A YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORD OF THE LIFE OF
VENERABLE MASTER HUA AND THE ACTIVITIES OF
DHARMA REALM BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION
(Editor's Note: The Venerable Master Hua selflessly gave everything he had to Buddhism. Devoid of any thought of self, he established the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association in the United States to extensively propagate the Dharma for the benefit of living beings. In order to train his disciples, he often allowed them to organize and manage events on their own. After the Venerable Master's arrival in America, the events of his life were closely tied to the activities of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, and so they will be listed together from here on.)
- He lectured on the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, the Vajra Sutra, the Heart Sutra, the Song of Enlightenment by Great Master Yongjia, the Book of Changes, the Sixth Patriarch's Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra, and the Amitabha Sutra.
- In June, at the Buddhist Lecture Hall in San Francisco, he began a 96-day Study and Practice Summer Session for students and faculty from the University of Washington in Seattle, during which he lectured on the Shurangama Sutra, as often as four times a day by the end. After the session was over, many of the participants remained in San Francisco to study under the Venerable Master. Five Americans left the home-life under him, marking the beginning of the Sangha in the history of American Buddhism.
- In November, he began lecturing on the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, the Earth Store Sutra, and the Vajra Sutra.
- He lectured on the Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra and Verses Without A Stand, the Chapter on the "Conduct and Vows of Universal Worthy" (Avatamsaka Sutra), the Sixth Patriarch's Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra, the Great Compassion Heart Dharani Sutra, and the Amitabha Sutra.
- The five American left-home disciples went to Keelung, Taiwan and received full ordination at Haihui Monastery.
- He lectured on the Shastra on the Door to Understanding the Hundred Dharmas.
- He founded Gold Mountain Monastery in San Francisco (Fifteenth Street address)
- He held the Hundred Day Chan Session (November 15– February 20, 1971), during which he gave Chan instruc tional talks and lectured on the Records of High Sanghans.
- He founded Vajra Bodhi Sea, a monthly journal of orthodox Buddhism.
- He lectured on the Shastra of the Awakening of Faith in Mahayana, the Sutra of Divining Good and Evil Karma, the Preface to the Flower Adornment Sutra Prologue, and the Flower Adornment Sutra Prologue.
- He began lecturing on The Ten Dharma Realms Are Not Beyond A Single Thought, the Flower Adornment Sutra, and the Bodhi Seal of the Patriarchs.
- On September 22, Gold Mountain Monastery completed the first Threefold Ordination Ceremony of a Thousand Buddhas.
- He founded the Institute for the Translation of Buddhist Texts.
- He founded Instilling Goodness Elementary Schools (Boys' School and Girls' School) at the Institute for the Translation of Buddhist Texts in San Francisco.
- American left-home disciples Heng Ju and Heng Yo began a Three Steps One Bow pilgrimage from San Francisco to Gold Summit Monastery in Seattle to pray for world peace. This was the first Three Steps One Bow pilgrimage in the history of American Buddhism.
- He founded the Bodhidharma Center in Seattle.
- He lectured on the Sutra in Forty-two Sections Spoken by the Buddha and the Essentials of the Shramanera Vinaya and Rules of Deportment.
- He purchased the site of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) in northern California.
- (November 20 anuary 12, 1975) Upon invitation he led a delegation to propagate the Dharma in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, and other places.
- He founded Gold Wheel Monastery (old location) in Los Angeles.
- He lectured on the Chapter of the "Perfect Penetration of Great Strength Bodhisattva" and on the Nature of Medicinal Herbs.
- On August 30, the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas completed the second Threefold Ordination Ceremony of a Thousand Buddhas.
- He founded Developing Virtue Secondary Schools (Boys' School and Girls' School) and Dharma Realm Buddhist University
- On May 7 American left-home disciples Heng Sure and Heng Chau began a Three Steps One Bow pilgrimage from Gold Wheel Monastery in Los Angeles to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in northern California to pray for world peace.
