Five Americans Leave the Home-Life

The Seattle Times published a large, front-page article and photo of the Master's five left-home disciples on Monday, November 10, 1969. The following is an excerpt from the article:

"(Taipei, Formosa AP) Five young Americans, including four University of Washington students, hoping to become Buddhist monks and nuns began studying today at the Haihui Buddhist Temple in the Northern Formosan city of Keelung. The five arrived in Formosa Oct. 31 (...) If they stick to their schedule, they will be ordained into the priesthood December 1. All have studied Buddhism in the United States and will return there in December to take up duties in San Francisco's Buddhist Lecture Hall."

Notes Taken by Disciple Guo Yi Prior to Departure to Haihui Monastery in Keelung, Taiwan

October 27, 1969

The Master said:

I eat only once a day because I know that many of the world's people are hungry and I wish to offer my food to them. Eating only once a day at noon is in accord with Shakyamuni Buddha's rules.

In cultivating the Way, do not look at the faults of others. Speak of their good points instead. This is to have "virtue with respect to the mouth." If you don't have that kind of virtue, then no matter what you say, no one will believe you. With virtue in the three karmas of body, mouth, and mind, you will be respected on first sight. People will know by your bearing that you have virtue.

When you understand and can teach the Shurangama Sutra, the Dharma Flower Sutra, and when you have studied the Avatamsaka Sutra, you will separate and travel in the ten directions to be Dharma hosts and teach those with whom you have conditions.

In Buddhism you stand on your own two feet! Don't worry! Everything will be very easy.

Excerpts from an article by Oldy but Goody, p. 103, 106
"In Memory of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, Vol. III"