Linda's paternal grandfather was a Buddhist. He became a vegetarian after Guanyin Bodhisattva saved her ailing grandmother from the brink of death. As a child, her maternal grandmother often took her to temples in Taiwan. Her family emigrated to the United States when she was ten. During college she stopped eating meat and began exploring and comparing different religions, relishing especially the studies of Eastern philosophies. She was so enthralled with reading the Tao Te Ching for the first time, she could hardly put down the book. After college she began learning about meditation and considered Ajahn Sumedho her teacher. Later when she saw him at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) and learned that he and the Venerable Master had been fellow cultivators in past lives, she was overjoyed with the connection.
She didn't meet the Venerable Master until 1993. She took refuge and the five precepts with the Venerable Master in 1994, but didn't step onto the grounds of the CTTB until 1997.
During spring of 1997 she decided to visit the CTTB. Coincidentally, she arrived at the CTTB the day before the Guan Yin session. The first night that she entered the Buddha Hall, the assembly was reciting the Heart of the Shurangama
Mantra. After the recitation, she groped in the dark to
reach her room alone. Just as she was about to rest her head
on the pillow, she saw a three-dimensional image of the
Venerable Master's statue on a lotus seat floating toward
her, followed by another lotus seat. While out strolling
around the City the next day, she heard a chorus of
beautiful chanting near the trees by the gate. She had no
choice but to delay her flight back, having experienced so
much joy from these encounters, the recitation and the Sutra
lectures. Wouldn't you know it? Her vacation was just long
enough for her to rush to the airport immediately after the
concluding transference of the Guan Yin Session.
graduated from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the
University of Washington and worked on a Presidential Task
Force before arriving here. She moved to the CTTB at the end
of 1998. Currently she works as a teacher and translator,
and helps with some administration. She leads a full life
and feels that she is learning something new every day. She
hopes to leave the home life someday, renouncing her life to
do the Buddha's work and helping to realize the Venerable