A verse in praise says:
At Emei Mountain, he cast off defilement
And resolutely held the Buddha's precepts.
Since the matter of birth and death is great,
He went everywhere in search of virtuous teachers.
At Yunmen, he understood the phrase “Encompassing Heaven
And his mad mind instantly came to a halt.
His body now remains at Twin Peaks,
And it will not perish for ten thousand ages.
A verse in praise of him says: At Emei Mountain, he cast off defilement, and resolutely held the Buddha’s precepts. Since the matter of birth and death is great, he went everywhere in search of virtuous teachers. The Master knew that the matter of birth and death had to be resolved, and so he went to study with well-known, virtuous, wise advisors.
At Yunmen, he understood the phrase “Encompassing heaven and earth,” and his mad mind instantly came to a halt. Once he came to study under Master Wen Yan at Yunmen, Master Wen Yan asked him what the meaning of encompassing the
qian and kun was all about, and he had an immediate enlightenment. He neither cast aside false thoughts nor sought the true. He became a tranquil person of the Way. At that point, his mad mind and wild nature, and all the false thoughts of his deluded mind, came to a stop. The mad mind suddenly ceased.
His body now remains at Twin Peaks, and it will not perish for ten thousand ages. This is a simple biography of Dhyana Master Guangwu.
Another verse in praise says:
Universal Worthy Bodhisattva's Way-place lies at Mount Emei.
That supreme and efficacious environment nurtures rare genius–
Outstanding literary and martial artists,
As well as devout Sanghans and Taoists who transcend
the common and enter the Sagely Way.
Dhyana Master Guangwu propagated the vast teaching.
Venerable Kanakavasta dissolved past lives' resentment.
The Master's flesh body is worshipped at Twin Peaks.
Throughout the past and into the future, he will abide forever.
Universal Worthy Bodhisattva’s Way-place lies at Mount at supreme and efficacious environment nurtures rare genius – Sichuan is a province with rich natural resources. Just take a look at the medicinal herbs that come from Sichuan, for instance: chuan gui, chuan wu, chuan xiong, chuan jun. Chuan jun is da huang. The medicinal herbs that come from Sichuan are exceptionally fine and quite well-known. Other places don’t produce as fine a variety. Since the herbs from Sichuan are so effective in curing illness, the people native to Sichuan are also inconceivable. Why is that place so efficacious? It is because Universal Worthy Bodhisattva’s vow-power is so great, and since Universal Worthy selected Mount Emei as his Way-place and dwells there, many unusual things happen in Sichuan.
Outstanding literary and martial artists, as well as devout Sanghans and Taoists who transcend the common and enter the Sagely Way. Mount Emei has an efficacious energy. That supreme and wholesome environment nurtures both men and women of rare talent. There are martial artists, like the “Swordsmen of the Green City,” and the Emei Martial Arts Sect. Martial artists with excellent gong fu and many roving swordsmen find their way to Emei. The swordsmen have perfected their skill to the point they can slice through the demonic armies. There are also very sincere Buddhist monks and Taoist priests who have left the common and entered the realm of sages in Sichuan. Dhyana
Master Guangwu propagated the vast teaching. Chan Master Guangwu was such an individual. Within Buddhism, he propagated the great teaching.
Venerable Kanakavasta dissolved past lives’ resentment. There was also the Venerable Kanakavasta, who lived in Sichuan. National Master Wuda had killed Cao Cuo in the past. Later he left the home-life and repented of his deed. For ten lives in succession, he was a High Master. The Emperor bestowed upon him a precious throne made of frangrant chandana wood. He sat down upon that precious throne and had one arrogant thought: “Ah, in this world, how many left-home people of such virtue in the Way as I have are there?” Once he produced that one thought of arrogance, his resentful enemy came to get him. Cao Cuo’s spirit had tried to get at him for ten lives, in order to pay him back. But because he had been a high Sanghan and sternly upheld the precepts, there had never been an opportunity for Cao Cuo. However, once he had that single arrogant thought, Cao Cuo’s resentful spirit got it’s chance and took possession of Master Wuda. After that, a human-faced boil broke out on the National Master’s leg. The boil had a nose, eyes, and a mouth, and it wanted to eat all day long. The only thing that satisfied it’s hunger was meat. If it didn’t have meat to eat, it would cause National Master Wuda great pain. After it ate meat, however, it would feel better for a little while, and then it would start to hurt again, until it was given more meat to eat. In that way, it obstructed National Master Wuda’s cultivation of the Way.
During the time when National Master Wuda had been a student learning from many different teachers, he met an elder monk, who was entirely covered with foul-smelling boils. No one dared get near him; no one wanted to take care of him. He couldn’t walk, couldn’t sit, and was on the brink of death. National Master Wuda wasn’t afraid of the filth or the stench. He stayed with the old monk and took care of him until he recovered.
When they were about to part, the old monk said to him, “If in the future anything ever happens to you that you are unable to resolve, come and find me in Sichuan, and I will help you.”
Once the human-faced boil started to fester, it wouldn’t get better, so that it was incurable by both Chinese and Western doctors. Eventually he remembered the old monk, and so he went to Sichuan to find him. That old monk was the Venerable Kanakavasta, who had deliberately manifested as a sick old monk to test Master Wuda and see how he would react. He wanted to see if the Master had the patience to care for him. National Master Wuda had passed the test, and so when the National Master found Venerable Kanakavasta in Sichuan, the Venerable used the water of samadhi to wash away the human-faced boil. We people should remember this story, and wherever we go, create good affinities with people and not create enmity.
The Master’s flesh body is worshipped at Twin Peaks. Throughout the past and into the future, it will abide forever. Master Guangwu will be venerated by those of the future, as well as by people of today. Everyone will remember him, never forgetting his virtuous practices.