On the afternoon of April 5, teachers and students of Instilling Goodness and Developing Virtue Girls' Schools at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas participated in memorial services for the mother of Mei-pu Chang, a volunteer teacher.
The late Mrs. Chang had been a devoted Catholic who had disagreed with her daughter's conversion to Buddhism. She suffered greatly as she struggled to continue living. Her daughter Mei-pu Chang bowed sincerely before the Buddhas and requested her Teacher, the Venerable Master Hua, who passed into stillness less than a year ago, to help relieve her mother's pain. Finally, Mrs. Chang gave up the will to live and said, "Life is full of suffering." She passed away peacefully in her sleep on the evening of April 2.
Mei-pu received the news of her mother's death in the middle of the Guanyin Recitation Session at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. She and many other volunteer teachers vigorously recited the Bodhisattva's name and dedicated the merit to Mrs. Chang and also to Rainbow Shirley, a girl who had been kidnapped in Mendocino County and whose dead body was recently found.
Some of the American students were very touched by the gesture, and commented that the school was just like a big family.