- In November, Paul Cardinal Yubin led a religious delegation to visit the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
- From July 30 eptember 27, he led the first Asian Delega tion of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Dharma Realm Buddhist University, in response to invitations from Buddhists in Southeast Asia, on a tour of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong to propagate the Dharma. During a twelve-day nationwide tour of Malaysia, over 6000 people took refuge with the Triple Jewel, an unprecedented number in Malaysian Dharma propagation.
- From December 10–17 the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas held a memorial service for Paul Cardinal Yubin, Honorary Trustee of Dharma Realm Buddhist University, for San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, and for the souls of all disaster victims in the Dharma Realm. Sutras were recited for seven days on their behalf.
- He lectured on the Earth Store Sutra.
- Instilling Goodness Elementary School moved to CTTB.
- On March 14 during a dialogue with Quentin Kopp, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the Venerable Master predicted that Communism would disappear in ten years.
- On October 28 the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas completed the third Threefold Ordination Ceremony.
- On November 4:
1. Inauguration held for CTTB's Thousand-handed, Thousand-Eyed Guanshiyin Bodhisattva statue
2. Opening ceremony for Dharma Realm Buddhist University
3. Completion of nine year lecture series on the great Sutra of the Dharma Realm--the Flower Adornment Sutra
4. American left-home disciples Heng Sure and Heng Chau completed their Three Steps One Bow pilgrimage
- He lectured on Exhortation to Bring Forth the Resolve for Bodhi, the Shurangama Mantra with Verses and Commentary, and the Sutra of the Buddha's Final Teaching.
- He lectured on the Earth Store Sutra.
- He established the Buddhist Council for the Rescue and Resettlement of Refugees, a non-profit social welfare organization authorized by the American government to rescue and resettle Vietnamese and other Indo-Chinese refugees, giving them vocational counseling and English training.
- In December he attended the Third World Sangha Conference (Taipei, Taiwan).
- From November 29~December 29 he led the Second Asian Delegation of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Dharma Realm Buddhist University on a tour of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia to propagate the Dharma.
- He delivered lectures at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Davis, the University of Oregon, and San Francisco State University.
- He lectured on the "Pure Conduct" Chapter.
- On October 24 the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas completed the fourth Threefold Ordination Ceremony.
- On October 31 CTTB held a large Dharma Assembly commemorating the completion and inauguration of the gate of three arches at the entrance, the Jewelled Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and the Five Contemplations Dining Hall. It was attended by several thousand people from the United States and several hundred devotees from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other countries.
- He established the Sangha and Laity Training Programs.
- On January 2 Gold Wheel Monastery held its opening ceremony and the jade Buddha emitted light, an auspicious sign.
- He began lecturing on Medicine Master Sutra, the Nirvana Sutra, and the Analects.
- The CTTB began the annual tradition of bowing the Jewelled Repentance before Ten Thousand Buddhas prior to the Festival for Bathing the Buddha (Buddha's Birthday).
- From November to January of 1984 he sent his disciples on the Third International Delegation of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Dharma Realm Buddhist University to visit Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, India, Germany, Austria, France, and England.
- He founded Gold Summit Monastery in Seattle (old location) and Gold Buddha Monastery in Vancouver, Canada.
- On May 27 Dharma Realm Buddhist University held its First Commencement Exercises.
- He lectured on the Chapter of the "Perfect Penetration of Great Strength Bodhisattva."
- He lectured on the Song of Enlightenment by Great Master Yong Jia, Reflections in Water and Mirrors, and the Essay on the Exhortation to Bring Forth the Bodhi Resolve.
- Gold Mountain Monastery moved to a new location in San Francisco's Chinatown.
- The Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Association was founded in Taiwan.
- From July 4–6 the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas held its Tenth Anniversary Celebration.
- On July 6 the Sangha and Laity Training Programs held their First Commencement Exercises.
- He founded Avatamsaka Monastery in Calgary, Canada.
- On January 29 Gold Mountain Monastery held an inauguration ceremony for its three Buddha images.
- On May 22 the anniversary of Universal Worthy Bodhisattva, Gold Summit Monastery held an inauguration ceremony for images of Universal Worthy, Manjushri, Weituo, and Qielan Bodhisattvas.
