Qin Rong Shr is from Malaysia.
She is mild-tempered and
peace-loving. Her family owned a rubber plantation. At school she led a
simple lifestyle and never participated in extracurricular activities,
thus earning the nickname "bookworm." Upon graduating, she worked as an
elementary school teacher. Since she was always ready to say "OK," she
was nicknamed "The OK Teacher."
She encountered Buddhism in high
school and participated in Buddhist
events. In 1994, she lived at Purple Cloud Monastery for three weeks,
after which she decided to stay on permanently. However, because she
could not relinquish her work and her parents, she often asked herself,
"If I don't save myself in this life, when will I do it?" Every day she
recited the Heart Sutra, the Great Compassion Mantra, and the Heart
Mantra 108 times. One day a thought flashed through her mind: "What is
there worth pursuing in the world? The only way I can help my parents
is to first liberate myself." Thereupon she moved into Purple Cloud
Monastery and learned to play the Dharma instruments, eat one meal a
day, sleep sitting up, and recite Sutras daily.
One time she was reading the
Venerable Master's biography, and she read
the Master's words, "If I have even a hairsbreadth of greed, I vow to
fall into the hells." She was so moved that she vowed to always follow
In 1995 she was able to come to
the United States as she wished. Her
work was to type the Master's Dharma talks into the computer in
Chinese. Bathed in the Master's great sea of Dharma jewels, she
cleansed her mind and spirit of defilement.
In 1998, the Sangha of the
Dharma Realm Buddhist Association accepted
the first group of novice monks and nuns in the "Qin" generation. Her
request to enter the monastic life was accepted, and her head was
shaved. That was her third request, so it was not easy. Qin
Rong Shr is now receiving training at City of the Dharma Realm . She is
diligently studying the monastic precepts and deportment and monastery
management in order to be a worthy disciple of the Venerable Master.
She hopes her Dharma brothers and sisters will study and learn from one
another as we take the Buddha's mission upon our shoulders.