Under the warm spring breeze (his teaching), peach and plum trees (his students) blossom everywhere. Heng Hui Shi was an indefatigable junior high school teacher. His love of goodness and missionary zeal for teaching led him to live a well-disciplined life.
After he retired in 1992, he and his family came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB). At the time he was slightly ill and had a little trouble getting around. He cultivated vigorously to cast out his karmic hindrances. His health began improving day by day. Because he started cultivating late in life, his faith was especially firm. He urged his two sons, who were studying music in France, to put down everything and come to CTTB. Currently his eldest son is a volunteer teacher at the Boys School, and his second son works as a driver. His whole family has come to cultivate under Venerable Master Hua’s guidance.
In 1993 he and his wife, realizing that their days were numbered and that sickness, old age, and death were approaching, both gained the Venerable Master’s kind permission to leave the home life. The Master constantly inquired about their well-being and encouraged them to cultivate vigorously in order to end birth and death. Under the Master’s exhortations, the City’s wholesome traditions, and the care of their fellow cultivators, the two of them were fully ordained in 1995. In order to reduce greed, Heng Hui Shi holds the precept of not handling money.
Heng Hui Shi’s daily practice consists of reciting the Buddha’s name, and he does so vigorously at all times of the day and night. He says, “If one’s faith and vows are sincere, and every recitation of the Buddha’s name is clear in the mind and clearly heard in the ears, then the mind unites with the Buddha and one enters the sea of Amitabha’s vows, and success is certain.” This is Heng Hui Shi’s insight from ten years of recitation, and it is also the reason for his physical and psychological well-being.
Heng Hui Shi hopes that all beings can profoundly understand that life is but a dream, that all things arise from conditions and that at death the body decays and there is no self. Then they will wish to end the cycle of birth and death. He firmly believes that he will be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss at the end of this life. In order to repay the Venerable Master’s kindness, he vows to return to the Saha world to save beings. A verse says:
Constantly mindful that the four elements are false and empty,
He’s awakened from illusory dreams by a gentle breeze.
The Master’s kindness is hard to requite;
he vows to see the Buddhas
And return to the Saha to save the multitudes of beings.