- On May 10 the anniversary of Manjushri Bodhisattva, Gold Buddha Monastery held an inauguration ceremony for images of Manjushri and Universal Worthy Bodhisattvas.
- In July he attended and delivered speeches at various symposia on education and philosophy in New York, Texas, and the U.S. West Coast.
- From July 18–24 he hosted the Water, Land, and Air Ceremony and invited nearly 100 Sangha members from mainland China to attend. In the history of Chinese Buddhism, this was the Buddhist event with the greatest number of participants coming from the farthest distances. Several thousand people from this country and abroad attended.
- In August he hosted the Conference of United World Religions, inviting representatives of Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, and Taoism to gather and discuss current pressing social issues related to ethics, science and technology, religion, education, the family, and so on.
- In August he was a guest lecturer at the Buddhist-Christian Conference held at the University of California at Berkeley, speaking on "Meditation and Prayer."
- On April 6 California Secretary of State March Fong Eu visited Gold Mountain Monastery.
- He gave lectures at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver: "The Force of Great Learning," "Confucianism and Human Roots," "An Ancient Chinese Method in Modern Times," "In Search of Great Wisdom and Harmony."
- On August 20 the Second Commencement Exercises of Dharma Realm Buddhist University and the Sangha and Laity Training Programs were held.
- August 28 he hosted a conference on religion, ethics, science, education, and philosophy: "Tapping the Potential for Wisdom Inherent in Humankind."
- On September 10 the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas held an inauguration ceremony for the image of Earth Store Bodhisattva and an Earth Store Bodhisattva Celebration.
- In December he led the Third International Propagation Delegation of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Dharma Realm Buddhist University to Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong at the invitation of major Buddhist monasteries. He conducted a Dharma Assembly for Protecting the Nation and Quelling Disasters and other Dharma propagation activities. He also founded the Proper Dharma Buddhist Academy in Taiwan.
- He delivered lectures at various universities in America and abroad on "Major Events and Changes in China in the Past Century."
- In January he was a special guest of President George Bush at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. He was the only Oriental representative at a National Prayer Meeting.
- In March he delivered a Dharma lecture at the Washington Buddhist Association.
- In March he gave lectures at the Quaker Center for Study and Meditation in Philadelphia on "Renewal of Virtue" and "Virtue in Action" and hosted discussions on the common bonds concerning Buddhism, Confucianism, and Quakerism.
- On April 1 Father John Rogers, Lecturer in Religious Studies at Humboldt State University (HSU), brought several dozen HSU students on a field trip to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas as part of their course in Comparative Religion. Since then, Father Rogers has organized field trips to CTTB every semester.
- In April he lectured at the University of Oregon on "Buddhism--The Perspective of Wisdom."
- In April he lectured at the University of British Columbia on "Fundamental Moral Obligations," "Buddhist Ethics," "Human Foundations and Filial Respect," "Remolding Your Life," and "Harmonious Family Life."
- In July he lectured at the University of Hawaii on "Contribution of Ancient Wisdom to Modern Education," "100 Years of Change: China in the Twentieth Century," "The Chinese Vision of the Way and Its Virtue."
- From July 15~August 5 the Dharma Realm Buddhist University held an Intensive Seminar and Practicum on Ethics.
- On August 10 he participated in "A Christian-Buddhist Dialogue" with a professor of the Department of Religious Studies of Humboldt State University.
- On September 2 the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas completed the Fifth Threefold Ordination Ceremony.
- On September 9 he gave lectures at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on "How to Improve Current Educational Trends" and "Major Events and Changes in China in the Past Century."
- From September 10–11 he gave lectures at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) on "Buddhism and Life: Some Basic Issues" and "Interrelationships Between World Religions."
- From September 17–19 he gave lectures at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) on "Our Responsibilities to Society, Our Country, and the World," "The Fundamental Aspect of Technology," "Shaping Your Own Destiny--A Buddhist Approach," "Proper Goals and Development for Today's Youth," and "The Buddhist Theory of Cause and Effect."
