Upasika Sun Kuo-an was born in Shanghai on September 14, 1923. She graduated from Kuan Hua University in Shanghai in 1945. In the following year she became a citizen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and served as a specialist in the Chinese National Assembly until 1960. Then, in 1961, she became the manager of Mou Feng Cloth Company and held this position for two years.

Prior to her meeting with the Venerable Master Hua, Upasika Sun studied Buddhist texts with a teacher in Kingshan Temple, and cultivated other Dharma doors there as well.

      She is married to the Chairman of the Democratic Party of the Republic of China (whose biography appears in issue #71 of Vajra Bodhi Sea). They have four sons, four daughters, and six grandchildren. She and her husband make their home in Taipei.

      Upasika Sun is at present the Director of the Chinese Buddhist Association. Recently she organized a large-scale Dharma assembly in honor of the late Dharma Master Ch'ing Yen and arranged facilities to accommodate the thousands of people who came to pay homage to his uncorrupted flesh body.
      Upasika Sun heard the Venerable Master Hua speak in Taipei in 1974 and at that time took refuge with him. She told the fourfold assembly at Gold Mountain Monastery of the circumstances surrounding this at a luncheon held in honor of her and her husband in the following words:

      "My goal in life is to propagate the Buddhadharma, because spreading the Dharma and making people understand the principles of Buddhism is the only real way.

      When I first heard about some Americans going to Hai Hui Temple in Keelung, Taiwan, in order to receive the complete precepts it aroused my curiosity, because to think about people from the West coming all the way to Taiwan, where the culture is so completely different, to take precepts and become monks and shave their heads, was very hard for me to picture in mind and to understand. Then another time after this some more Americans went to Tz'u Shan Temple and did the same thing, and this piqued my curiosity once again. So, when the Master came to Taiwan recently I was determined to become his disciple.

But, at that time the Master didn't want to accept me as a disciple. He said, 'You have a lot of teachers in Taiwan.' I said, 'I definitely want to bow to the Master.' I never dreamed that I would come here today to San Francisco to see the Master. Why do I feel this way about the Master?  Because he has converted so many people to Buddhism here in America. He has been able to cross over those of a completely different culture.

      In the future each one of us must cross over ten people, and then each of those ten can cross over ten more, and before long there will be many, many Buddhists in America.  Gradually this will come about. Therefore, today I have come here and seen how many fine disciples the Master has, and I hope that I will be able to exert myself to the utmost to help him in whatever way I can. Remember that we in Taiwan are your brothers and sisters in the Dharma."



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