Dharn Yeong Real Person's Recorded Sayings
The master resided in a shack furnished only with a desk, a long couch, a brush, an ink tablet and a sheepskin. It was empty without any extraneous objects. In the early morning he ate one small bowl of rice gruel and at noon ate one large bowl of noodles. Beyond this [gruel, noodles], never did fruits or spicy vegetables go through his mouth.
The master said:
"Sir Hoy-Sim was originally a minister of the land of Yin. One morning he realized the Tao. Thereby he cut off his family connections. His poetry includes the words, 'I abandoned and left the 3000 people of my household fires (domestic life and its attachments). I abandoned my personal troops which numbered one million.' After this he supported himself by begging. Wherever he came to an open area he clowned around [acted in an eccentric manner when in the presence of other people?]. He got to the point where he would go into brothels carrying barrels of liquor. He did not feel any embarrassment......."
The master also said:
"A person of the Tao must not dislike being poor. Poverty is the foundation of nurturing life. If hungry, eat one bowl of rice gruel. If you become sleepy, spread out a grass mat. Pass the days and nights in tattered garments. Such is truly the lifestyle of a person of the Tao. Therefore you must understand that the single matter of pure immaculateness cannot be acquired by the wealthy."
The master said: "When I first came inside the Passage and was going about begging, I arrived at a saloon. There was a drunk man [at the saloon]. Amidst the insults [that he was saying to me], I received a punch from him. Thereupon I ran, but he dragged me back and punched me again. All I could do was take it and bear it. Have any of you ever met with this kind of demonic hazard?"
A disciple answered, "No."
The master said: "That's good. If you do encounter [such a situation], do not fight back."
The master said:
"The Patriarch-Master [Worng Tsong Yeong] one time ordered his disciples to go to Ning-hai and beg for grain, coins and rice. I wanted to have another disciple go for me [and thus said], 'Make another older or younger brother [of mine] (fellow disciple) go.' Later, [Tsong Yeong asked me], 'Why [do you want me to do that]?' [I answered,] 'I, your disciple wish not to have to return to my home village [as a beggar]'. The Patriarch-Master became furious and beat me continually until dawn. Because of the many blows that I received, I had a regressing heart and I left him. But Master-Brother Yau [Tseong Tsorn] urged me into staying. Till this day, neither of us has forgotten [this incident]."