- From October 9~November 3, he led the Fourth International Propagation Delegation of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Dharma Realm Buddhist University to Taiwan, where he hosted the Guanyin Great Compassion Dharma Assembly for Protecting the Nation and Quelling Disasters. During that time there was a great earthquake in San Francisco, confirming the Venerable Master's words, "As long as I am in San Francisco, I will not allow an earthquake to occur in San Francisco."
- On November 4 an inauguration celebration was held for the image of Medicine Master Thus Come One Who Quells Disasters and Lengthens Life at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
- On November 9 and 11, he lectured on "What is the Basis of Education?" and held a Workshop on Meditation and Buddhist Practice.
- From November 30~December 3 he delivered lectures in Austin, Texas.
- Dharma Realm Monastery was founded in Liugui, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan.
- On February 2 he delivered a lecture at the University of California at Berkeley on "Buddhism and Human Roots."
- On February 7 he delivered a keynote speech at the international conference "Buddhism into the Year 2,000" sponsored by the Dhammakaya Foundation of Thailand.
- On February 29 he delivered a lecture at the University of California at Los Angeles on "How to End Suffering and Attain Happiness" and held a discussion on Chan meditation.
- In March, Vajra Bodhi Sea (the journal of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas) began distribution in Taiwan.
- From April 20–23 he delivered lectures in Atlanta, Georgia.
- In May, five American monks went to Dragon Flower Monastery in Shanghai, China, to help administer the Ordination Ceremony. U.S. President George Bush sent a fax to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas congratulating the Venerable Master and his disciples.
- On May 8 he was officially sworn in by Police Chief Frank Jordan as a Chaplain of the San Francisco Police Department.
- From May 26–27 he delivered lectures at the University of Washington in Seattle.
- On June 16, Police Chief Jordan visited the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and exchanged views on society and education with the Venerable Master.
- From June 21–27 he delivered lectures in Washington, D.C.
- From July 13-August 4 a conference on "Buddhism and the Modern World" was held at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
- He lectured on the Mencius.
- From August 31-September 21, at the invitation of Taiwan Buddhists, he led a Propagation Delegation of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Dharma Realm Buddhist University to Taiwan and hosted a Dharma Assembly in Memory of Elder Master Hsu Yun's 150th Anniversary. He also hosted the Great Nationwide Dharma Assembly for Recitation of the Buddha's Name to Pray for Blessings and Quell Disasters at the Chiang Kaishek Memorial in Taipei. Over ten thousand people attended and brilliant rays of light were seen in the sky, an auspicious portent.
- In October, at the invitation of Buddhists in England, France, Poland, and Belgium, he led the Fifth International Propagation Delegation of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Dharma Realm Buddhist University to propagate the Dharma in Europe for the first time. The theme of the tour was: The Buddha's Timeless Teachings and Eternal Wisdom. Lectures covered: "Buddhism and World Peace," "Buddhist Education and Its Application," "Uniting the Northern and Southern Traditions of Buddhism," "Gathering in the World's Religions."
- On October 7, a two-week Elderhostel program was held at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Since then, Elderhostel programs have been held several times at the City.
- On November 6, he sent his disciples to Beijing to bring the Long Zang edition of the Buddhist Canon back to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, thus symbolizing the taking of a further step in the relationship between Chinese and American Buddhism and the transmission of the Buddhadharma to the West.
- Gold Wheel Monastery in Los Angeles moved to a new location.
- The International Translation Institute and the Administrative Headquarters of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association moved to Burlingame, California.
- From January 8–20, at the invitation of Mingru Monastery in Jilin, China, he sent disciples to visit and to discuss the Buddhadharma.
- Beginning on February 16, the morning recitation at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas combined the ceremony of the northern tradition (including the Shurangama Mantra) with the Pali chanting of the southern tradition. [Note: In 1992 the City reverted to alternating days of Chinese and English ceremonies.]
- On May 3, the Amaravati Buddhist Centre in England sent senior monk Ajahn Amaro as a representative to make offerings of robes and almsbowls to the Sangha led by the Venerable Master. This ritual symbolized an exchange between Mahayana and Theravada traditions, writing a new page in the history of Buddhism.
- From June 21~July 6, a meditation retreat in the Theravadan tradition was conducted at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas by Ajahn Sumedho of the Amaravati Buddhist Centre in England.
