Wang Jinping, the Secretary of the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China, came with his wife to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to participate in the Dharma Assembly celebrating the Earth Store Bodhisattva's birthday.
Accompanying him were Zeng Qingyuan, Director of the San Francisco-based Taipei Office of Economy and Culture, and his wife. Overseas Legislative Representative HongDu, and others.
Secretary Wang is a Buddhist. During his address to the more than 700 Buddhists at the Earth Store Bodhisattva birthday celebration and luncheon, he pointed out that every year he recites the Earth Store Sutra starting in the fifth lunar month and concludes at the end of the seventh lunar month. He would recite the Sutra a number of times depending on his time, but always in multiples of seven. Secretary Wang said that he has received quite a few responses and boundless, though invisible, benefits, from reciting the Earth Store Sutra.
During that vegetarian luncheon, Dharma Master Heng Sure, Professor Ronald Epstein, Tcrri Nicholson, and others accompanied these guests. Among them, Dharma Master Heng Sure was the Precept Master who presided over the transmission of the Complete Precepts during the Threefold Ordination at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas He became the first American Dharma Master to transmit the Complete Precepts in the United States. Secretary Wang Jinping believes that this symbolizes the strengthening of Buddhism's roots in America. Dharma Master Heng Sure also explained Buddhadharma and answered questions related to Buddhist cultivation for Secretary Wang and others.
Secretary Wang Jinping and company not only toured the sights at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, but also paid respects to the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua's sharira [relics]. He had come to the San Francisco Bay area to join the 23rd annual conference of the Overseas Taiwanese Association. Before returning to Taiwan, he specifically took time out for a "spiritual journey" to the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.