In the summer of 1994, I remember the Venerable Master had been sick for a while and then got slightly better, but his pain was still intense. When several of us went to see him, he forced himself to sit up despite his weak condition. In a very feeble voice, he recited from memory and explained a passage from the text Ten Jewels from the Sea of Dhyana. Then he asked us to explain each line again as he listened with total concentration. If there was some part that we couldn't explain very well, the Master patiently would explain it for us again. After that he recited by heart several more passages from Ten Jewels from the Sea of Dhyana and urged us to cultivate diligently. The Master was true to the vast vow he had made, "As long as I have a breath left, I will certainly lecture on the Sutras and speak the Dharma." That was also a genuine demonstration of the Master's tireless spirit of forgetting himself for the sake of the Dharma.
- by Equal Wisdom, p.105 - 106,
"In Memory of Ven. Hua Vol. I"
As long as I have a breath left, I will lecture
on the Sutras and speak the Dharma.
The breadth and depth of the Venerable Master's teachings is difficult to fathom - he expounded the Sutras, lectured on the various Dharma doors, and gave instructional talks that pointed straight to our hearts. He also taught us rules and that we should follow them. Even the Master's poetry, couplets and essays hold precious lessons for everyone. He also composed an equally diverse range of biographies on various historical personages, hoping we would emulate the virtuous sages of old. The Venerable Master also used Prajna humor to activate our inherent wisdom. All that is just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, many more of the Master's lessons were imparted informally, and many more were wordless lessons that can be derived from his deeds and actions.