- On July 14, the Sixth Threefold Ordination Ceremony was completed at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
- On September 28, he was invited to lecture at the tenth anniversary celebration of the International Daily News.
Topic: Looking at the World.
- From October 4–15, he sent the Dharma Realm Buddhist
University Delegation on a lecture tour to Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. The theme was: "Buddhism--A Growing Religion in North America." Other topics included: "Not Killing, and Using Peace of Mind to Bring Peace to the World," "Vegetarianism--the Choice of Wisdom and Compassion," "What Buddhism Says about Choosing a Career," "The Collective Karma of a Nation and the Individual Karma of People," "The Essential Factor in Education--Ethics."
- Amitabha Monastery was founded in Hualian, Taiwan.
- The Venerable Master conducted a repentance ritual concerning four Bhikshus.
- From February 7 to April 3 he sent the Fifth Asian Delegation of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Dharma Realm Buddhist University to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia to propagate the Dharma at the invitation of the Buddhists in those countries. The Delegation hosted a three-week-long Jewelled Repentance Before the Ten Thousand Buddhas in Malaysia.
- On March 16 Dharma Masters from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas were specially requested to host the opening ceremony for the Asian Culture and Art Exhibition at Humboldt State University.
- On April 28 he accepted the invitation of George Bush, the President of the United States, and went with eighteen members of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association to attend the President's Dinner in Washington, D.C.
- On May 19 the Venerable Master gave a talk to students of Lowell High School at Gold Mountain Monastery.
- On July 4 Lin Yanggang, the Director of the Judicial Yuan of the Republic of China, and his wife visited the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and discussed issues of Chinese and American education with the chancellors of Dharma Realm Buddhist University. Mr. Lin also visited the Venerable Master at the International Translation Institute, where they discussed the future of China, the American situation, and the policies of government.
- On July 29 Liang Surong, the Advisor to the President of the Republic of China and the former Director of the Legislative Yuan, visited the Venerable Master.
- On August 28 Cheng Wanzhen, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco, visited the Venerable Master. The Master said he wished to serve as a bridge for the future unification of China.
- In August, the Water, Land, and Air Ceremony was conducted cooperatively by Dharma Masters from mainland China as well as Taiwan.
- On September 16 the Seventh Threefold Ordination Ceremony was completed at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
- On October 23 Edwin Derwinski, Vice-chairman of President Bush's Reelection Campaign Committee, visited the Venerable Master. During the press conference, the Master said that if the President would refuse to take a salary, thus setting an example as the leader of the American people, he would certainly win the election.
- The Buddhist Lay Care Unit of the First Social Welfare Department of Shanghai praised the Venerable Master as "The Foremost High Sanghan in the World." The Master declined the title.
- On November 8 he accepted an invitation to lecture at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) on "Buddhism Today" and "Ethics and Education."
- On November 15, in order to save ethical education from bankruptcy, the Venerable Master proclaimed that the twenty-seventh day of the eleventh lunar month each year would be the Day for Respecting Elders.
- On December 20 the First Celebration for Respecting Elders was held in Los Angeles in honor of virtuous and worthy elders seventy years of age and older.
- The Administrative Headquarters of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association was moved to Burlingame, California.
- The Monastery of Blessings and Wisdom in Meinong, Taiwan, was offered to the Venerable Master.
- The Dharma Realm Cultural Education Foundation was founded in Taiwan.
- From January 3–18, at the invitation of Taiwan Buddhists, the Venerable Master went to Taiwan to host the Shurangama and Great Compassion Assembly and to transmit the Three Refuges and Five Precepts. Thirty-eight people left the home-life with the Master.
- A Dharma Master from China hosted a Chan session in which participants deviated from the CTTB's traditional practices of eating one meal a day before noon and always wearing the sash. These practices were resumed afterwards.
- On March 14 a candidate for California State Senate and four others visited the Venerable Master at CTTB and exchanged views on education and government.
- On April 4 the Jewelled Repentance of the Emperor of Liang was held to celebrate the completion of the new Buddha Hall at Long Beach Monastery in Los Angeles. Disciples also celebrated the Venerable Master's birthday.
