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齊文惠帝竟陵文宣王莫不服膺。永明八年竟陵王請於第講維摩經。後為寺主。二十餘年。 長幼崇奉如事父母。從為弟子者四百餘人。年七十二。永明十年卒也。時寺又有僧要光淨。 並學行有聞也

3.9 (Tsai no.45) Ching-hui

The nun Ching-hui (Pure Radiance) (421-492) of Samantabhadra Convent

Ching-hui's secular surname was Yang. Her family was from Chien-k'ang [the capital of the Ch'i dynasty]. Her determination in the way of Buddhism was utterly sincere, and her joy in the teachings of the religion was exceptionally earnest. When she had first accepted all the monastic precepts for women, she received instruction from the masters of exegesis T'an-chi and Fa-yüan. She single-mindedly investigated the difficult subtleties of the Great Vehicle of Buddhism, and after ten years she was then herself a distinguished master.

The Ch'i heir apparent, Wen-hui (458-493) [eldest son of Emperor Wu], and the prince of Ching-ling, Wen-hsüan (460-494) [second son of the emperor], both treasured her. In the eighth year of the yung-ming reign period (490), the prince of Ching-ling invited her to his residence to give a lecture on the Vimalakīrti Scripture.

Later Ching-hui became the abbess of the convent, and young and old alike respectfully served her as though serving their parents. Those who followed her as disciples numbered over four hundred persons. In the tenth year of the yung-ming reign period (492), she died at the age of seventy-two.

At that time in the convent were the nuns Seng-yao and Kuang-ching, who were also known for their study and practice of Buddhism.

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