Chin Je Shi was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Florida in 1983. Majoring in information systems administration, she worked for many years as a computer supervisor. One night, she saw the jade Buddha statuette on her table emitting golden light, rendering the image of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, clothed in red and green. From that time onwards, she could not eat meat.
Her father later gave her a statuette of Avalokiteshvara identical to the one she had seen. She once read in The Source of Wisdom that reciting the Shurangama Mantra from memory maintains world peace and allows one to see the Venerable Master. After she could recite it from memory, she saw the Master in a dream and told him her wish to go to the City to listen to the Dharma. The Master pointed forward in front of him and said, "Walk this way." She walked to the end of the path and saw several buildings, which she later recognized as the Main Office, the elementary school, and the girls high school when she came to the City.
She visited the City for the first time in 1990, but did not meet the Venerable Master. When she returned to Gold Mountain Monastery, the Master called on the phone. She asked told him, "I've memorized the Shurangama Mantra, why but don't I get to see the Master?" The Master replied, "I will send someone over to pick you up now." Subsequently, she met the Master at the Monastery and told him that she had seen the City, just as it had appeared in her dream. The Master listened quietly with a smile.
The following year, she attended the Water, Land, and Air Ceremony and stayed at the City for eight months. After going home, she suffered a car accident, a lawsuit, a surgery, and then insomnia. It was six years before she returned to the City. The insomnia was especially bad after the operation, and she was in agony after seven weeks of not sleeping. She needed herbal medicine to fall asleep.
She lived that way for over half a year and then participated in Dharma Assemblies of the Great Compassion Mantra and the Six-Syllable Great Bright Mantra at the Avatamsaka Hermitage. On the flight home, she fell asleep and never had to take herbs again.
Having profoundly experienced the unpredictability of life, she vowed to study the transcendental Dharma. In 1997, she moved to the City and worked in the girls school. Last year, on Amitabha Buddha's Birthday, she fulfilled her wish of leaving home to become a nun.