"Congratulations, Qin Dao!" her mother's voice came from the tape recorder. Qin Dao Shi's youngest sister, visiting her after she had entered the monastic life, brought her this tape from her mother in Taiwan. In addition to congratulating Qin Dao Shi, her mother urged her to cultivate well and uphold the precepts. Qin Dao Shi, who is from Taiwan, is the youngest of ten children. After her father passed away when she was twelve, the family was never the same again. The mysterious change in the attitudes of her relatives and friends made her realize how fickle relationships are. She was overwhelmed by a sense of impermanence and helplessness. At that time her mother frequented various temples, bringing home Buddhist books and tapes, including "Guanshiyin Bodhisattva's Universal Door Chapter." Qin Dao Shi listened to the Buddhist principles along with her mother. When her mother had difficulty understanding, Qin Dao Shi would explain the Sutras to her, revealing the essence of Dharma. In this way, the Dharma helped Qin Dao Shi resolve many of her doubts about life, and also planted the seed for her to eventually leave the home-life.
When the Venerable Master went to Taiwan in 1993, Qin Dao Shi took refuge and received the five precepts. That same year she accompanied her mother to Long Beach. Her mother urged her to stay, but she could not bear to leave her mother.
Soon after returning to Taiwan, her mother joined the Sangha. Although Qin Dao Shi in a sense "lost" her mother, she also gained the understanding that all worldly relationships come to an end. Thus, renouncing everything, she came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in 1996 to cultivate, and joined the Sangha in 1998.
A graduate of the German Department at Fu Ren University in Taiwan, after coming to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas she worked as a volunteer in Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant and as a volunteer teacher in the Girls School. At present she is in charge of the German Translation Group under the European Languages Section of the Buddhist Text Translation Society (DRBA). She plans to translate the Venerable Master's Dharma talks and Sutra lectures into German.
Since leaving home, she has been attending classes on Buddhism and moral precepts and doing monastic chores. Humble and courteous, with an enthusiastic spirit for learning, Qin Dao Shi is an exemplary Buddhist.