Upasaka Fu Ximing from Taiwan:
Let me first introduce myself. My last name is Fu. My first name is Ximing, or citizen of the West. I've already registered at the Western Pure Land more than fifty years ago, and now I plan to show up at any time. My spouse, Ching Lian Shi, has believed in the Buddha for more than 25 years. She's very sin- cere and goes to the Buddha hall to recite sutras and bow to the Buddhas every day. She left home less than a year ago. My daughter Heng Tung Shi left home as soon as she graduated from college; it's now been more than ten years. Both daughter and mother now live at the Long Beach Monastery on a permanent basis. I have two sons too. The elder one teaches art at Taipei Jinxing Junior High, the younger one is currently teaching art at the Sagely City.
Ten years ago my spouse and daughter began to guide me into Buddhism slowly, frequently handing me Buddhist books to read. I started learning Buddhadharma at that time, but officially became a vegetarian only five years ago. Prior to that, my vegetarian habits were stop and go. Five years ago I had a dream that I was strolling along in a temple when the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas told me, "You must commit to eating vegetarian on a long-term basis. You cannot eat meat anymore." I told Chin Lian Shi my dream when I woke up; she told me to stop eating meat. Thus, I became a vegetarian on a permanent basis.
I'm already 71 years old. Learning Buddhism at an old age is full of obstacles. My brain responds more slowly; my memory is gradually going. However, I ask only to sow, not to reap. From now on, I will work doubly hard and learn Buddhism with my three true minds. What are the three true minds? Faith, commitment and perseverance.
Furthermore, I want to slowly eliminate my false mind because this false mind is awful and difficult to tame. One's greed, hatred and stupidity, selfishness, self-interest and false thoughts, etc. are all created by this false mind. This is the obstacle to my learning Buddhism, so I plan to gradually remove this false mind.
As a doctor, I encounter some physically sensitive patients every year. During the treatment process, they often become pale, have difficulty breathing, suffer from seizures, faint or experience other dangerous situations. There's a Buddha hall in my clinic. In addition to medical aid, my spouse always ran to the Buddha hall to offer incense and pray to the Buddha and Bodhisattvas during emergencies.
In the end, crises turn into wellbeing; none of my patients has had any serious medical complication. Therefore, I feel quite fortunate. The merit and virtue of believing in the Buddha and bowing to the Buddha is truly inconceivable.
Since I opened up my clinic, I've always maintained kindness and compassion, attempting to be a "physician with the heart of a parent." My clinic is open for 24 hours to serve the patients in my village. I also go out to the field and serve the villagers throughout the year, rain or shine. Thus, the locals act favorably toward me. My medical knowledge isn't more superior to that of others, but patients trust me. As long as I encourage them with a few kind words, their illness is healed halfway. I believe this is all a result of the Buddhas' and Bodhisattvas' blessings and protection.
Bhikshuni Heng Yin Shi:
I want to make a brief report about what happened the day before yesterday. This relates to what the previous speaker had said: whenever you're sincere, there's a response from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
That day I received a message from the office regarding Rebecca Lee, a teacher at the girls' school. The message was that Rebecca's brother was in the hospital in critical condition, suffering from nonstop bleeding in the stomach. The caller had hoped that Rebecca would call and fly home quickly because it seemed that her brother only had a few hours left to live.
Rebecca Lee is an American. Her family doesn't believe in Buddhism. I immediately went to find a substitute for her class so she could call home. She returned to tell me that she wanted time off to go to the Buddha Hall to set up a plaque for her relative and recite the Bodhisattva's holy name with the rest of the assembly.
From nine o'clock in the rooming until late afternoon, Rebecca participated in the session at the Buddha hall, reciting the Earth Store Bodhisattva's holy name. Around five o'clock, I received a phone call saying that Rebecca's brother had stopped bleeding.
After that Rebecca called home and learned about the specifics of the situation. Her family said that her brother's blood couldn't coagulate so the doctors essentially stopped fixing a hopeless situation and simply waited for him to die. Around 9:15 in the morning though, Rebecca's brother began to come around. At the time the doctors kept saying, "Something's happening! Something's happening!" They all felt it was inconceivable. Without any further treatment, Rebecca's brother left the danger zone and returned to safety.
Rebecca said that she set up her brother's long-life plaque at 9:15 a.m. She didn't let her family members know about reciting the Earth Store Bodhisattva's name and setting up a plaque, however, because she thought they wouldn't understand. She only told one sister who had been to the Sagely City before.
I had hoped that Rebecca would be here to talk about this herself, but she went to Gold Sage Monastery last night. I thought I should share this with everyone because this is the result of everyone's sincerity in this Earth Store session and the blessings of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Editor's Note: Rebecca Lee's brother did pass away several weeks later, but she is grateful that he lived long enough for her to return home to see him, to recite the Buddha's name for him, and to set up a plaque for him.
To be continued