Five Americans Leave the Home-Life
The Seattle Times published a large,
front-page article and photo of the Master's five left-home disciples
on Monday, November 10, 1969. The following is an excerpt from the
"(Taipei, Formosa AP) Five young Americans,
including four University of Washington students, hoping to become
Buddhist monks and nuns began studying today at the Haihui Buddhist
Temple in the Northern Formosan city of Keelung. The five arrived in
Formosa Oct. 31 (...) If they stick to their schedule, they will be
ordained into the priesthood December 1. All have studied Buddhism in
the United States and will return there in December to take up duties
in San Francisco's Buddhist Lecture Hall."
Notes Taken by Disciple Guo Yi Prior to Departure to Haihui Monastery in Keelung, Taiwan
October 27, 1969
The Master said:
- I eat only once a day because I know that many of the world's
people are hungry and I wish to offer my food to them. Eating only once
a day at noon is in accord with Shakyamuni Buddha's rules.
- In cultivating the Way, do not look at the faults of others.
Speak of their good points instead. This is to have "virtue with
respect to the mouth." If you don't have that kind of virtue, then no
matter what you say, no one will believe you. With virtue in the three
karmas of body, mouth, and mind, you will be respected on first sight.
People will know by your bearing that you have virtue.
- When you understand and can teach the Shurangama Sutra, the
Dharma Flower Sutra, and when you have studied the Avatamsaka Sutra,
you will separate and travel in the ten directions to be Dharma hosts
and teach those with whom you have conditions.
- In Buddhism you stand on your own two feet! Don't worry! Everything will be very easy.
Excerpts from an article by Oldy but Goody, p. 103, 106
"In Memory of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, Vol. III"