the
five destinies and revolving in the six paths.
"Once scattered, it spreads out for
thousands of miles, dispersing into ten thousand branches.
Like a dam bursting, like a volcano erupting, its strength
is even more fierce than that of the atom bomb, its wonders
more impressive than those of the computer. Once it is
dissipated however, we do not know how to rectify the
situation. No one knows how to unravel the chaos.
"Therefore, we must understand the turbidity of our times,
turn ourselves around, and wake up. We should bring forth
the Bodhi resolve and use Prajna wisdom We should clearly
recognize our goals and always push ahead. If we do that,
what we need is there to be afraid of not arriving at the
realm of sages and worthies?
"Today, Dharma Protectors of this
Monastery, Dr. Wesley Woo, Upasaka Stephen Tan, and Upasika
Guo Gao have requested this mountain monk to ascend the hall
and speak Dharma. But as for speaking Dharma, what is there
"No Dharma can be spoken, yet by
The Dharma has been spoken.
Who has awakened? What is there to awaken to?
Return to the origin, go back to the source- That is the way
Turn the three carts to one: Recite the Dharma Flower Sutra!
The second request was on April 28, 1985,
when three Dharma protectors, Guo-Xi Lin, Song Tang-Zhou and
Der-Jenn Wei (now Bhikshun Heng Yi) respectfully requested
that the Venerable Master speak Dharma. Sympathetic to their
earnest request for Dharma, he immediately ascended to the
Dharma seat, gave the lion's roar and spoke the following
"A single particle of dust
contains the Dharma Realm
The myriad scenes of nature are the Dharma-body
All Buddhas with no mind speak the Sutra treasury
Bodhisattvas through their wisdom transform living beings.
"The five turbidities are not turbid,
their names deriving from afflictions and the like. The
eight sufferings are non-sufferings-break attachment to
marks and naturally achieve liberation. Until the three
minds are ended, one meets brambles and thorns at every
step. If the five desires are emptied, lotuses bloom
everywhere. Do not contend; do not be greedy; do not seek
for anything; do not retain a selfish mind or wish for
personal gain. If you can also be honest and not lie,
eventually with deep merit, your nature of itself is true.
Do all of you Humane Ones understand? Pay heed to this at
all times. Do not forget it, but also do not aid it. Trample
on qian and kun [heaven and earth]; smash the bottle-gourd.
When you are totally perfect in every respect, you find the
Land of Ultimate Bliss right beneath you- what need is there
to seek outside?"
~ To be continued