THE BODHI STAND
INTRODUCING DHARMA PROTECTOR
Upasika Kuo Huan Leong
By Bhiksuni Heng Yin
Mrs. Fanny F. Leong is today a happy, healthy woman. To
look at her, one would never imagine that, a decade ago, she nearly lost a bout
with death, with the scourge of cancer, in fact.
Kuo Huan relates, "When I saw the Master, a feeling of intense relief and happiness flooded me. It was very late at night and when he entered the room, I knelt and told him, "Now I can die in peace. If you will let me take refuge, I can give my life to the Buddha. I do not have much time left; I am so relieved that you have come."
"I did not beg for life," she relates. "I did not ask him to save my life. My only wish was to become a Buddhist disciple." The Master agreed to accept her as a disciple. He recited mantras and performed mudras to help her. He instructed her to recite the Great Compassion Mantra one hundred and eight times a day and to recite the name of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva, which she did.
The following morning, after the operation, the doctor told her that the tumor had been removed, and there was a 98% chance of recovery. Everyone was surprised--everyone but Kuo Huan, who knows the power the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and Sages have to help living beings who are suffering. "Without the Master's help," she says, "I could never have been that brave."
The Master visited her in the hospital every day during her month-long stay. And each time he came he recited mantras for her and encouraged her to be sincere in her recitation and cultivation. She was given a clean bill of health.
Her faith in the Master and the Triple Jewel and her miraculous recovery influenced her husband and her sister and her sister's son, as well as her own son and daughter, to also seek refuge in the Master. The Master picked a day, and administered the refuges to them all. Later on, her mother-in-law took refuge. Soon her young grandson, Andrew, will become a disciple as well.
She continues to recite the Great Compassion Mantra and the name of the Greatly Compassionate Kuan Yin daily She also recites The Lotus Sutra, The Amitabha Sutra, and worships the Buddha at her household shrine. Although prior to her illness, she had studied the teachings of Taoism, the Master explained to her that Buddhism's scope encompassed that of Taoism, and went far beyond. Where Taoists may preserve the body and gain long life, Buddhists can transcend the Wheel of Birth and Death forever! Understanding this, she studies Buddhism diligently.
In addition to being an efficient homemaker, she is a dedicated Dharma protector, and never fails to bow to the Buddhas each morning when she rises.Perhaps it was her extreme sincerity and devotion to the Buddhas, the fact that she cared more about "belonging to the Buddha" than she did about her own life, that evoked the miraculous cure. The Master doesn't ordinarily concern himself in other people's business, but sometimes...let us say the power of the Way on the part of a sage and the power of faith on the part of the disciple can work miracles. From the above, it's plain that such "miracles" are not simply relegated to obscure stories out of the distant past--things that happened long ago to people we never knew in a far away land we have never seen—but they can happen here, today, in San Francisco, in San Jose, anywhere the affinities coalesce to create them. In that sense, they are not in the least "miraculous"—they are very ordinary. Kuo Huan is only one of thousands of good people in Manchuria, in Hong Kong, and in the United States whom the Master has helped. Her story is only one among many. But she has chosen to share it with us to help us "open our eyes" to the wonder of the Buddhadharma, and gain a deeper recognition of the Master's compassion.
Sino-American Buddhist Association
San Francisco, California
First of all, I express my heartfelt respect for a sincere appreciation of the wonderful work the Sangha and laymen of Gold mountain Monastery continually do for the benefit of all beings. The transmission of the precepts, for example, is an event filling me with joy and adding to my conviction that the Buddhadharma eventually will take firm roots in the West. In order to get there however, common efforts are necessary, and I regard "Vajra Bodhi Sea" as an important link in this respect. This magazine proved to be abundant in inspiring food for thought for me from the very day I first received it. I also thank you for the other publications which are executed in a meticulous and delightful manner...
Sincerely yours in the Dharma,