Venerable Master Hsuan Hua Preaching Buddhism to the West
The Reason why Hsuan Hua Preached to the West
Venerable Master Hsuan Hua has a kind heart, and he is willing to teach and transform all beings regardless to their birth, country, ethnic, religion, and so forth. Although the majority of his disciples are Chinese, history will remember him as the pioneer of bringing Buddhism and Dharma to the Western countries.
The story starts at his mother's grave site in rural China. The Master, in his early twenties, was observing the Chinese filial practice of three year's mourning. He built a meditation hut and meditated there constantly. One day, he saw the Sixth Patriarch of the Chan (Zen) Lineage walking into his hut. They communicated and the Master remembered Sixth Patriarch saying:
a hundred and then a thousand, until they are endless . . .
countless like the sands of the Ganges . . .
the genuine beginning of Buddhism in the West."
The Sixth Patriarch was telling Hsuan Hua that he should leave China and propagate Buddhism to the West. However, the Master had little contact with Westerners until he moved to Hong Kong in 1949.
After his Dharma predecessor, Venerable Master Hsu Yun, entered into Nirvana at 1959, Hsuan Hua attended to his ceremonies, and he began to travel to the West afterward. Several of his lay disciples from Hong Kong had already gone to the United States to study.
In 1962, the Master decided to go to San Francisco. At the small Chinatown temple, he lectured on the Amitabha Sutra and hosted meditation session. Hsuan Hua spent the rest of his life in spreading Buddhism in the Western countries since 1962 to 1995. He performed multiple Ordination Ceremonies, built monasteries, established Buddhism text translation society, and Buddhism university.
At 1995, Venerable Master Hsuan Hua entered into Nirvana.