A. Filial Path and Buddha Path
Filiality is the starting point of all good deeds. Living beings are revolving in the six paths and have been parents, brothers and sisters in life after life. Therefore, the Buddha taught people to cultivate.
In ancient China, there were the twenty four paragons of filial piety. Now, Southern Taiwan has produced another model of filial piety, which is a blessing for the world.
The mother and two daughters, though virtually illiterate, with little formal education are lofty in virtue. The mother, Gu Bin-mei,(now known as Dharma Master Heng Cheng) in faithfulness to her ex-husband, and never married a second man.
The daughters, Mei-jing and Mei-hwei in filiality to their mother, have remained single throughout their lives. In today's strange and perverted world, they are as rare as the gold sand in a rock mine - just too rare.
B. Getting Married and Leaving the Home–life
The two sisters, Mei-jing and Mei-hwei, having lived in the mountains with their mother since childhood, have been defiled by few of the vulgar habits of the world. Since the construction of Blessings and Wisdom Temple, many suffering from family conflict and marital distress have gone there and in tears.
After listening to all these misfortunes, the sisters wished even less to get married. At the age of seventeen or eighteen, the elder sister, Mei-jing worked as a maid. Many people wanted to match make marriage for her. Her father also wrote letters form Japan, wanting to introduce her to a gentleman of a well-off family. However, she thought about her mother, who had been married to the richest family in Mei Nung and had to suffer her whole life for it. So what's the point of marrying a rich man? She honestly told her father how she thought about it, making him speechless.
Furthermore, Mei-jing thought, her father had left the three of them so soon, if she herself should get married, she would also leave her mother behind very soon. That was something she definitely could not bear to do. Therefore she resolved to serve and support her mother all her life.
The younger sister Mei-hwei was ten before she went to elementary school. After graduating from secondary school at 16, her father considered taking her to Japan to study. However, her mother feared that her Japanese step mother might not accept her, and that there were many schools in Taiwan where she could study. In the end, her father sent money equivalent approximately NT$30,000 for her educational expenses. With this money, Mei-hwei was able to go afar to study at Bau Jywe Buddhist Academy in Taichung.
The father had requested his brother to choose right and dignified men for the two daughters. However, Mei-jin and Mei-hwei felt that coming from a poor family, and having been humiliated frequently since youth, they were not qualified to marry into a "well-off" family. Moreover, they did not want to leave their mother all alone.
Thus two sisters have stayed with their mother up to now. Wishing to join sangha and live with left home people, Mei-jin and Mei-hwei have decided to follow their mother, Dharma Master Heng Cheng who had already shaved her head and become the lefthome disciple of the Ven. Master. Having walked the path of toil and suffering- in life, Mei-jin and Mei-hwei now make a new beginning on the path of perfect Bodhi.
Both Mei-jin and Mei-hwei fulfilled their wish and shaved their heads on September 6, 1992 at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, being named Dharma Master Heng Jang and Heng Hwei.