Ana Patricia, a choreographer from Argentina, first heard about the Venerable Master and the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in l988. Her kung-fu teacher advised her to go to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. She sent a fax to the City and waited for a reply. Meanwhile she continued her daily practice of listening to a tape of the Great Compassion Mantra.
One day, spontaneously, for no apparent reason, she began to cry. During her classical theater class, a classmate noticed she had been crying and asked her why. Her answer startled both of them. She said, “Because a Great Master died today.”
Eventually, she telephoned the City and was told that the Ven. Master had recently entered Nirvana. Much later, she received by mail an announcement of the Master’s passing. When she checked her journal, she discovered that the day of the Master’s passing was the very day she had cried. She became determined to go to the City.
The day she arrived at the Administration Office in the City, two nuns happened to be there, one of whom had grown up in Argentina and spoke Spanish. That first time, Ana stayed several weeks at the City. The following year she returned for a second visit and invited some nuns to Argentina to start a translation group there.
This summer several nuns traveled to Argentina, including the two nuns she had met in the office upon first arriving at the City. The original purpose of the visit was to organize Spanish translation of the Sutras, but as Ana prepared for their arrival a whole schedule of events unfolded. The nuns were invited to speak in a museum and universities and were received warmly.
During their visit to Argentina, Ana learned that the Master had resided in Argentina for several months in the l970’s and had recited the Great Compassion Mantra ceaselessly during his stay. The Master predicted that Buddhism would go to Latin America and then return to China. Ana comments, “I never got to personally meet the Master, but I sense his presence as a shining guiding light.”