“Don't wait until you are old to
study the Way. The lonely graves are mostly those of young people.”
After studying Buddhism, Guo Yi Shi's life goal was to leave the home
life and cultivate. In April 1997, in weak physical condition, he said
self-deprecatingly in the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, “I'm so
young—only 47. I guess it's my retribution to be short-lived.”
A native of Taiwan, Guo Yi Shi
earned a Master's degree in electronic engineering in the United States
in 1980. He had a successful career and a happy family, and was
well-liked by his colleagues. He guided his family and friends to study
Buddhism and practiced charity.
After taking refuge with the
Master in 1987, he devoted himself to the Master and supported
the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. In 1996 he was diagnosed with liver
cancer, yet he worked as hard as ever repairing the temple roof.
Guo Yi Shi was a very
straightforward person. He once asked the Master, “Master, I think I am
too blunt. Should I soften the edges a little?” The Master said, “The
straight mind is the Way-place. Those who are truly straight can serve
the Buddha.” In his time off, he often accompanied the Master to
propagate the Dharma or look for new Way-places and received many
teachings from the Master.
The Master encouraged him early on
to leave home, but his ties with the mundane world were not over yet.
He had planned to retire early and leave home to cultivate.
However, as fate would have it, his illness allowed him to fulfill his
wish sooner. In 1996, the day before he left home, he told his wife,
“In the future we shall each cultivate and not be held back by each
Knowing his days were not long, he
recited the Buddha's name all day long without pause. He had deep faith
that the Venerable Master and Guanyin Bodhisattva would guide him to
the Pure Land. In May 1997, he died smiling as the assembly recited the
“Don't think that it is easy to
leave the home life. It can only happen after one has planted Bodhi
seeds for many lifetimes.” Without his sincere support of the
Buddhadharma, how could things have worked out so well for him? As it
When the fruit is full and merit
perfect, Buddhahood is realized.
With principles understood, wisdom comes forth.
Passed from Master to Master, there is no other Dharma.
Vow after vow is made for rebirth in Amitabha's Pure Land.