Let me talk about how I met the Venerable Master. The circumstances were when I went to admire Elder Monk Hsu Yun's sharira in Hong Kong. Elder Master Hsu Yun had entered the stillness in 1959. Newspapers had announced that his sharira were available for people to see at the Venerable Master's Buddhist Lecture Hall. Curious, I went to see what was going on. I looked and looked and didn't see a thing. I told the Venerable Master's lay disciples, "Forget it, I'm going home." They told me to go and bow to the Buddhas when I had time, and that my prayers would be answered. I placated them by saying, "Sure, I'll come when I have time." Soon, I had a dream in which the Venerable Master asked me, "You prom- ised to come bow to the Buddhas. Why haven't you shown up yet?" I won- dered why this monk would want me to go and bow to the Buddhas. Hence, I went to the Buddhist Lecture Hall to see what was going on again.
When I rang the doorbell, the person who answered the door told me that the Venerable Master was looking for me and had asked, "Where does that girl live?" No one knew. Since I had shown up, Wen Guo Mi's older sister, Wen Guo Shu, told me to take refuge with the Venerable Master. I was only twenty-four, and I thought taking refuge meant becoming a nun! So I said, "I'm still young; I'm not going to become a nun." Guo Shu later explained, "Taking refuge doesn't mean joining the monastic life. It means to become the Buddha's disciple." I said, "It's okay to become the Buddha's disciple, but it's not okay to leave home. It doesn't look good to be bald." There were some Dharma Masters reciting the Mahaprajna Sutra and dedicating the merit to Elder Master Hsu Yun in a Dharma session lasting over 100 days.
Consequently, I took refuge with the Venerable Master in 1960. His name was Dharma Master Du Lun at the time. His disciples taught me to offer money in a red envelope as donation and bow to the Venerable Master nine times. I asked them, "Why should we bow to this monk?" They told me that the Venerable Master is a Buddha. He's actually several thousand years old, but was manifesting as a middle-aged man to save all beings. They told me that they recited the Great Compassion Mantra every Sunday and bowed the Medicine Master Repentance on the first and fifteenth of the lunar month. Even since then, my affinities with the Venerable Master became binding. Indeed, I joined the monastic life under him and came to the United States.