Dharma Realm Buddhist Association
commemorated the Seventh Anniversary of the Venerable
Master's Nirvana by holding a Memorial Ceremony on June 30,
2002 at Gold Sage Monastery. More than a hundred faithful
disciples came to recite sutras, participate in the Passing
of Offerings, and attend the Repentance Ceremony. Over ten
lay devotees expressed their reverence and gratitude by
sharing their thoughts of the Venerable Master, especially
his inconceivable states, deepening our faith that the
Venerable Master is still here with us.
The first speaker was Upasaka Chuang
Guo-nan, who related an incident about an old disciple in
Los Angeles. When he was cultivating by himself, a bird
would chirp continuously outside on the tree by the window.
Even when he was busy and changed his schedule to cultivate
at night, the bird still chirped very loudly, disturbing the
neighbors. His wife was very angry and did not permit him to
cultivate anymore. He did not understand the reason for such
an occurrence, and therefore he asked the Venerable Master,
who was in San Francisco at the time, for help. The
Venerable Master told him that it would not occur anymore.
Miraculously, the bird no longer chirped after that.
Following that, Upasika Chang Guo-rong
shared a story she heard last year when she attended a
Native American Peace Ceremony. One of the participants said
that a few years ago, while meditating, he had a vision in
which an old monk came and gave him a broom, and suddenly he
felt very peaceful and at ease. The next day, he read in the
newspaper of the Venerable Master's passing into stillness.
Looking at the picture, he identified the monk in his
vision. After that, he came to the City of Ten Thousand
Buddhas three times and each time, he experienced the same
feeling of peacefulness.
Although the Chinese level of Gold Sage
Monastery's Sunday Buddhist class is not very advanced, the
students gave short speeches expressing their gratitude and
joy to the Venerable Master for establishing Gold Sage
Monastery and the Sunday Buddhist Studies class. Fifteen
year old Song Chin-hua once had a dream in which she saw the
Venerable Master sitting in deep stillness inside a room
while the wind hollered outside. She interpreted it to mean
that the Venerable Master was teaching her to be patient and
not get angry.
Finally, Upasaka Chang Guo-Ching (Sam
Jinq) spoke of a miraculous incident. Upasaka Chang is from
An- hui Province in China. In his old age, he wanted to go
to Nine Flowers (Jiuhua) Mountain to recite the Buddha's
name. Therefore, ten days before, he placed a call to his
father asking for his help. That night, the elder Upasaka
Chang had a dream in which the Venerable Master said to him,
"Previously, I told your son to leave the home life, but you
were unwilling. Now we have Gold Sage Monastery and you want
him to go to Nine Flowers Mountain. You have to take
responsibility for this matter!" Frightened, Upasaka Chang
immediately contacted his son and said, "The Venerable
Master says it's not okay; let's not discuss this matter
Upasaka Chang very seriously reminded
everyone not to do things in the dark, thinking that no one
will know; actually the Venerable Master knows everything.