Remembering Master Sheng Yen

Master Sheng-yen

Revered Chan Master Sheng Yen died on February 3, 2009, in Taipei at the age of 79. He was an inspiration to Buddhists and non-Buddhists around the globe, and his writing regularly appeared in the pages of Tricycle. Master Sheng Yen’s last teaching was his death poem, below.

Busy with nothing, growing old.
Within emptiness, weeping, laughing.
Intrinsically, there is no “I.”
Life and death, thus cast aside.
—Master Sheng Yen


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Thirty one months
Twenty Six days
Since the death
of my daughter.

Still
So much her
Still
So much I.