Before he came to Seattle to visit relatives in 1988, Deng-Yong Ping, who was not a resident of the state of Washington, was introduced to Gold Summit Monastery by his nephew. That set up affinities, and a year later when he moved to Seattle he began attending the Dharma Assemblies at Gold Summit Monastery every weekend.
Deng Yong Ping wanted to take refuge with the Venerable master from very early on, and he went many times to the City of 10,000 Buddhas to attend Dharma Assemblies. But because the laypeople he went with needed to rush back to Seattle, he could never wait for the refuge ceremony. It was not until 1992, when the Venerable Master went to Gold Buddha Monastery to conduct a Dharma Assembly and refuge ceremony, that he finally fulfilled his wish.
Every time the Venerable Master went to Seattle, Deng¬Yong Ping always went to listen to the Master's talks. He remembers one year when the Master was visiting a layman's home, he drove his entire family of five to pay their respects to the Master. But for some unknown reason he took a wrong turn and it took a long time to finally reach the destination. When they finally arrived, they learned it was too late-the Master had already retired. Extremely disappointed, they were preparing to leave when a monk called to them to wait, saying, "The Master wants to see you!" Deng Yong Ping was delighted and quickly led his family to bow to the Master. The Master kindly asked if they had any questions. Upasaka Deng said they didn't have any requests or questions, that just being able to bow to the Master and to listen to his instruction made the whole trip worthwhile. Obviously Upasaka Deng cherishes a profound sincerity toward the Buddhadharma.
Layman Deng cutivates the "Pure Land Dharma-door." Every morning he recites the "Universal Door Chapter" and in the evening he recites the Amitabha Sutra without fail. He says that one need only sincerely bow to the Buddhas and not do bad deeds, and it's for sure that potential calamities can turn into auspicious events. Last year in July, when Gold Summit Monastery was preparing to do seventh weeks of memorial ceremonies, Upasaka Deng was on his way to buy some altar candles when he got confused and ended up on the freeway.
There was a traffic jam and so the moving speed was only about 35 miles an hour. But suddenly the car behind him slammed into the rear of his car, bounced off, and then hit the front of his car as well, spinning the vehicle to a 90-degree angle. The car was totalled and the roadside protector railing was broken in two. But no one was the least bit hurt. Upasaka Deng reflects that if it hadn't been for the aid of the Bodhisattvas and the Master aid, he could easily have lost his life. Because of that he encourages everyone to sincerely bow to the Buddhas, be mindful of the Buddhas, offer up all kinds of good conduct, and be careful not to do any evil.