Upasika Fang Xiu-mei's great grandmother went to Malaysia from China and was a devout Buddhist who ate vegetarian foods and recited the
Vajra Sutra her entire life. When her great grandmother passed away at an old age, relatives, friends and neighbors all heard celestial music reverberate in the skies. Upasika Fang's mother often brought the entire family to the temple to pay respects to the Buddhas as a result. In 1988, Upasika Fang took refuge with the Venerable Master but didn't know how to apply Buddhadharma in real life yet.
Over three years ago, Dharma Realm Buddhist Association acquired the Lotus Hermitage in Malaysia. The Hermitage was only a few steps away from Upasaka Fang's home, so she began to join her mother in Dharma assemblies and work as a volunteer. At the time, Upasika Fang was deeply afflicted with love, so she asked for the Buddhas' and Bodhisattvas' blessings. After a seven-day Amitabha session, she easily forwent the relationship.
About two years ago, Upasika Fang moved into Lotus Hermitage on a permanent basis and applied for a U.S. visa at the same time. Not long after her visa application was turned down, she had to undergo surgery for a tumor in her throat. She was quiet scared since this was her first surgery. She sat on the hospital bed in full lotus posture and recited the
Earth Store Sutra until she was rolled into the surgery room for anesthesia. Despite her drowsiness, she remembered to continue to recite the
Earth Treasury Sutra. She experienced no pain when she awoke.
The surgery confirmed that she had tonsilitis, which meant she would have to undergo a second surgery. The doctors said that the risk of another surgery was even higher, so the fee would be doubled; furthermore her vocal cords might become completely hoarse. Upasika Fang simply focused on reciting the Buddha's name. After the surgery, she opened her mouth and asked, "What time is it?" and heard that her voice was the same as before. She smiled with delight. Another pleasant surprise was that with the doctor's help, her hospital expenses were reduced by half.
While Upasika Fang's mother typically complimented others for leaving home, when it came to her own daughter's request, she couldn't give up the relationship so easily. However, a few words from Upasika Fang's older brother readily absolved her mother's attachment, "Didn't you invite and guide your daughter toward her choice today?" After Upasika Fang recuperated, her visa to the U.S. was approved. She arrived at the Sagely City this April to cultivate. She's currently working as a volunteer at Jun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant.