At 84, Guo Hu is the eldest of Gold Summit Monastery's laity. Since young, she liked to bow to the Buddhas. But 20-some years ago when she first came to Seattle she couldn't find a good Way-place until Gold Summit Monastery was established. From then on, every weekend she would always come to the Monastery to join the ceremonies and listen to the Dharma and the Sutras. She also began to do her own morning recitation, recitation of Sutras, and 108 recitations of the Great Compassion Mantra daily.
One morning while she was reciting a Sutra, she saw the Venerable Master, who said to her, "Recite the Sutras well. Recite the “Chapter of Universal Worthy's Conduct and Vows.” After saying that, the Master left. At that time, the “Chapter of Universal Worthy's Conduct and Vows” was recited every weekend at Gold Summit. After that, Guo Hu made a point of reciting the “Chapter of Universal Worthy’s Conduct and Vows” every morning following her morning recitation, which she still does to this day. Although she has some difficulties getting around (because of an operation during which steel pins were placed in her knees, which prevents her from being able to bend them), still, every year, when she knew someone was going to the Sagely City, she would always go to pay her respects to the Venerable Master and attend the Dharma Assemblies. She remembers one year when the bus left Seattle at 6 am and didn‘t arrive at the City until after 10 pm, but still the Venerable Master was there waiting for them in the Administration Building .
Guo Hu went from China to Hong Kong and then came by herself to the United States. She has a healthy, broadminded attitude and is easy to get along with. She lives with a young Protestant couple and although their beliefs are different, her wish to study Buddhism is strong. Further, she often urges them to eat vegetarian food and transfers the merit of her Sutra recitations to them--especially to their son who doesn’t listen to his parents and causes his elders great concern. Elder Guo Hu silently transfers the merit of her Sutras recitation to him and in fact he has changed significantly.
She sees people in this world as really suffering and because of that vows ”In the future when I become a Buddha, I will be a great doctor who can cure beings of their pain and suffering. I vow that they will be able to leave suffering and attain bliss! She always encourages people saying that by reciting the Buddha's name and Sutras, any difficulty can be gotten through.
She gives people a sense of faith and trust. Being with her makes you feel happy. Finally, we all wish her good health and that everything will go well for her.