Jin Rui Shi is a Chinese from Vietnam. She was born in Saigon, near My Tho, and she grew up in Long Khanh. Her personality is soft-spoken and friendly, humble and polite. All the traditional virtues of Oriental women come alive in Jin Rui Shi. When she was young, she longed for a perfect life, and she believed that raising a family was the proper path. After getting married, she worked at a job during the day and then returned home to take care of her six children. The burden of the family was heavy, so she began pondering the true meaning of life and realized her own naiveté. The "perfect life" she sought was merely an illusion. Life is devoid of absolute meaning.
In 1974 she took refuge in the Triple Jewel. She found happiness in sewing clothing for the Sangha, and the alternative lifestyle of monastic cultivation seemed very meaningful to her; her causes for leaving the home life were thus planted. In 1983 she immigrated to Germany, leaving her homeland forever. In 1993 she left the home life in Marseille, France, receiving the Dharma name of Hui Yu. In 1994 she met a half-blind Vietnamese Bhikshuni who had lived in the Sagely City and spoke of it as a great place for cultivating, so she immediately applied for a trial stay. After the trial stay, she knew that Bhikshuni's eyes were blind but her heart was not, and so she applied to stay on permanently.
When she first arrived in the Sagely City, she had no robe. Since her head was bald and she wore a long overcoat, the Bhikshunis who greeted her could not tell whether she was a Sangha member or a layperson. After she settled down, she learned the rules for being a disciple under the Venerable Master, and since then she has always worn the robe. As a guest Sangha member at the Sagely City, she was not required to take only one meal per day. After joining the Sangha order of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA) and changing her name to Chin-Jr, she has abided by all the rules except in times of illness.
In her seven years of living at DRBA temples, she was fortunate enough to receive three years of training as a Shramanerika at the Sagely City of the Dharma Realm. She also practiced temple administration at Gold Summit Monastery and became familiar with the Venerable Master's teachings and the regulations of DRBA. Last September she was fully ordained. She plans to stay at the Venerable Master's Way-place and peacefully practice the Way. When asked why she does not live in a Vietnamese temple, Jin Rui Shi smiles and does not reply.