Astus wrote:I assume there are quite a few (miracle) stories about Ven. Xuyun and the Communists. He's become a legendary figure.
Mr. G wrote:“ ...Master Hua’s teacher, Venerable Master Hsü Yün, was the patriarch of all five lineages of Buddhism in China and was very highly respected. He was the head of the Ch’an lineage, the sutra lineage, the mantra lineage, the Vinaya lineage, and the esoteric lineage. It’s no secret that different sects tend to argue with each other.
This could be another way of looking at it...But Master Hsu Yun was so revered that he may very well have been thought of as the "patriarch" of all five.
The T'ang Dynasty Esoteric School ceased its propagation in China after the late T'ang Dynasty. It was only in the beginning of this century that the teachings were re-introduced back to China from Japan. The Fiftieth Patriarch, Maha Acarya Feng Da An worked on and perfected Dharma teachings passed down from the previous patriarchs; his works, influential both in China and other countries, would enable modern people to understand the T'ang Dynasty Esoteric School. His only Dharma Successor, Maha Acarya Yang Fo Xing, has also published enlightening articles.
In November 2002, the Master Juei-Guang from Guan-Zhong Temple in Hong Kong was mercy to transfer the 47th Dharma-Lineage of Tien-Tai Sect to the Venerable Hai Tau.
plwk wrote:So Astus, besides the Emperor, what was the role and purpose of the National Master other than advising His Majesty on Buddhist related stuff or was it another puppet role?
himalayanspirit wrote:I personally consider him the top most Buddhist of out time, even exceeding many politically famous Tibetan Buddhists - solely based on spiritual attainments. Of course, living upto the age of 120 and practicing Buddha dharma for hundred years is no joke and this anecdote about his compassion reinforces the validity of his sacredness.
[From Buddhanet]The Elder Master Hsu Yun saw that the Master was an outstanding individual in Buddhism and transmitted the Dharma lineage to him, giving him the Dharma name Hsuan Hua and making him the Ninth Patriarch of the Wei Yang Sect, the forty-fifth generation since the First Patriarch Mahakashyapa.
himalayanspirit wrote:So does that imply that Ven. Hsu Yun's attainments were exaggerated or even false?
I personally consider him the top most Buddhist of out time, even exceeding many politically famous Tibetan Buddhists - solely based on spiritual attainments. Of course, living upto the age of 120 and practicing Buddha dharma for hundred years is no joke and this anecdote about his compassion reinforces the validity of his sacredness.
But I do not mind being corrected on this judgment of mine; after all, it is more based on personal assessment through reading his bio and works, rather than understanding the direct nature of his attainments.
Will wrote:This mind-to-mind lineage can be scoffed at, but there are such lineages. Anyway, whether there are or were 'schools' - 'lineages' - 'teachings - groups - temples etc., Master Hsu Yun wrote a letter to Master Hua that named him as Patriarch in one of the Ch'an branches. I do not read Chinese and cannot find it now, it is somewhere in print and online. So Master Hsu Yun had some understanding of a Ch'an lineage, whether recognized by everybody or nobody, it was known by him.
Ven. Huifeng: since there is no formal recognition of "heads" of these "schools"...
Will wrote:Ven. Huifeng: since there is no formal recognition of "heads" of these "schools"...
Perhaps it is unusual, but Master Hsu Yun did give, 'formal recognition' by written notice regarding Master Hua; so "no formal recognition" is not correct.
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