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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Sat May 12, 2012 1:09 am

A bit touchy Layman - well mala practice may help.

Try googling "how to use a mala"
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Spring at CTTB

Postby Will » Mon May 14, 2012 10:05 pm

One of the major centers founded by Master Hua is the City of 10,000 Buddhas, near Ukiah, California. Here is how the grounds looked in 2012:

http://www.cttbusa.org/springtime/cttb.asp
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Huifeng » Tue May 15, 2012 1:00 am

**** Don't try this at home! ****

Well, one story of Master Hua's use of a mala was soaking a large mala in parafin, putting it around his neck Abbot style, and setting it alight. One can see the burn marks on his chest in a few pictures. I remember Ven. Dharmamitra Hengshou - his close disciple - mentioning this too.

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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby plwk » Tue May 15, 2012 1:02 am

I have always wondered what was that all about...
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:41 am

Live broadcast of the 50th anniversary of Master's bringing the Dharma to the West. Many doings starting 8am Saturday, 23 June through Sunday:

http://www.drba.org/live/
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:07 pm

Webcast now broadcasting, but audio is not stable at 8:13am Pacific time.
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:36 pm

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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:45 pm

Below the live webcast of Sunday, 24 June, are the Livestream archives from yesterday: http://www.drba.org/live/#archive
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:15 pm

A few Dharma Gems from the Master: http://www.dharmabliss.org/abbot.htm
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:19 pm

Some links to the life & teachings of Master Hua: http://cttbusa.org/founder.asp
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby remm » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:13 am

Those of you interested in knowing what an American's perspective was like when with the Ven. Master Hsuan Hua can view this link here: http://buddhadharma.com/media/WS700374.MP3

These two individuals were former monks under Master Hsuan Hua. Richard Josephson was also known as Heng Kung (constantly empty), and the other Fred Klarer was Heng Shou (not Bhikshu Dharmamitra).

Fairly long talk, but very interesting and it provides insight on how American's first reacted to Master Hua and their experience with him. It is certainly worth listening to if you have some time.
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:46 am

remm wrote:Those of you interested in knowing what an American's perspective was like when with the Ven. Master Hsuan Hua can view this link here: http://buddhadharma.com/media/WS700374.MP3

These two individuals were former monks under Master Hsuan Hua. Richard Josephson was also known as Heng Kung (constantly empty), and the other Fred Klarer was Heng Shou (not Bhikshu Dharmamitra).

Fairly long talk, but very interesting and it provides insight on how American's first reacted to Master Hua and their experience with him. It is certainly worth listening to if you have some time.


Actually Fred was Kuo Hu (lay) and Heng Shoou as bhikshu. He and Heng Shou were contemporaries, so they could not have the same name.

By the way, there is no video, only audio?
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby remm » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:56 am

Will wrote:
remm wrote:Those of you interested in knowing what an American's perspective was like when with the Ven. Master Hsuan Hua can view this link here: http://buddhadharma.com/media/WS700374.MP3

These two individuals were former monks under Master Hsuan Hua. Richard Josephson was also known as Heng Kung (constantly empty), and the other Fred Klarer was Heng Shou (not Bhikshu Dharmamitra).

Fairly long talk, but very interesting and it provides insight on how American's first reacted to Master Hua and their experience with him. It is certainly worth listening to if you have some time.


Actually Fred was Kuo Hu (lay) and Heng Shoou as bhikshu. He and Heng Shou were contemporaries, so they could not have the same name.

By the way, there is no video, only audio?


Oh, thank you for the clarification. I just heard Fred talking and it sounded like he said "Heng Shou". I've never met Fred, but I have met Richard at the City recently during the 50th Anniversary. He's a very nice man.

I haven't seen the video, maybe you can request it from Richard and hope he puts it up on his website. Have you listened to this talk before, Will? It is really interesting to hear some of Shr Fu's western disciples relay their experience.
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:04 am

No remm I have not heard it and I just wrote to Richard to see if the video version is available.
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:27 am

A 30 minute video introduction to the life-work of Master Hua:

http://www.buddhistmedia.org/Master-Hua ... 0_408_.mp4
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Kaji » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:32 am

Huifeng wrote:Basic question:

What was Master Hua's main form of meditation practice?

