is Dharma name Guo Rui (fruit of auspicion), Heng Xiang (constant harmony) very appropriately describes him. Few people are as modest, peaceful, and harmonious as he is. He is often found under a car or in various places fixing and patching things up. Whenever he is needed, he appears right away. He is always amiable. No wonder the Master gave him such a name, which fits him so well.
The story of how he came to study Buddhism is plain but real. Under his wife’s influence, he became a vegetarian at the age of forty-three. Following that, he began participating in Buddha Recitation sessions, received the precepts, and even tried monastic life for a short period of time. In 1988, when the Venerable Master went to Malaysia to propagate the Buddhadharma, he had the chance to participate in the Dharma assembly. Afterward, his wife proposed that they both leave the home-life together, and he agreed. “I had never thought of leaving the home-life,” says Bhikshu Heng Xiang. “I don't know how I did it.”
Seeking nothing, just cultivating honestly—those are his hallmarks. At home, he has one son and four daughters; the youngest is still in school studying design. When they heard that their parents were going to leave the home-life, they both approved whole-heartedly. These children have not only become vegetarians but have also become more mature and compliant after learning and being influenced by Buddhism for a period of time. Their family is truly a model Buddhist family.
“Before studying Buddhism, my life was aimless—just being busy every day without knowing what I was busy for. There was a desolate void in my heart. It was only after studying Buddhism that I found the true direction. However, I never expected that after leaving home I would be even busier than before. However, this life is a very fruitful one,” Heng Xiang said with deep feeling.
He is now sixty years old, and he does not contend, is not greedy, does not seek anything, is not selfish, and does not pursue personal advantages. He passes his days by doing his share of duty and being in accord with conditions. The days are just as busy, but his mind is totally different—it is a mind that is joyously heading for Bodhi on the great path of liberation.