Venerable Master
Hsu Yun

1840-1959

Hsu Yun was a renowned Chinese Chan Buddhist master and one of the most influential Buddhist teachers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

His enlightment has a story. One evening, during the session, it came time for tea. As he held out his cup, the tea server accidentally poured hot tea all over Hsu Yun's hand and scalded it, causing him to release the cup and let it drop to the floor. The cup fell to the floor with a crash and the sound prompted in him an instantaneous enlightenment. It was a far-reaching and profound awakening.

When the cup smashed to the floor, his ignorance was smashed to bits, and he found his original face. He understood everything and immediately became enlightened; becoming enlightened, he immediately understood everything.

Elder Venerable Master Hsu Yun transmitted the Dharma lineage to Hsuan Hua, making him the Ninth lineage holder of the Guiyang school of Chan, the forty-fifth generation since Mahakashyapa (one of the principal disciples of Buddha who convened and directed the first council).

虛雲老和尚

1840-1959

公,諱演徹,字德清,號虛雲。俗姓蕭,湖南湘鄉人。幼習儒道,嘆非究竟,轉而從佛。屢萌出家之念。十九歲作《皮袋歌》行於世。即潛往福建省,禮耆宿常開老人薙染。次年,依鼓山湧泉寺妙蓮和尚受具。隱居後山巖洞中,禮拜《萬佛寶懺》。三年後出山,各處參善知識。

四十三歲,為報母恩,從普陀三步一拜朝禮五臺。五十六歲參加揚州高旻寺禪七,聞杯落地聲大悟。而說偈曰:

「杯子撲落地,響聲明瀝瀝,虛空粉碎也,狂心當下歇。」

後說法渡生,建寺傳戒,廣修叢林有三十餘處。如雲南雲棲寺、福建鼓山湧泉寺、廣東曲江南華寺、乳源雲門山大覺寺、江西雲居山真如寺等。

公於百二十歲時,預告眾曰:「吾死火化,將吾骨灰撒於水中餵魚。」於一九五九年陽曆十月十三日,吉祥臥示寂。荼毘,獲五色舍利無數,大如龍眼核,晶瑩光潔。塔於雲居山。門人出版年譜及法彙行世。

讚曰
中流砥柱挽狂瀾 僕僕風塵救倒懸
為法忘軀無自己 恆順眾生有人緣
黑暗明燈光普照 苦海慈航度大千
雲居真如留聖蹟 源遠流長法界寬