Venerable Master Hua took the two words Bing and Cheng (meaning "inheritance") to give her the Dharma name Gwo Bing, title Heng Cheng. Dharma Master Heng Cheng's layname was Bing-mei Gu.
Influenced by her example, her two daughters Mei-jing and Mei-hwei had no wish to marry; they just wanted to cultivate and repay the kindness and virtue of their mother. In Mei Nung, if you asked directions to Blessings and Wisdom Sagely Monastery, probably few people could answer. However, if you asked where to find "the trio of a mother and two daughters," you would easily get to Blessings and Wisdom Sagely Monastery, because these three people were well-known for their observance of chastity.
The filial daughters often read Buddhist books to their mother, one of which was
Instructional Talks by Ven. Master Hsuan Hua. Upon hearing the Ven. Master's instructional talk, Bing-mei was moved by his lofty conduct and noble virtue. She decided to offer her temple to this venerable, virtuous monk who truly practices the six great principles of "not fighting, not being greedy, not seeking, not being selfish, not seeking personal profit, and not lying."
On March 1, 1992, Blessings and Wisdom Temple was offered up in a solemn ceremony, and renamed Blessings and Wisdom Sagely Monastery.
On August 16th, Dharma Master Heng Cheng and her two daughters, who wished to follow their mother in leaving home and cultivating under the Ven. Master, came from Taiwan to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) in California, just in time for the rarely seen Water-Land-Air Ceremony.
Dharma Master Heng Cheng came especially to be ordained in the three platforms of precepts. Not sparing her 82-year old body, she sat for over ten hours in the plane. During the trip, her excitement in seeking the Dharma and the precepts made it impossible to sleep. After getting off the plane, she was picked up by a car sent from CTTB and taken to the International Translation Institute for lunch, along with about twenty other Dharma Masters and laypeople from Taiwan. After a brief visit, they were driven to CTTB.
The Venerable Master, who has made a life-long practice of filial respect to elders and virtuous ones, early on instructed all his lefthome and lay disciples to line up at the mountain gate entrance to welcome them. In the Buddha-hall, the great bell and drum were struck, and as the assembly chanted the holy name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, the mother and two daughters were led before the shining golden image of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, with a thousand hands and eyes.
At the assembly's request, Dharma Master Heng Cheng modestly spoke in the Hakka dialect, "I am from the mountains; I have no wisdom, and I don't speak Mandarin Chinese. I hope everyone will cultivate well, and learn the Bodhisattva conduct. Everyone should walk on the Buddha's path with bright clarity." These brief but sincere remarks were orally translated to Mandarin Chinese by her daughter Mei-hwei, and then to English by a CTTB Dharma Master. All those listening were deeply touched by the sincere and honest cultivation of the mother and two daughters.
Wishing to let Dharma Master Heng Cheng rest early after her arduous journey, the assembly joined their palms in respect, and she was led to special quarters for the elderly.
She is several years the senior of the Ven. Master, who expressed his respect for her by saying, "I look upon all elderly people as if they were my own mother." The Ven. Master also told the daughters Mei-jing and Mei-hwei, "Be filial to your mother, and learn from her." Actually, these words were meant for everyone. On September 6th, the two daughters shaved their heads and became left-home disciples of the Venerable Master.
On September 12th, Dharma Master Heng Cheng and the others completed the ordination in the three platforms of precepts, and are now Bhikshunis in the Sangha order: After the ordination, the first one to burn incense on her head was Dharma Master Heng Cheng. As the many younger nuns were excitedly preparing to make incense burns, Dharma Master Heng Cheng approached unnoticed, and sat quietly to one side. She had also brought forth the mind to make incense burns. Out of respect for an elder, the other nuns let her make burns first. Everyone feared that she would not be able to endure it, on account of her advanced age, but to their surprise, she made three burns as if it were nothing at all. Her kind and innocent face broke into a smile, for she was full of the joy of the Dharma.
As the Venerable Master has said, Dharma Master Heng Cheng's blessings have come in old age. After weathering so many ordeals, her faith and reverence for the Buddhadharma has in her old age given her the blessing of being shined on by the Buddha's universal light.