Master's Wu Tzu Poems
Touch People's Hearts
|Mr. Wang Bao-xing, President of the Tainan Literary
Writers' Society, performs an impromptu recitation of Master's poem
||A cultural gathering in Tainan at the Wu Tzu Poems
seminar. Immediately after the seminar, Mr. Chen Tai-ran, Founder
and President of the Tainan Formosan Language and Chinese Poetry
Society (standing in the middle), signs up to learn the Convenient
The Wu Tzu Poems
seminar was an exclusive feast for the soul, during which guests and
speakers alike expressed reverence for Supreme Master Ching Hai.
Many artists shared
their views on Wu Tzu Poems and also revealed their love and fond feelings
for the works through poetry recitations (in Chinese or Minnanese).
Mr. Zhang Tian-yuan, President of the Chinese Calligraphy and Seal Carving
Society, gave a detailed introduction to the origin of Wu Tzu Poems
and compared Master to such ancient sages as Lao Tze and Chuang Tze.
To him, Supreme Master Ching Hai has attained perfection in spiritual
Chen Ji-shan of the National University of Tainan said, "Master
is an enlightened Teacher who has attained the ultimate Truth. From
Master's poems, I can feel Her mercy and intense love for all sentient
beings. It's my greatest honour to be able to sing three Wu Tzu Poems
- 'Maze', 'Advice for Cultivating Self-Realization' and 'Empathy' -
at the seminar."
guest was Mr. Chen Tai-ran, founder and President of the Tainan Formosan
Language and Chinese Poetry Society, who stated, "Master's Wu Tzu
Poems transcend the secular realm and reach the saintly level. Especially
in 'Loving You', Her great selfless love transcends the emotional parting
with the poet's most beloved and touches the reader's innermost heart.
After reading Wu Tzu Poems, I was guided by an invisible magnetic power.
Driven by a powerful inspiration, I wrote the following poem."
Mr. Chen then dedicated the poem to Master and recited it in the Minnanese
dialect commonly spoken throughout Formosa:
Ching (pure) and unearthly
is Her saintly presence,
Hai (the ocean) delivers sentient beings,
Wu-wo (selflessly) seeking liberation in this world,
Shang Shih (the Supreme Master) masters the Quan Yin Method.
Dr. Chen also recited
Master's poems "Loving You" and "Mandalay - Burma"
before sharing his insights on the literary style of the latter poem.
Mr. Chen then added, "In my eyes, each of Master's poems is a pastoral
painting. I hope that all the guests will sincerely accept Master's
spiritual guidance and seek the original source of their lives."
Immediately after the seminar, Mr. Chen learned the Convenient Method.
Mr. Wang Bao-xing,
President of the Tainan Literary Writers' Society, also cherished his
participation in the Wu Tzu Poems seminar and was especially touched
to witness the fellow disciples' sincerity when speaking of Supreme
Master Ching Hai. He performed an impromptu recitation of "Spring
Rhymes", "A Lonesome Night" and "Empathy" from
Wu Tzu Poems and also wrote the characters for "Empathy" in
classical Chinese calligraphy. During his recitation, Mr. Wang was totally
absorbed in Master's poems and forgot himself. His voice was so full
of feeling that the audience was moved to tears. Finally, he asked,
"Please close your eyes and listen to the recitation of the next
poem with your hearts. I hope that everyone will thus be linked soul
to soul, cherish their meeting and be conscious of Supreme Master Ching
Hai's divine love."
The members of Tainan's
cultural community who were present thought the seminar was a grand
event for the literati, a literary feast and a spiritual congregation
with Supreme Master Ching Hai. Expressing wonder that Master's poetry
could be recited and sung in different styles, they extolled Wu Tzu
Poems as one of the world's immortal verse collections, and hoped that
everyone would be fortunate enough to own and cherish the work.
Wu Tzu Poems in Calligraphy
At noon on August
28 after the poetry seminar, fourteen prominent calligraphers from Tainan
practiced their art on the Exhibition's stage. As a huge and highly
impressed crowd looked on, the calligraphers wrote Master's Wu Tzu Poems
with great concentration, using free and fluent yet forceful strokes.
One after another, the works were completed and hung up, filling the
venue with a rich poetic atmosphere. People felt their heartstrings
tugged again and again as they read and appreciated the poems, and found
joy in Master's ethereal vision!
Opera and Storytelling
On the evening of
August 27, the initiates performed Wu Tzu Poems in the form of a traditional
opera accompanied by Chinese music. Then on the evening of August 29,
selections from Wu Tzu Poems appeared as stories told to the audience.
At these performances, printed programs were distributed to the guests
and a synchronized slide show was presented to help the audience enter
the world of Master's verse. Using scripts based on the works, the storytelling
was accompanied by music from an erhu (a traditional Chinese bowed instrument
with two strings).
host and storyteller Mr. Lai Jun-rong, the various stages of Master's
life were unveiled to the audience as selections from Wu Tzu Poems were
recited to depict Her quest for the Truth, stages of Enlightenment,
efforts in sharing the Quan Yin Method and way of leading the world
into the Golden Age. The recital of nineteen pieces from Wu Tzu Poems
interspersed throughout the storytelling enhanced the sensational performance,
which deeply touched the audience members' hearts!
The performers said
they were highly honoured to sing and recite Master's Wu Tzu Poems in
the form of traditional Chinese opera. And at each rehearsal, they were
moved to tears by Her noble spirit and aspiration to deliver the world
Back to the Heavenly Home
day during the Exhibition, people with various forms of affinity asked
to learn the Convenient Method. These sincere aspirants had even been
blessed with celestial vision, and most enjoyed great bliss as they entered deep samadhi
during CM meditation.
Feeling that Master
had been guiding her all the way, a woman who had read Master's book
ten years earlier finally embarked on the spiritual path during the
Exhibition, and her joy was apparent. Also, as mentioned above, Mr.
Chen Tai-ran, a participant in the Wu Tzu Poems seminar, was so touched
by Master's poems that he too boarded the Convenient Method train to
Heaven. In addition, three young people who saw the poster reading "Free
Teaching of Meditation" near the venue immediately enrolled to
learn the Convenient form of practice. And one of them who had practiced
meditation before said, "I realized after learning the Convenient
Method that it's truly important to be on the right path."
The Curtain Falls
the last evening of the 2004 Tainan Book Exhibition, all the fellow
initiates in attendance meditated together to pray for world peace,
and took a group photograph to mark a perfect ending to the event. For
them, the Exhibition was a feast of body, mind and spirit, during which
they continually basked in God's ocean of love! The Tainan sisters and
brothers thanked Master for having arranged this opportunity for them
to share with the world the good news about the Golden Age. During the
event, the initiates' deep devotion to spreading God's message helped
many yearning souls establish contact with
God and a number of long-departed initiates return to Master's embrace
and rejoin group meditation sessions, much to the delight of all. While
sharing and enjoying God's infinite love, the initiates also learned
how to better love others and practice humility!
Highlights of the above-mentioned
book exhibition on the Sun TV Program A Journey through Aesthetic Realms
#110 and #111 may be viewed at:
(In English, with Chinese subtitles)