Elder Dharma Master Zhiguang was born and raised in Hong Kong. His layname was Peng Xueqiu and he was an actor. Even before learning Buddhism, he preferred to act in plays which taught people to do good, and to be loyal, filial and righteous. He has tried out the roles of many different characters, trying to fathom their personalities, psychological makeups and lifestyles. It was playing the role of a Buddhist monk that made the deepest impression on him. When he put on the precept sash, he felt very adorned, and there was an indescribable joy and a sense of admiration in his heart. As a consequence of playing this role, he later began to study Buddhism and then left the home-life.
Life is like a play, and a play is also like real life. The affairs of the world are always changing, and his own family met misfortune as well. His beloved family all passed away, leaving him alone in the world. Subsequently he left the home-life at Baolian (Precious Lotus) Monastery in Hong Kong. As a shramanera (novice monk), he worked hard at farming and herding at the temple. However, he always admired the Buddhadharma as the most supreme and perfect teaching, and hoped to find a wise teacher from whom he could study in order to understand the principles.
Later the Venerable Master, then known as Dhyana Master Tolun, led many Chinese and Western disciples to Cixing Monastery in Hong Kong to give a Dharma talk. He was overjoyed by the adorned appearances and awesome deportment of the Venerable Master and his disciples. He decided to come to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to cultivate under the Master, resolving to follow the Master and cultivate blessings and wisdom.
Elder Dharma Master Zhiguang, now ninety years old, cultivates the Dharma-door of honestly reciting the Buddha's name. Finding the opportunity to cultivate while living at the City, he is so concentrated that the name of Amitabha Buddha never leaves his mind for a moment. Delighting in the diligent recitation of the Buddha's name, he hardly ever talks or looks up, and no one disturbs him either. An elderly person who cultivates this vigorously wins everyone's respect and admiration. He has faith in Amitabha Buddha: whenever he gets sick, he vigorously recites the Buddha's name and gets well! He hopes that everyone will apply himself vigorously and cultivate the mind ground. When one perfects oneself as a person, one can become a Buddha.