Heng Zhuang Shi is from Taiwan.
She is sensitive to people's wishes, and comes from a wealthy family.
When her grandfather smoked opium, she would attend upon him. He'd
often say, “You will have a hard life. In the end you'll leave the home
life.” She smiled without really understanding.
At age 7, she came home from
school and showed her grandpa the word “person” she'd written. He said,
“So you know how to write ‘person'! Do you realize that human life is a
sea of suffering?” How could she grasp the deep meaning of his words?
After getting married, she opened
a beauty parlor in her home. The Taiwan economy was thriving, and the
money rolled in. The large turnover of employees made her feel that
life was full of partings and nothing was permanent. She wondered what
meaning there was in her life.
One day she read Great Master
Hongyi's biography and discovered the Buddhadharma. She visited temples
and attended Sutra lectures with an employee. When he left the home
life two months later, her alarmed family forbid her to attend
lectures. She then fell ill, and the illness lasted ten years.
When the Master went to Taiwan in
1981, she took refuge. After she got sick, she went to Dharma Realm
Buddhist Books Distribution Association in Taipei and vowed not to see
a doctor, but to donate the money to the Triple Jewel and leave home
with the Master once she recovered. She had constant diarrhea and could
only eat rice with soy sauce. For ten years she bowed the Great
Compassion Repentance and made 1000 bows daily. Even when she couldn't
speak, she'd still recite the Great Compassion Mantra for two to three
hours. Before her parents died, she vowed to recite that Mantra 108
times a day for three years.
She left the home life in early
1989 and received full precepts that summer at the City of Ten Thousand
Buddhas. Before coming to the U.S., she used the money her family had
given her to liberate creatures, dedicating the merit to them. She now
recites the Great Compassion Mantra 108 times and the Universal Door
Chapter twice a day.
Constantly a Shramana in the
In a single thought she adorns the Dharma Realm.
Upholding the Great Compassion Dharani,
She vows to save living beings and repay the Buddha's kindness.