Upasika Wiharpon (Guo Bao Huang) is an Indonesian of Chinese descent who is gentle and diligent. Her family worships Taoist deities and Guanshiyin Bodhisattva, but offers meat to the Buddhas. She saw Buddhist monks living in private dwellings, driving their own cars, and enjoying more luxury than most laypeople, so she did not know what genuine Buddhism was.
After her elder sister got married and moved to
Malaysia, she came in contact with Buddhism and told her family about the Venerable Master, who had opened temples and was propagating Dharma in the U.S. In 1991 her sister came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) and was filled with the joy of Dharma. This inspired Wiharpon to believe in Buddhism, and when a delegation from CTTB visited Malaysia in 1992, she took refuge with the Master and received the five precepts.
Upasika Huang came to CTTB in August 1992 to join the Water-Land-Air Dharma Assembly and stayed on. Soon she was assigned to be the Venerable Master's attendant in Long Beach. She witnessed the Master's frugal and hectic lifestyle. Even when eating, he often took phone calls, managed temple business, and answered people's questions.
The Master unselfishly gave of himself, saying, "As long as I have a breath left, I will speak Dharma." Seeing the Master helping and saving people even when he himself was ill, Wiharpon was very touched. The Master once asked her, "Do you want to leave the home life?" She said, "Yes, but my father is against it." The Master said, "Go slowly."
Later her father also took refuge with Master, and her thirteen siblings followed her lead and became Buddhists.
Before the Master passed into stillness, the Master's image in her sister's home fell over for no apparent reason. The family called to ask where the Master was, and the Master himself answered, "Throughout space and the Dharma Realm." Later, they realized that the Master had been giving them a hint!
During her years as the Master's attendant, she derived great benefit. She now lives at Gold Summit Monastery in Seattle and spends her time supporting the temple and reciting Great Compassion Mantra.