The Bodhi Mirror Presents
As a restaurant manager, Kuo Yang
was involved in the karma of killing,
it, since the restaurant served meat. Then one night she had a dream about a certain person.
Later on, at the home of a friend, she met that very person who had been in her dream. They
and got to know one another. Eventually that person suggested she go to a certain temple
and make offerings to the Monk there,
which Kuo Yang did. When the layperson
said to her, "Do you want to take refuge?" she didn't
even know what that meant. After meeting the Master though,
and understanding what it means to return and rely
on the Triple
she took refuge with the Venerable
Abbot at Hsi Le
Yuan in Hong Kong.
involvement with the karma of killing immediately. But then one night she dreamed of the Abbot, who appeared in yellow robes and descended a staircase toward her. He was frowning and spoke to her sternly. "I don't want you to kill but you don't stop. Why don't you listen to me?" He paced back and forth in front of her and continued scolding her about killing. The dream was vivid and she has never forgotten it. Especially since, from that time to now, she hasn't been able to dream about the Abbot again.
Later she returned to Singapore, where she had been raised, but soon found that she needed to go back to Hong Kong. The papers for such a passage were not at all easy to obtain, but she got them with ease, much to her lawyer's surprise. Upon her return to Hong Kong, she went to the Buddhist Lecture Hall and took on the job as cook, learning how to prepare vegetarian food. For 18 years she has done this work.
After reading in the
Earth Store Sutra
about the severe retribution
karma, Kuo Yang
decided to leave
the home life, since her own life
had been tied up with creating that kind of karma. Regretting
that she had not had the merit
and virtue to leave
home when the Abbot was in Hong Kong, Kuo Yang bowed to the Buddhas
utmost sincerity very day seeking repentance.
One when she was bowing she had a vision of the Elder
Master Hsu Yun
standing before her. He instructed her to make an offering of a small
bubble light, which she did the following
day. Shortly after that the Venerable
Abbot telephoned to inform
her that he was coming
back to Hong Kong on a visit.
to say, she felt like her prayers had been answered.