Bhikshuni Heng Sheng comes from Nantou County of Taiwan. When she went on a field trip to Bishanyan (Green Mountain Cliff) Monastery as a child, she saw an image of Shakyamuni Buddha image and burst into tears of joy as if meeting a long lost kin. Following the Taiwanese custom of eating vegetarian food on the Lunar New Year, she would spend every Lunar New Year's Day alone in that temple to pay homage to the Buddha and to eat a vegetarian meal. Her family ran a rice-husking mill and always offered fresh rice to Sangha members who came to their house for alms. That practice also gave her an affinity with Buddhism.
She studied Early Childhood Education and moved into Yuantong Hermitage in Taichung to teach kindergarten. There she met the nuns Heng Chuan Shi and Heng Xing Shi. She spent the next fourteen years teaching. The family problems of her students impressed upon her the suffering of the Saha world, and she resolved to benefit living beings through education. She participated in the daily temple ceremonies, focusing on the Pure Land practice of reciting the Buddha's name. Once a week she attended lectures on the Avatamsaka Sutra given by the late Upasaka Li Bing-Nan. Her life in the nunnery was full and busy. She also met there Heng Dz Shi and Heng Gu Shi, with whom she later became Dharma sisters.
In 1988, she learned with delight about the Venerable Master from a book. When the Master led a Guanyin Dharma Assembly to Protect the Nation and Quell Disasters in Taiwan, she received the three refuges, the five precepts, and the Dharma name Guo Wen (Fruit of Hearing).
Over fifty people had taken refuge at the same time and had planned to return before dinner. However a typhoon blew in, and it was impossible to return home after the refuge ceremony. The fifty-some people would have to stay for dinner in the temple. Since there were so many of them, they went to inform the kitchen. To their surprise, the kitchen staff said that the Venerable Master had already told them earlier that day to prepare dinner for an extra fifty-some people!
Heng Sheng Shi left the home-life under the Venerable Master in 1993 and trained at Proper Dharma Buddhist Academy in Taiwan. She came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for ordination in 1995, only to see her Teacher enter the stillness. After the ordination, she worked in the Girls School. She is preparing to introduce Montessori teaching materials to the school and hopes it will aid students in their learning.