I recall asking one of his disciples about this some time ago, but maybe my memory is getting blurry.
Now, I'm aware that he taught many forms, and probably mastered many forms, but what was the one that really got him there in the end?

~~ Huifeng

I have read a fair number of extracts of Ven Hsuan Hua's teachings. Indeed he spoke about many forms of practice, including Chan. However, it seems he particularly stressed the chanting of the Shurangama Dharani. People have said that Ven Hsuan Hua had already become one with this dharani.

Some people say Ven Hsuan Hua is a manifestation of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. I wouldn't be surprised. He has extensively taught many practices related to Avalokitesvara, especially the Great Compassion Dharani with the "42 hand-and-eye practice". He has also taught people to recite the names of Avalokitesvara and Amitabha (nienfo).
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby remm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:31 am

The Venerable Master Hua practiced Ch`an meditation. There is a record of this that was written by Venerable Master Hua himself:

"In the fall of 1946, in the middle of the eighth lunar month, I packed my bags and set out with two disciples, Guo Neng and Guo Shun. (I have no news of Guo Neng. Guo Shun cremated himself as an offering to the Buddhas.) *Side note: Guo Shun was one of the Master's first disciples who was very vigorous in meditation and his Ch`an Samadhi was praised highly by the Master. His main practice was the recitation of the Great Compassion Mantra and Ch`an. He made a vow to cremate himself before the Buddhas as he wished to emulate Medicine King Bodhisattva who offered his body to the Buddhas. After his cremation, his mala beads and heart was left untouched by the fire* We headed for Coaxi, wishing to draw near Venerable Master Yun. The journey was arduous. We walked during the day and rested at night, sometimes travelling even at night, until we reached Prajna Monastery in Changchun (which was called Xinjing, "New Capital," during the Manchu Empire regime). My two disciples remained at the monastery, waiting to receive full ordination the following year. Without carrying any extra clothes or luggage (the clothes I wore didn't exceed five pounds), I traveled alone towards the interior.

When I reached Tianjin, I stayed at the Great Compassion temple and heard Elder Dharma Master Tanxu lecture on the Shurangama Sutra. I met Dharma Master Tijing and rode in the same boat with him to Proper Enlightenment Monastery in Hubei. Also travelling with us were Dharma Masters Shengzhao, Shengmiao, Zhaoding, Yuanxiang, Renhui, Benzhi, Jiaozhi, Yongling, Lingguan, jingjie, and others. I composed a verse which goes,
Fourteen monks rode in the same boat.
Honored and noble were they; only I was poor.
Donned in ragged robes, I ate one meal and had no extra possessions.
People could scold and slander me as they pleased.


At that monastery, I performed austerities and chores such as cleaning, boiling water, tending the garden, watching the door, taking care of the Buddha-hall, and serving as a verger. My skill in Ch`an samadhi increased greatly."

Also, I think our tradition follows the Tiantai classification of the Mahayana Sutras. Although the Master did emphasize the memorization of the Surangama mantra, at the end of the day he stressed a lot on Ch`an meditation and the method of reflecting inwards to change one's habits/faults and to also hold on the 'hua-tou'.

I can't remember the exact quote, but I always hear the monks and nuns say this phrase in DRBA way-places. I'm paraphrasing now since I can't remember it exactly, but it goes something like... "This bodhi-manda is the Avatamsaka dharma realm, Surangama assembly... and 42 hands and eyes something..." doesn't help at all, I hope someone can correct me (Will?)
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby plwk » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:58 am

Can anyone here link or give a summary as to what actually transpired between the Master/CTTB and the 16th Karmapa back then?
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby remm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:11 am

*Deleted my original post. Someone else can post it.*
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby remm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:29 am

"The Flower Adornment Dharma Assembly, the Shurangama Platform and the forty-two hands and eyes establish the Heavens and the Earth. The World Honored Ones of WOnderful Enlightenment and the Bodhisattvas of Equal Enlightenment, with a billion transformation bodies, can turn oceans into mountains."
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