Master Hsuan Hua (d.1995)

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Master Hsuan Hua (d.1995)

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A short biographical sketch of this Bodhisattva:

http://www.cttbusa.org/founder/biography.htm

More details about him:

http://www.cttbusa.org/founder.asp
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Quite the individual, I am reading. I would have Loved to study under Him. It is ever wonderful to find a Realized Spiritual Master, a Buddha.

I think this is definitely a skillful devotion to meditation, and shows how devoted He was to a pious life:
During that period, he made eighteen great vows, bowed to the Avatamsaka (Flower Adornment) Sutra, performed worship and pure repentance, practiced Chan meditation, studied the teachings, ate only one meal a day, and did not lie down to sleep at night. As his skill grew ever more pure, he won the admiration and respect of the villagers.
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He wished to establish communication between the Mahayana and Theravada traditions and unite the strength of Buddhism.
:thumbsup: He has the ideals of Gautama in mind here in full.
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From Master Hua's Biography:
Throughout his life the Venerable Master was totally selfless. He vowed to take the suffering and hardships of all living beings upon himself, and to dedicate all his own blessings and joy to the living beings of the Dharma Realm. He practiced what was difficult to practice and endured what was difficult to endure, persevering in his heroic and pure resolve. He was a candle that refused to be blown out by the gale, an irreducible lump of pure gold in the hot fire.
This is not to go un-noticed, in fact it must be noticed more than anything else. Someone that I believe to be Avalokakitesvara insisted to do a similar thing in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta. What a vow! To actually go through with such a vow is tedious and difficult, and immense devotion to others in the Spirit of the Bodhisattva:

It says here that even Lord Jesus did not say He would do such a thing. Of course, He must have at points in His prolonged actual Emanation into the Saha World. But what a tedious task! And information not to be taken lightly.

From the Fifteenth Chapter of the Caitanya-caritāmṛta:
Text 162: “My Lord, my heart breaks to see the sufferings of all the conditioned souls; therefore I request You to transfer the karma of their sinful lives upon my head.

Text 163: “My dear Lord, let me suffer perpetually in a hellish condition, accepting all the sinful reactions of all living entities. Please finish their diseased material life.”

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Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura gives the following commentary on this verse. In the Western countries, Christians believe that Lord Jesus Christ, their spiritual master, appeared in order to eradicate all the sins of his disciples. To this end, Lord Jesus Christ appeared and disappeared. Here, however, we find Śrī Vāsudeva Datta Ṭhākura and Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura to be many millions of times more advanced than even Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ relieved only his followers from all sinful reactions, but Vāsudeva Datta is here prepared to accept the sins of everyone in the universe. So the comparative position of Vāsudeva Datta is millions of times better than that of Lord Jesus Christ. A Vaiṣṇava is so liberal that he is prepared to risk everything to rescue the conditioned souls from material existence. Śrīla Vāsudeva Datta Ṭhākura is universal love itself, for he was willing to sacrifice everything and fully engage in the service of the Supreme Lord.

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Texts 164-169: When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu heard Vāsudeva Datta’s statement, His heart became very soft. Tears flowed from His eyes, and He began to tremble. In a faltering voice He spoke as follows. Accepting Vāsudeva Datta as a great devotee, the Lord said, “Such a statement is not at all astonishing because you are the incarnation of Prahlāda Mahārāja. It appears that Lord Kṛṣṇa has bestowed complete mercy upon you. There is no doubt about it. “Whatever a pure devotee wants from his master, Lord Kṛṣṇa doubtlessly grants because He has no duty other than to fulfill the desire of His devotee.“If you desire the deliverance of all living entities within the universe, then all of them can be delivered even without your undergoing the tribulations of sinful activity.
So Lord Caitanya refused to let all the living entities' karma to be put upon Vāsudeva Datta at that time, out of His own mercy, but one who vows to do such a thing for others is certainly a great Buddha indeed. There is no greater mercy and no deeper Love for God and others.

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Although he has manifested entry into Nirvana, he constantly turns the infinite wheel not leaving any traces, he came from empty space, and to empty space he returned. His disciples can only carefully follow their teacher's instructions, hold fast to their principles, honor the Buddha's regulations, and be ever more vigorous in advancing upon the path to Bodhi so that they can repay the Venerable Master's boundless and profound grace.
I quite appreciate the Truth that talks of such great Souls descending and returning back to the full Stream of Nirvana.
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A little about the life, character & teachings of this Bodhisattva. Recollections by some who knew him also.

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Master Hua Oral History Project. So far 20 or so videos of Master's disciples talking about him:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3SYA2 ... 696EaI8Vuw
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Some new recollections from his disciples. This one (#29) about Master negotiating with Yama & thus saving from death one of his disciples is worth pondering on:

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Ron Epstein recalls how the simple virtues of Master Hua impressed him:

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Several new recollection videos added, this one is the "engineer" attitude of Master Hua:

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Here is the playlist of all Memoir videos available at present:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... buVWVofA68
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Number 33 - a new one on Master helping parents of his disciples:

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A selection his Dharma presentations:

http://www.gbm-online.com/online/talk_hsuan_hua.html
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One sample on discerning demonic piffle from Dharma teachings:

http://www.gbm-online.com/online/dharma ... words.html
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Break the Shell 1:

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