City of Ten Thousand Buddhas -
Respectfully Welcoming the Venerable Master
Respectfully welcoming the Venerable Master.
The car convoy slowly moved forward. Both sides of the road were packed with earnest people who had their palms placed together. The body of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, who had completed the stillness ten days earlier, was transported from Los Angeles and reached the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in northern California on Saturday, June 17, at seven o'clock in the morning.
A yellow banner with the words "Welcoming the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, the Founder of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas at Wonderful Enlightenment Mountain, on his return to the City" was suspended high up on the gate at the main entrance to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. When the Venerable Master's casket was respectfully taken out (and moved to a smaller vehicle), the multitude recited the Buddha's name with even more fervor and strength.
After the vehicle bearing the Master's casket had passed under the arch of the main entrance, the faithful followers standing on both sides of the road joined together in the middle of the road and followed the vehicle as it made its way towards the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Left-home disciples of the Venerable Master then respectfully moved the Master's casket into the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The ten thousand statues of sitting Buddhas which cover the four walls inside the hall were cast and made by the Venerable Master himself in earlier years.
Adapted from p. 51 - 52, "In Memory of Ven. Master Hua, Vol. I"
Original article from Chinese World Journal, (June 18, 1995)
Arriving at the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
Bowing nine times in utmost sincerity to
the Venerable Master.