- He lectured on the Sutra of Cause and Effect Spoken by Chan Master Zhi.
- On April 30 Hao Bocun, the former Director of the Executive Yuan (similar to Prime Minister) of the Republic of China, paid a special visit to the Venerable Master.
- On May 16 representatives from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas participated in the "Berkeley Buddha's Birthday" sponsored by the University of California in Berkeley.
- On June 9 "Bud" Harrison, the Mayor of Burlingame, visited the Venerable Master and exchanged views on education and government.
- From November 6 to 16, the Venerable Master led a delegation to the U.S. East Coast and delivered Dharma talks in Rochester, upstate New York, and other places.
- On November 30 Mayor Harrison of Burlingame and his wife paid a second visit to the Venerable Master, who explained to them that the eight virtues of filiality, fraternal respect, loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety, righteousness, incorruptibility, and a sense of shame are the wonder-drugs for saving the world.
- On November 17 the young world-class pianist Edith Chen visited the Venerable Master.
- The City of the Dharma Realm was founded in Sacramento.
- Yuantong Hermitage in Dongshi, Taiwan was offered to the Venerable Master.
- On January 26 the Venerable Master invited Chen Lifu, the Advisor to the President of the Republic of China, to give a lecture at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
- In January the various monasteries of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association held the Second Annual Celebration for Respecting Elders. The Venerable Master fixed the first Sunday in November as the date for future celebrations of Respecting Elders Day.
- In February, students of Developing Virtue Secondary School won the Competition on the U.S. Constitution in California's District No. 1.
- On February 27 the Venerable Master hosted the opening ceremony for the Bodhi Way Association in San Jose.
- On March 5 the Venerable Master gave a talk to students of the Chinese Buddhist Society of the University of California at Berkeley when they visited the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
- On March 27 the Mayor of Burlingame and the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Mendocino County attended the Guanyin Anniversary at CTTB. The Venerable Master lectured on "Helping the World to Become a Brighter Place."
- On April 9 the Venerable Master accepted the invitation of the Buddhist societies of the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at Irvine, and the California Polytechnic Institute to speak on "Buddhism and Psychology."
- On April 20 he was invited to attend a reception for the Dalai Lama at the University of California at Berkeley.
- From April 17–23 the City of the Dharma Realm held the Jewelled Repentance of the Emperor of Liang and on the 24th disciples celebrated the Venerable Master's birthday.
- On May 28 the Administrative Headquarters of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and the International Translation Institute held their opening ceremonies.
- On May 29 the City of the Dharma Realm held its opening ceremony.
- In May and June the branch monasteries of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association held individual celebrations of Cherishing Youth Day. The Venerable Master fixed the last Sunday in May as the date for future celebrations of Cherishing Youth Day.
- From June 12–18 Gold Buddha Monastery held a Jewelled Repentance of the Emperor of Liang to commemorate its tenth anniversay.
- On October 23, a 1989-year-old camphor tree at Puji Monastery on Potola Mountain in Zhejiang Province, China, took refuge with the Venerable Master.
- The Institute of World Religions was founded in Berkeley, California.
- Blessings, Wealth, and Longevity Monastery was founded in Long Beach, California.
- Gold Summit Monastery in Seattle moved to a new location.
- On January 10 Dharma Master Heng Sure, representing the Venerable Master, accepted an invitation to attend the inaugural ceremonies of California Governor Pete Wilson. It was the first time in American history that a Buddhist monk had been asked to speak in the inaugural ceremonies for a state governor.
- Gold Sage Monastery was founded in San Jose.
- On June 7 the Venerable Master completed the stillness in Los Angeles, USA, and a bright light in the world was thus extinguished. The four assemblies of disciples of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, honoring the Master's instructions, held a forty-nine day session for reciting the
Great Means Expansive Buddha Flower Adornment Sutra and the name of the Buddha at all affiliated monasteries. The ceremony for placement into the casket was held at Long Beach Monastery on June 12. The casket was transported to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas on June 16. From July 26 to 28 a great memorial assembly and the cremation were held at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.