Introduction: Establishing Centers of Cultivation
and Bringing People Together
For an entire lifetime he personally
Scattered seeds of Bodhi.
Monasteries of Proper Dharma
Spread throughout America and Asia.
Looking for potential monasteries with tireless vigor.
In order to propagate the Proper Dharma, the Venerable Master not only trained and educated people, but also spent great effort in establishing various monasteries. He wanted to provide monasteries where people could cultivate in purity according to the Buddha's regulations as well as turn the Dharma wheel and carry out the Buddha's work.
After coming to America, over the years he established the many monasteries of the Proper Dharma in the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia, including the following: Gold Mountain Monastery, Gold Wheel Monastery, Gold Summit Monastery, Gold Buddha Monastery, Avatamsaka Monastery, Long Beach Monastery, the City of the Dharma Realm, Dharma Realm Monastery and Amitabha Monastery in Taiwan, Guanyin Sagely Monastery (Tze Yun Tung Temple) in Malaysia, and others. All of these monasteries firmly uphold the credo:
- Freezing to death, we do not scheme.
Starving to death, we do not beg.
Dying of poverty, we ask for nothing.
According with conditions, we do not change.
Not changing, we accord with conditions.
We adhere firmly to our three great principles.
We renounce our lives to do the Buddha's work.
We take the responsibility to mold our own destinies.
We rectify our lives as the Sangha's work.
Encountering specific matters, we understand the principles.
Understanding the principles, we apply them in specific matters.
We carry on the single pulse of the patriarchs' mind-transmission.
The monasteries follow the Six Guidelines: no fighting, no greed, no seeking, no pursuit of personal advantage, and no lying. They also honor the Venerable Master's rule of eating only one meal a day and only between noon and always wearing the kashaya sash. The monasteries have daily lectures on the Sutras, turning the great Dharma wheel to universally rescue living beings.
As the number of disciples who wished to leave the home-life grew, the Master needed to find larger facilities. A portion of his time and energy and much of his blood, sweat, and toil were spent in searching for appropriate places and facilities to house Buddhist monasteries, translation institutes, schools and training centers, homes for the elderly, lay housing, temples and lecture halls.
In those early days, the Master was always the first one up a mountain and the last one to tire as he out-paced and out-lasted all the young disciples during these hunting expeditions.