Undefiled pure light,
The sun of wisdom that breaks through the darkness
Is able to quell calamities of wind and fire
As it shines on all worlds.
Chapter on “The Universal Door of Guanshiyin Bodhisattva"
“The first time I heard the first of the Four
Truths: ‘This is suffering; its nature is to oppress,’ I cried. Later,
I came to understand that each person has his or her own karmic
conditions,” said Bhikshuni Heng Jung.
Bhikshuni Heng Jung was born in Malaysia. Her
mother left after a quarrel when she was only eight months old, and she
was raised by a paternal aunt. Because her grandmother and her aunt
were both devoted Buddhists who worshipped Guanyin Bodhisattva at home,
she joined a local Buddhist society at the age of fourteen. The
following year, at the encouragement of that society, she formed a
Buddhist club at her school. Under the guidance of her classmate, who
was a disciple of the Venerable Master, she gradually regained her
self-confidence. She walked out of her small world and discovered that
the Buddhadharma was a solution to all suffering. At sixteen, she
became a vegetarian.
She left school at seventeen and began working in
the restaurant business. Despite her incomplete education, she
diligently studied conversational English and various vocational skills
so that she could find jobs to support herself. At eighteen, she made a
vow to leave the home-life and cultivate. When she turned nineteen, she
went to work in Singapore. Despite her youth, she was promoted to the
manager’s position. She continued to work hard without slacking off,
hoping to earn a little more money to support her family.
The year 1989 marked the beginning of a new phase
of life for her. In September of that year, she transferred to Taiwan
to work, and later she decided to remain in Taiwan and study at the
Proper Dharma Buddhist Academy. She came to the Sagely City of Ten
Thousand Buddhas in September 1990 and formally left the home-life on
January 1, 1991. In September 1992, she was ordained in the Threefold
Bhikshuni Heng Jung generally cultivates together
with the assembly and goes along with conditions. She has worked in the
Audio Department for several years. Her wish is allow beings throughout
the world to hear the Venerable Master’s Dharma. She donates blood on a
regular basis. Whenever she returns to the Sagely City, she visits the
elderly folks in the Tower of Blessings in order to see how they are
and listen to their words. “Cultivation is a cheerful affair,” she