Heng Ran Shi is from Taiwan. Her father-in-law had been a scholar during the Qing dynasty, yet she didn’t finish elementary school because of the Sino-Japanese War. She learned to read after becoming a nun; now she is able to read the Venerable Master’s instructional talks.
Once, before she became a nun, her father-in-law suffered from extremely painful swollen knees, on which the medicines had no effect. In the still of the night, Heng Ran Shi knelt in the courtyard and recited Guanshiyin Bodhi-sattva’s name for 40 minutes. Her father-in-law recovered without medicine three months later, and was moved to become a Buddhist and a vegetarian. When the Master went to Taiwan in 1981, her father-in-law followed Heng Ran Shi in taking refuge. After the Master left, she helped organize the Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Association in Taipei, which circulates books about the Master’s lectures and explanations of Sutras.
After taking refuge, her father-in-law concentrated on cultivating the Pure Land Dharma door. Two days before he died, he kept saying, “I’m going home! Amitabha Buddha is calling me home. Reciting the Buddha’s name is great!” When a colleague in the restaurant business visited him and slipped some money under his pillow, he started yelling, “Oh, no! It’s going to bite!” He didn’t stop yelling until Heng Ran Shi took the money away.
Heng Ran Shi arrived at the City in 1986.The Master made her the kitchen manager and taught her how to cook . When she told the Master four months later that she didn’t have enough education to leave the home-life,the Master said, “No problem; I’ll start a University of Sweeping Floors for you to attend.” Her house was haunted once. The Master said he would go take a look, and the situation returned to normal. When her young son fell from the eighth floor, he was so severely injured that no hospital would admit him. Through the Master’s blessing, he recovered completely. Heng Ran Shi is deeply indebted to the Master for his help.
The Master told her, “If you are sincere, working in the kitchen is the same as being in the Buddha Hall.” He added that the Sixth Patriarch had been illiterate and had done menial chores, and he instructed her to cultivate mindfulness of the Buddha. Heng Ran Shi silently recites the Buddha’s name, hoping that everyone will bring forth a great Bodhi resolve.
Constantly using wondrous flavors to fulfill living beings’ wishes,
With true sincerity and patience under insult, her heart is at peace.
Her daily routine of bitter toil is just the supreme Dharma.
Her teacher taught that mindfulness of the Buddha leads to the golden lotus.