“Number Eight – Cutting an Arm”
The revered master (Liu) in 905 in Chengdu in the daochang within Wang Jian’s workshop, cut into his one and only left arm, and at 48 cuts ordered (himself) to stop. With each cut (Liu) uttered an oath swearing to aid the masses, thereby echoing Amitabha Buddha’s 48 vows. On the summit for one hundred thousand days, unlimited drumming in the east, along with his own voice, throughout that part of the world, the clerk Xie Gong memorialized the event by performing music for all to hear. The King of Shu exclaimed that it was extraordinary, and dispatched a messenger to commend and award him.