General Yeh Tsui Pai, who recently same to pay his respects on the Venerable Master Hua and visit Gold Mountain and the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, opened an exhibition of his celebrated horses at San Francisco's Japanese and Cultural. Trade Center on Saturday, June S5, 1977. Shown below at the Grand Opening Ceremonies are the Venerable Master and General Yeh flanked by Professor and Dr. C.S. Liu.
FOURTH OF JULY, INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1977
In order to aid in the cause of peace, blessings, and freedom from all disasters for our country, members of the Gold Mountain assembly participated in three days of continual recitation of the "Auspicious Mantra for Eradicating Disasters," seeking the compassionate aid of Medicine Master Buddha, who Eradicates Disasters and Lengthens Life. The Venerable Master's Fourth of July message was:
Today is America's birthday. People in the world should protect and cherish their countries, their families, their bodies and their minds. If one's mind is proper, then one will be upright. If one is upright, then the family will be upright; if the families are upright, then the nations will be upright. The reason why the world has gone bad is because people's hearts have gone bad; they are not straight. If we want to change the world we must start with our own hearts by not giving rise to greed, hatred, and stupidity. Instead, be mindful of morality, samadhi, and wisdom. If we are always mindful of morality, samadhi, and wisdom, then quite naturally the country will be free of misfortune. To protect our country then, it is necessary to begin rectifying our own bodies and minds. Today, on the birthday of this country, we should take a good look at ourselves, and work very hard to improve our own bodies and minds.