When the Master was twelve years old, several rays of white light suddenly appeared above where he lived. The Master wrote a verse on the wall:
White rays! From this moment quickly change!
Do not come here to make a show of freakish or lucky omens.
Concentration will conquer deviant practices as one returns to proper vision.
Then one will certainly transcend the common and enter the sagely realm.
His meaning was: “Mass of white energy, you must immediately change. Don't come here trying to display spiritual penetrations and foretell good and evil. It doesn't matter to me if yours is a good state or a bad state—I'm not interested in either. I'll use my samadhi power to subdue your deviant, demonic, ghostly behavior. I intend to cause proper vision, which is based on genuine wisdom, to appear. If you cultivate the Way well, then you can certainly get out of the cage of the common realm and reach the realm of the sages.” After he finished writing the verse, the white rays vanished.
When the Master was fifteen, he dreamt of an Indian monk, who told him, “The time has come for you to leave the home-life.” This indicates that National Master Xingsheng had been from India in a previous life, and so he had those kinds of conditions with the monk who appeared in his dream. Thereupon, the Master had his head shaved by Dhyana Master Bailu Gui and donned the robes of a left-home person. Later he went to study with Master Xuefeng (Snow Peak). Master Feng grabbed him by the arm and said, “What is this?”
At that instant, the Master had an awakening and also forgot the mind he had used to reach his understanding. All he could do was wave his hands. Master Xuefeng looked into his profound understanding, comforted him, and certified his enlightenment. “Correct,” he said, “that is the way it is.”
When the King of Min (Fujian Province) established Yongquan (Bubbling Springs) Monastery, he invited the Master to preside as abbot, and bestowed upon him the Dharma title of Xingsheng (Flourishing Sage). The Master's Dharma prospered extensively.
A verse in praise says:
Is like an arrow speeding clear to Korea.
There is a path that reaches to the heavens;
Grope around and find it yourself.
He never stepped out of the stone gate.
Ultimately what was he up to?
Neither poison nor thunderbolts
Could wear him down, even in ten thousand ages!
Instant recognition / Is like an arrow speeding clear to Korea. If you understand on the spot, it is like an arrow shot clear to Korea.
There is a path that reaches to the heavens; / Grope around and find it yourself. You have to find this path on your own.
He never stepped out of the stone gate. The Master never left the monastery. Ultimately what was he up to? What was he doing, anyway? You can understand it intuitively, but it cannot be told in words. What was he doing? If you think about it, you will know.
Neither poison nor thunderbolts / Could wear him down, even in ten thousand ages! Even if he were poisoned or struck by lightning, not a hair of his would be harmed in ten thousand ages.
Another verse says:
When one is not astonished by a strange sight,what is strange will disappear.
Several rays of white light appeared—perhaps an enticement.
Pay no attention to deviant or proper, disaster or good fortune.
Do not haggle over rights and wrongs, the crooked and the straight.
An Indian monk came to him in a dream: “Your time has come.”
Master Snow Peak pointed to where he should return: “Do not wander further.”
The Dharma-speaking host at Bubbling Springs Monastery on Drum Mountain,
Is free to come and go in this world, throughout space.
When one is not astonished by a strange sight, / What is strange will disappear. Most people find strange things to be strange, but if you don't find them strange, they become ordinary. Don't be turned by such states. If you can keep from being turned by such states, then,
When your eyes see forms, there is nothing inside.
When your ears hear sounds, the mind does not know.
That is to be in a state of unmoving suchness, always clear and aware. Then you are able to see strange things and not find them to be strange. In that way, the strange disappears all by itself.
Several rays of white light appeared—perhaps an enticement. When Master Xingsheng was only twelve years old, that white energy swirled down upon the house where he was living. Most people would have reacted to that by thinking, “Incredible! This is an extremely lucky portent.” They would be influenced by that state. That's why the verse says “Several rays of white light appeared--perhaps an enticement.” Perhaps it was enticing him to see if he had any concentration. However, he remained unmoved and spoke a verse: “White rays! From this moment quickly change!” He was ordering them to disappear quickly. “Do not come here to make a show of freakish or lucky omens.” You should not pay attention to strange omens or good omens. In either case, you should not mind them. That's because in cultivating you should pay no attention to whether things are deviant or proper or whether one encounters disaster or good fortune. Do not haggle over rights and wrongs, the crooked and the straight. Don't pay attention to who's right and who's wrong, who's crooked and who's straight.
An Indian monk came to him in a dream: “Your time has come.” Because the Master had samadhi power, when the time came, the Indian monk came and instructed him in a dream to leave the home-life. Master Snow Peak, Master Xuefeng, pointed to where he should return: “Do not wander further.” Master Xuefeng just pointed to where he should come back to. “Don't go looking around outside anymore.”
The Dharma-speaking host at Bubbling Springs Monastery on Drum Mountain, / Is free to come and go in this world, throughout space. The master was the Abbot and Dharma-speaking Host at Bubbling Springs Monastery on Drum Mountain, but he was able to go anywhere he wanted to, anywhere in space. He could go or stay, just as he pleased.