The two Bhikshus transported seven large boxes of first aid and emergency relief, winning the welcome of doctors in disaster areas.
When news of Taiwan's major earthquake of
September 21st spread around the world, the Dharma Realm
Buddhist Association's branch monasteries in the United
States, Canada and Asia all held Dharma sessions. Not only
did these monastic communities transfer merit and virtue to
the Taiwan earthquake victims and their relatives, but also
to every sufferer of all catastrophes around the globe.
Representing the Sangha established by the Venerable Master
Hsuan Hua, the founder of the Dharma Realm Buddhist
Association, two Bhikshus arrived in Taiwan on the morning
of September 26th. Dharma Masters Heng Sure and Heng Lyu,
accompanied by two laymen flew from the U.S. to Taiwan to
host Dharma sessions to liberate the deceased and quell
disasters. This group led the assembly in requesting safety
and peace for the victims, quick recovery for the wounded,
and an end to tragedies for Taiwan.
When the two Bhikshus arrived at the disaster site of
Taipei's Dongxing Building reciting the Great Compassion
Mantra, they coincidentally ran into the mayor of Taipei, Ma
Ying-jiu. Mayor Ma greeted the two Bhikshus, thanking them
for hosting Dharma sessions to quell disasters and pray for
blessings in Taiwan. The mayor exclaimed, "The power of
Dharma is boundless." That same day, two brothers of the Sun
family were miraculously rescued from the rubbles of the
Dongxing Building after having been trapped for 130 hours.
From the outset of the disaster, the mother of the two Sun
brothers knelt and recited the name of Guanyin Bodhisattva,
seeking help until her knees bled. Heaven never ignores a
sincere plea, so the brothers were rescued.
Starting September 27, the two Bhikshus also hosted theEarth
Store Dharma Assembly at the Dharma Realm Buddhist Books
Distribution Association in Taipei. Dharma Master Heng Sure noted that the strength of
collectively reciting the Earth Store Sutra is especially
immense. Dharma Master Heng Sure and Dharma Master Heng Lyu
also represented the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association to
personally visit disaster areas. The seven boxes of first aid
and emergency medical supplies contributed by San Francisco
BayArea donors were particularly useful in the aftermath of
this historic earthquake.
The Bhikshus not only went southward to the Dharma Realm
Sagely Monastery in Kaohsiong, but also to areas of major
devastation, such as Taichung's Da-keng and Dongshi. In
addition, they conducted Dharma Assembly to Rescue the
Deceased and Wounded at Yuantong Hermitage in Dongshi, then
recited the Earth Store Sutra at the Taichung Funeral Home.
Upasaka Zheng went to Dakeng, Taichung with the two Bhikshus.
The Upasaka had said that when the earthquake struck on the
night of September 21st, he kept praying to Guanyin
Bodhisattva. As a result, he saved five people. Furthermore,
Upasaka Zheng's brother was able to climb out of piles of
bricks in utter darkness and save his father, wife and
daughter by following a green neon light. Even now, no
one knows where that guiding light came from.
The company of four including Dharma Master Heng Sure and
Dharma Master Heng Lyu returned to the U.S. on October 2nd.