As I told you before, I didn't have any disciples to help me repair the place at Mt. Dayu. I did the work, along with two hired hands. At approximately 5 o'clock every evening, I would haul rice, flour, and oil up the mountain. I would walk for two hours and reach the top of the mountain at 7 o'clock. I would carry 50 or 60 pounds of stuff. I carried the rice, or 50 pounds of oil, salt, and so forth up myself.
I would reach the top of the mountain at 7 p.m., then after 3 o'clock the next morning, I would again rise to go down the mountain. I had to lecture the Sutras in Hong Kong and deliver food to that monastery too. I could have hired people to make the deliveries, but that required money. Since I was going to save every cent to buy building material, I wasn't going to waste one penny. That is the reason why I was able to build three places during those two and a half years in Hong Kong. This is unlike in America, where I've accomplished so little in all these years here. It wasn't that way there.
Why did I have that kind of accomplishment in two and a half years? It is because I worked hard. I wasn't afraid of any hardship. I just went ahead and did the work myself.