Original Chinese Language Article By: http://blog.sina.com.cn
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
The Venerable old monk Ben Ru was the fortieth generation Patriarch of the Hua Yan School. His family surname was ‘Wang’ and his first names were ‘Li Man’. He was born in 1926 on the 10th day of the 10th lunar month, in Hailun County, situated in Heilongjiang province. He was of the Manchu ethnicity. He passed away on the 6th day of the 12th lunar month, 2005, at the Hua Yan Patriarch Cave Temple on Mount Shangfang, situated in Beijing. He followed his vows diligently and purified his worldly body to inspire those yet to come. On the 15th day of the second lunar month, 2009, a number of his dedicated Dharma disciples opened his cylindrical burial chamber – as the Patriarch had previously requested.
After the burial chamber was opened, it was discovered that the Patriarch was still sitting in the up-right and crossed meditation position, his hair had grown long, and his skin retained its usual elasticity. Those who witnessed this were astonished! His body was carefully preserved with a gold lacquer paste, and then placed for respectful veneration in the newly built Great Hall of the Hua Yan Patriarch Cave Temple.
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.
Original Chinese Language Source Text:
宗第四十代祖师 本 如老和尚，俗姓王,名立满。满族。一九二六年农历十月十日