The life of hsuan-tsang, the Tripitaka-master of the Great by Huili; San Shih Buddhist Institute (Tr)

By Huili; San Shih Buddhist Institute (Tr)

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A repast, prepared to continue their journey. But the man said: “ The journey ahead is far and dangerous with neither water nor grass on the way. As water can only be obtained at the five watch-towers, we have to reach there at night to steal water and pass along. But if discovered we shall be dead men. ” But the. Master was determined not to go back, and thus the foreigner was compelled to proceed. He took out his sword and motioned the Master to go before him, but the Master refused to do so.

Thus he preached on the Ten Good Deeds of having kindness for all living beings1 and on the p&ramitas which were the way to emancipation. The khan salaamed and accepted the teachings with delight. When the Master had stayed there for some days, the khan advised him to remain in his country, saying: “ You need not go to India which is a hot country; the climate there in the tenth month is about the same in the Fifth 1The Ten Good Deeds are not to kill, not to steal, not to commit adultery, not to tell lies, not to use a “double-tongue,” not to speak coarse language, not to speak filthy language, not to be covetous, not to hate and not to hold wrong views.

In the monastery were also two other Hinayana teachers, Dharmapriya and Dharmakara, who were respected by the people of that country. On seeing that the Master had magnanimous airs and great intelligence, they honoured and respected him greatly. 1 The kings of these countries heard that the Master had come from a distant land, and both sent their noble ministers to invite him to their countries to re­ ceive offerings. He declined the invitations, but the en­ voys came again and again to invite him, and so he could not but go.

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