Upasika Yu-man Chen is from Taiwan, where she taught kindergarten for many years. Her father led the family to recite the "Universal Door Chapter" and bow repentance ceremonies at every New Year's. He was also knowledgeable in medicine. Once there was a patient that Menruo Hospital in Hualian was ready to send to the morgue. With the consent of the family and hospital, her father administered some treatment and brought the patient back to life. When Upasika Yu-man Chen grew older and participated in the Great Compassion Repentance, she realized that it was the same repentance she had bowed as a child. In 1980 she became a vegetarian and often went to a nearby temple to attend ceremonies.
When the Venerable Master went to Taiwan to propagate Dharma in 1989, she took refuge with him and received the Five Precepts. In 1990 while vacationing in the United States, she decided to visit the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Just as she was lost in the San Francisco Airport, someone told her how to take a bus to the door of Gold Mountain Monastery. As soon as she walked in the door and saw the Venerable Master, tears started pouring down her face. The Master kindly asked her to stay for lunch and arranged for her to be driven to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas where she stayed one night and left.
During the Chinese New Year of 1995, she went to Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Society in Taipei to bow the Repentance of the Emperor of Liang. A layperson who had just returned from the United States reported that the Dharma Masters at Gold Mountain Monastery were asking, "Where's that person who only stayed one night?" "That day the Master was waiting especially for you at Gold Mountain Monastery," the person added. Upasika Chen was deeply moved to hear that.
She came to the City to attend the Venerable Master's Cremation Ceremony in 1995. After the ceremony, she was asked to teach in Instilling Goodness Elementary School. She feels that despite the difference of language, Eastern and Western children are essentially the same and should be taught the virtues of filial respect, brotherhood, service, and honesty, and should be given caring attention and encouragement.
For the past three years at the City her attendance at the daily ceremonies has been excellent. She also volunteers at the Buddha Hall and introduces visitors at the City to the ceremonies. Although she is so busy, Upasika Chen is filled with joy.