Shramanerika Chin-Yu Shi, a native of Taidong, Taiwan, moved to Hualian in her childhood. With the exception of her grandmother, who believed in "yi guan dao" (a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism and Confuciusm), her family was not religious. Her grandmother often came to get Chin-Yu Shi, who lived just across the street, to study the doctrine and participate in ceremonies with her. But that religion's practice involved bowing hundreds of times, so after awhile Chin-Yu Shi refused to go and would hide whenever she saw her grandmother coming. She never learned what that religion was all about.
In 1994 a friend took her to Amitabha Sagely Monastery in Hualian for the Honoring Elders Day celebration, which she found very meaningful. After that she volunteered to work in the temple. She also met a laywoman Chang there, who introduced her to the Venerable Master's biography. Chin-Yu Shi read it and was amazed by the idea that dragons manage the rain. Chang often gave a ride to anyone who wanted to go to the monastery, no matter how far it was. Although the trip was one hour each way, the two of them often went together to attend the evening recitation, hear the Sutra lecture, recite the Mantra heart, bow to the Buddhas and learn the Great Compassion Mantra. After numerous visits, Chin-Yu Shi moved into the monastery for over a month. She contemplated the idea of a life of cultivation, but her parents disapproved.
That year she came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for the lunar New Year celebration and met the Venerable Master for the first time. She attended all the ceremonies in the Buddha Hall and worked in the kitchen. She liked the schedule and thought the City was an excellent place for cultivation. She wanted to stay but was urged to go back to finish school first. In March 1995 she took refuge when the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association Sangha sent a delegation to Taiwan to represent the Venerable Master to perform the leaving-home ceremony Upon graduating in July, she came to the City again but the Venerable Master had entered Nirvana a month earlier. Although the Master was no longer in the world, she still wanted to cultivate for the rest of her life in a monastery established by the Master. In November 1998 her wish was fulfilled and she became a Shramanerika (novice). She felt very much at ease, as if she had finally returned home. She hoped that her family would also become Buddhists, for she knew leaving home was a filial deed. She studied the novice rules of deportment and the Dharma instruments at Gold Mountain Monastery and Gold Sage Monastery, and currently assists at Gold Wheel Monastery We believe that with Chin-Yu Shi's simple and modest character, she will have the blessings to stay in the Venerable Master's Wayplace for the rest of her life.