Audience: Is Dharma Master Kuanjing Dharma Master Hsu Yun’s disciple? Is his writing,
Records of Travels Through the Land of Ultimate Bliss real?
VM: I knew Dharma Master Kuanjing ever since Nanhua Monastery. He was still a kid at the time. I don’t know if he’s Elder Hsu Yun’s disciple, but he claims to be. I never heard the Elder Monk say whether he was or not. Since I never asked about this, I don’t dare to respond offhand. However, his
Records of Travels Through the Land of Ultimate Bliss is a complete fabrication.
This individual had been to Gold Mountain Monastery before. He tried to build a relationship with Yin Xingjiu’s wife when she went to China. He asked her to bring him the big city of New York. He must’ve showed his real self after a while and got kicked out by Yin Xingjiu’s wife. By some means he reached New York and talked about how he meditated and traveled to the Land of Ultimate Bliss or whatever places. He made up all these things and was forced out by Mrs. Yin.
After he was forced out, he came to Gold Mountain Monastery. I treated him especially well, considering him a disciple of Elder Hsu Yun. He secretly wrote a letter telling Heng Kuan, the American who had not yet returned to laylife then, “If you want to become an abbot and transmit the precepts, you must receive my Dharma. If you don’t receive my Dharma, you will not be qualified to transmit the precepts or become an abbot. You must accept me as your teacher. Your Master is not adequate as a teacher.” Heng Kuan thought, “Is there anything that cannot be tolerated if the gentleman can tolerate this? You came to entice me?” He kicked him out.
The man then went to Gold Wheel Monastery in Los Angeles. There were Bhikshunis living there. No one knew where he had come from, but he hopped over the fence at midnight and knocked on the door. He was wearing lay clothing then and kept knocking on the door and insisting on staying. There were two workers there, one named Gwo Wei and the other named Gwo Rei. These two were originally leaders of the Chinese Huaqing gang. They had reformed and were now working for the temple. They said, “What do you think you’re doing, hopping over the fence at midnight? If you don’t get out, we’ll beat you up.” He was so scared that he ran away. That was one thing.
Later he must have come to Gold Mountain Monastery two more times. I refused to let him in the door every time. This individual was basically crooked and base, like the local guy Shengming. Now Shengming is organizing a peace movement. He wants to cheat the Buddhists throughout the world. He went around lying and cheating others. I’m not afraid of him writing an article criticizing me, today I’m just telling you his set of circumstances. He and Kuanjing are both unreliable.
Layperson: I have already taken refuge with the Triple Jewel and recite the Buddha’s name quite diligently every day, how come I am still tortured by sickness right now?
VM: People who have taken refuge with the Triple Jewel still have to die.
Layperson: How do we break our attachments and break through false thoughts so that samadhi occurs?
VM: Who gave you any false thoughts? Who gave you any attachments?
Layperson: Another question. Is it appropriate to burn paper money with the Rebirth Mantra on it?
VM: Burning the Rebirth Mantra... Why don’t you think for yourself and see if the paper money feels real when you burn it? Once it turns into ashes after it’s been burnt, the paper disintegrates; how could it become money?
Layperson: About the recitation of Sutras again. There are lots of Sanskrit transliterations in the Sutra texts. Is it right to pronounce it using Taiwanese or Mandarin?
VM: “If you try to see me based on form, seek me by voice, you are practicing a misguided path. You cannot see the Thus Come One.”
Layperson: Could a layperson help his or her family cook non-vegetarian dishes during the six vegetarian days?
VM: It’s your business if you want to make wedding gowns for others and force them to marry.
Layperson: How do we deal with karmic obstructions that possess us? What Sutra should we recite?
VM: Just surrender to your karma.
Layperson: The disciples from Kao-hsiung really need the Venerable Master’s guidance. Will the Venerable Master please build a monastery there?
VM: I have no strength to build a monastery. If you can build a monastery, I will be a worker there.
Layperson: This question is rather lengthy. Buddhist magazines and publications have images of Buddhas printed on them. How do we deal with so many of them? Do we burn them? There is a rather famous young Dharma Master in Taiwan now who claims that he studies the Vinaya. He said “to burn books, newspapers, magazines and publications with Buddhist and Buddha images on them is to commit the offense of shedding the Buddhas’ blood.” If that’s so, who dares to read Buddhist publications?
VM: Preeminent enlightened monks in ancient times burned even wooden carvings of Buddha images. What do you call that?
To be continued