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Rebirth in the Western Pure Land in this Life
In Memory of Bhikshuni Heng Shang Shr

比丘尼恆固2000年9月6日講於萬佛城大殿 A talk by Bhikshuni Henq Gu at the Buddha Hall of the City of 10,000 Buddhas, September 6, 2000
王隆琴 英譯 English translation by Linda Wang









Venerable Master, Dharma Masters, and lay people:

My name is Heng Gu, and with the blessings of my mother, the late Heng Shang Shr, I would like to report in brief her rebirth to the Land of Ulti­mate Bliss.

Heng Shang Shr was born in 1909 and turned 92 this year. She came to the Sagely City in July of 1989 to accompany her granddaughter, who was going to receive full ordination then. A month later, in August, at the age of 81, she left the home-life through the Venerable Master's compassion. After being fully ordained in 1991, she stayed at the Tower of Blessings for elderly Bhikshunis and took care of the incense and lamps in the Bud­dha Hall there.

On June 13th of this year, she returned to Taiwan for treatment and was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. At the terminal stage of this illness, she had approximately two months to live. My mother didn't feel any pain during her treatment, which puzzled the doctors. Furthermore, she was able to go up the stairs from the first to the third floors, and do her own laundry.

On September 2nd around one o'clock in the afternoon, Heng Shang Shr had a stomach ache. My elder sister sent her to stay at a hospital near her home at Fengshan, Kaohsiung. My mother was given an injection of anesthesia. The next morning at 5:30 a.m., the Sagely City's weeklong Earth Store Sutra Recitation Session concluded in the United States, and my mother also concluded her life at the same time.

My elder sister told me happily, "Mom has headed to rebirth in the Land of Ultimate Bliss." She was next to my mother reciting the name of the Buddha and sobbing when she suddenly heard Heng Shang Shr call her by her name as a layperson, "Ah Zhan, don't be sad, I'm leaving with the Three Sages of the West." When my elder sister heard my mother say this, she was relieved and felt incomparably comforted and refreshed. She looked up and before she opened her eyes, she saw each of the Three Sages of the West on top of a lotus. Behind them was our mother, Heng Shang Shr, who was also standing above a lotus that was floating away toward the horizon.

Our family then moved our mother's remains to the nearby temple and continued to recite the Buddha's name until about three o'clock in the afternoon. They then cleansed and dressed our mother. Heng Shang Shr's skin was soft all over; her limbs stretched with ease. Her grand­daughter said, "Grandma, you must recite the Buddha's name, be re­born in the Land of Ultimate Bliss, certify to Bodhi soon, and return to the Saha World to save all beings." At that point, they saw Heng Shang Shr's mouth move, as if to answer, "Yes." "Interesting!" My elder sister cracked a happy smile as she talked about this.

On behalf of my mother, Heng Gu thanks the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the Venerable Master, this excellent Way-place—the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and everyone here. May all of you realize Bodhi in this lifetime.


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