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The Pictorial Biography of the
Venerable Master Hsu Yun

37. TAKES PART IN STUDY AT T'IEN NING (TRANQUIL HEAVEN) MONASTERY  IN CH'ANG CHOU

The T'ien Ning Monastery in Ch'ang Chou County of Chiangsu Province is a large Buddhist Way Place known throughout China. The monastic property and wealth were plentiful and its blessings abundant. Both the Ch'an and teaching schools were practiced there, and it was foremost in recitation. The Venerable Master Ch'ing Kuang (Pure Light) was the Abbot at this time. Students who were a thousand miles away did not consider it far to come to draw near to him. In his 39th year, the Master arrived at the monastery to undertake the regulations of Ch'an meditation and passed the winter there.

 

 

The verse says:

The ancient T'ien Ning Monastery

was said to possess the Way.

Its setting was magical and people heroic,

--and elephants and tigers were hidden there. 

Thus the students from all ten directions

gathered together

To sit In Ch'an and study the teachings

expressed in pristine voice.

 

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