走200多石級去西樂園朝拜。不久我也被感化去上香聞法，種善根； 1981年皈 依上人，我己74歲。
After my husband passed away in 1980, my
son came home one day with a book titled Records of the Life
of Venerable Master Hua. From it, he learnt about Western
Bliss Gardens Monastery in Hong Kong's Xiao-qi Wan as well
as the story of the duck that went there to listen to the
sutras. This fueled my son's interest to visit the place.
Hence, he decided to climb up the mountain to make
offerings. There, he met and told Dharma Master Guo Liang
about me being very depressed and ill after his father's
death. Dharma Master Guo Liang taught him to recite the
"Universal Door Chapter" and to transfer the merit to his
father and me. Every weekend thereafter, my son would climb
over 200 steps to Western Bliss Gardens bringing fruits and
flowers as offerings.
It was not long before I too was
influenced to listen to the Dharma as well as plant good
roots. In 1981, I took the Three Refuges with the Venerable
Master. I was already 74 then.
On the 15th day of the third lunar month
in 1981, I visited the temple as usual. Dharma Master Guo
Liang said, "Tomorrow is Venerable Master Hua's birthday.
Why don't you go to the Hong Kong Building to look for
Dharma Master Heng Yi?" The next day, after lunch, I went to
the Buddhist Lecture Hall in Happy Valley. Coincidentally,
an empty seat was left, as if awaiting a guest. I was
invited to take that seat and was offered a vegetarian lunch
as well. During that time, Guo Ying and Guo Zi attended to
me very warmly and in no time, I became a volunteer in the
kitchen. Everyone worked happily in full cooperation.
In September of 1982, I attended the
"Opening the Light Ceremony' at the City of Ten Thousand
Buddhas (CTTB). During the Guanyin Recitation, whenever
Guanyin Bodhisattva's holy name was recited, my body would
shake for no reason, until I was rolling on the floor.
Members of the assembly helped me by reciting the Buddha's
name. Before long, I awoke seemingly from a dream. A few
days later, when I met Venerable Master Hua, he asked, "What
do you wish to say?" I was very surprised that the Venerable
Master knew my inner thoughts as I was having discursive
thoughts; I had donated a Buddha image for all of my
children and grandchildren, except for one granddaughter. In
the midst of my thoughts, Venerable Master Hua specially
helped me to put up a "Pai Wei" (ancestral plaque) for my
deceased husband. At that time, I didn't yet know how merit
and virtue could be transferred to the deceased by putting
After leaving CTTB, I went to Gold Wheel
Monastery in Los Angeles to attend an Amitabha Buddha
Recitation Session. During recitation, my body again began
to shake. I managed to control myself, stood up and asked
Venerable Master Hua for the reason. He only answered, "Do
not sit." In a daze, I heard the Master telling the person
next to him that I was undergoing the suffering of being
apart from the person I loved. To this day, I am still
unable to untie this knot.
In 2002, on the third day of the third
lunar month, Ci-xing (Flourishing Compassion) Monastery on
Lantao Island organized an "Opening the Light Ceremony." I
was sick and did not feel like attending; eventually, I
still went. Upon reaching the junction of Long-xi Road, the
little cart van that was used to ferry people up the
mountain refused to move. The vehicle had broken down. We
were forced to walk up the mountain track (it takes about 1
1/2 hours to reach the temple from the foot of the
mountain). We walked very slowly, my feet were in pain and
my heart was feeling very unwell. Guo Zi, saying that she
heard my panting from afar, had hurried from behind to catch
up with me. She gave me a piece of ginseng to put into my
mouth, enabling me to arrive at Ci-xing Monastery
peacefully. It was about six in the evening and the sky was
getting dark when we arrived.
I recall that when I was helping out in
the kitchen at CTTB, I would help to offer fruits/ flowers
and incense to the Jian-zhai Bodhisattva everyday. In the
kitchen at Ci-xing Monastery, the Jian-zai Bodhisattva's
seat was very high. I had wished so much to offer incense
but my feet didn't allow me to climb high; I was not at
ease. At the meal offering on the next day, Upasaka Ho asked
me to offer incense to Jian-zai Bodhisattva, fulfilling my
wish and putting me at ease.
In 1996, I rejoiced and participated in
the Guanyin Recitation Session at the Buddhist Lecture Hall.
That day, my children gave me HK$10,000. As it was a Sunday,
I was unable to deposit the money in the Bank. In the middle
of the following night, there was a break-in at my house.
The doors were locked, but at around 3 am, someone woke me
up, saying "Sister, the police are after me, I came in to
hide." I asked him, "How did you come in?" He replied, "I
climbed in through the toilet." "What do you want to do?" He
was very fierce and wanted to hit me with a stick I
instantly chanted "Namo Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa" three times, and
he quieted down. If I had shouted "Help!" he would have hurt
me. He was holding a kitchen knife. Suddenly, I remembered
my handbag and reached for it at the headboard, it was no
longer there. I quickly asked "Where is my handbag?" He
replied, "Under the table outside the room," adding, "I woke
you because I could not find the door key." Actually, the
door key was hanging just beside the door, but he did not
notice it in his panic. I opened the door and let him out.
Under the Buddha altar, I found my wallet and fortunately,
my money intact. Recalling the incident later, I shivered
with fear and fell sick for a week.
In the Buddhist Lecture Hall, each time
the Amitabha Praise was sung, I would cry till I almost
fainted. I also frequently dreamt of Venerable Master and
not long after the dreams, I recovered from my illness.
Once, I was coughing very badly but still went to pray, and
I got better. In my dreams, Venerable Master would sometimes
be in the Buddha Hall. Other times, he rode on clouds
through the kitchen, followed by other fellow Sangha