Before she officially took refuge, Upasika Lin Guozu, who had drawn near Buddhism for many years, used to be a part-time vegetarian. Mostly she ate meat. One day she went to Taipei to Dharma Realm Buddhist Sutra Publishing Association to bow the Great Compassion Repentance. Although she went, since she didn't really understand what bowing was for, she thought, “I'm not coming back anymore. What's the point of bowing? Besides, I can't recite this so-called Great Compassion Mantra.”
That evening the Dharma Masters who had led the repentance appeared in a dream and spoke the phrase “Amitabha Buddha”to her three times. After that, Guoau kept going to “Dharma Realm ” to bow and help out as a volunteer.
Before she began bowing the repentance, she used to have to go get her varicose veins stripped by a doctor in order to let blood and relieve the pain. But after she began sincerely bowing the Great Compassion Repentance, the leg pain subsided and she no longer needed to get the veins stripped.
She heard that anyone who wanted to take refuge with the Venerable Master of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in the United States had to complete ten thousand bows and so she began making the bows. The first day, after making fifty bows, her entire body ached so that she could hardly move. After that she bowed from one hundred to three hundred times a day without any side effects. Every day she rose at three a.m. and bowed before dawn. Before the Venerable Master came to Taiwan, she had finished ten thousand bows and her back pain went away as well.
When the Master arrived in Taiwan she quickly went to take refuge and receive Five Precepts. At that time her husband had diabetes. One of his little toes had already turned black. The doctors ordered amputation of his leg at the calf. Guozu silently prayed to the Master: If my husband can get better, then let him get well; if he can't get better, then let him go. But please don't make him have to get an amputation!” After she prayed, she burned some incense burns. At the next exam, he doctor said an amputation was not needed; only the little toe that had already turned black had to be removed. The doctor himself was extremely puzzled. That night in a dream she saw a shapeless black entity that grabbed her neck and said to her, “He was supposed to undergo that retribution; why did you go to get help?”
Upasika Lin currently volunteers her services at Chunkang Vegetarian Restaurant, and also follows Chunkang's cultivation schedule which includes the daily morning and evening recitation and also reciting the Great Compassion Mantra 108 times. Physically she is free of illness, her mind is peaceful and happy, and the days pass pleasantly.