Dharma Affinities: Elder Master Guang Qin

The first time the Venerable Master paid a visit to Elder Master Guang Qin was back in 1974, when the Master was invited to Asia to deliver lectures on the Dharma. During his stay in Taiwan, the Master went, unannounced, to visit the Elder Guang Qin. The Elder Master Guang Qin does not pay any attention to worldy affairs, and has never gone out to greet anyone. But on this occasion, the day before the Venerable Master's arrival, he told his disciples to go out and sweep the paths and make preparations, because a great Bodhisattva would pay them a visit. The next day as Master Hua approached the Monastery up the long winding mountain path, Elder Guang Qin went out to greet him. For some time they spoke without words. Later the Master Hua asked Elder Guang Qin to come with him to America to hlep propagate the Dharma. The Elder monk motioned toward his old and shriveled body, worn by years of bitter practices, but said he would certainly come frequently in spirit.

The Venerable Master seated next to Elder Master Guang Qin on the rattan chair has become a treasured picture that many people bow to

The Venerable Master seated next to Elder Master Guang Qin on the rattan chair has become a treasured picture that many people bow to.
 

When the Master went to Taiwan in 1981, he paid the Elder Master Guang Qin another visit. Layperson Fayan Xie who drove the Master to Chengtian Monastery recalls, "When we arrived at Chengtian Monastery, several Dharma Masters came to open the car-door for the Venerable Master and to bow to him. As the main Buddha Hall was under construction, Elder Master Guang Qin was waiting to receive the Master in the Earth Store Hall. After the Master entered and bowed to the Buddhas, he grasped the Elder Master's hand in a firm hand-shake. Then they each sat in a rattan chair and began a heart to heart exchange. Their historic conversation will be remembered for many generations. Even today many people like to talk about it."

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