98年1月2日來了聖城，服務女校時，將校中的資料及記錄全部電腦化，方便作業；99年10月23日，在上人及觀音菩薩的出家慶祝日時出了家，法名親禮，開始了近3年的沙彌尼訓練，時常到分支道場支援法會。2002年夏受了具足戒，近義師專持「阿彌陀佛」聖號，到任何地方都可修行。今後為道場服務時，她學著要擴大菩提心，哪裡需要人手就往哪裡去。她也計劃要多研讀戒 律，淨律雙修是 未來目標。
Bhikshuni Jin Yi was born in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. Her grandfather came from Putian county in Fujian Province of China. Thinking it important that she learn Chinese, her parents made special arrangements to send her to study Chinese. Thus she is comfortable with Fujianese, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and English. Ever since she was little, she liked to see left-home people and abhorred meat, which caused her mother great worry.
In 1992 when she was studying at Camansara College in Malaysia, enrolled in the Twinning Education Program of Humberside University of Great Britain, someone took her to a temple to bow the Three Thousand Buddhas Repentance from 7 to 9 p.m. every day. The bowing filled her with joy. At that time her mother suffered insomnia due to difficulty in breathing. Doctors couldn’t detect any illness and yet her mother grew thinner each day. She repented on her mother’s behalf and transferred merit to her. When the session concluded a few months later, her mother could sleep. Her mother also took her advice and refrained from eating meat on the first and the fifteenth of every lunar month. Jin Yi Shi herself took refuge with the Triple Jewel and became a vegetarian.
Once during her sophomore year she visited Prajna Guanyin Temple (formerly known as Tze-Yun Tung). Everything seemed familiar there as soon as she walked in because she had dreamed of this place before! From then on she went to the temple everyday after school at 5. During summer and winter breaks, she would live in the temple. While in the temple she practiced eating one meal a day at noon, attended ceremonies in the Buddha Hall, worked as an assistant cantor, played Dharma instruments, took care of the censer, listened to the sutra lectures, and so on. She learned to do just about everything.
One day, she picked up two thick volumes of the Venerable Master’s instructional talks. She started reading and could not put them down. After reading nonstop for 24 hours, skipping meals and sleep, she finally finished. The Master seemed to be speaking directly to her in those talks, pointing out all her faults. When she came to the sentence, “Whoever wants to leave the home-life with me must graduate from college first,” she made up her mind to finish college just in case.
She graduated in 1995 and prepared to move into Prajna Guanyin Temple. Her parents were alarmed and tried to persuade her to go to England to get a Master’s degree. Not wishing to sever her connections with Buddhism, she got a job instead as a software engineer in an information technology company. The pay was good and she managed to recite the
Earth Store Sutra three times a day in her office during breaks. Under her influence, some of her colleagues became vegetarians and even skipped dinner in order to practice eating one meal a day at noon.
However, after nine months, the company wanted her to manage its Computer Training Center, which meant she would have to attend an 18-month training in Australia. Reluctant to leave the temple and Buddhism, which was her spiritual refuge, she declined the offer and resigned. Later she moved into Lotus Vihara where she received the Five Precepts and took refuge again. After finishing the layout of the romanized recitation books of three sutras—the Avatamsaka, the Dharma Flower, and the Shurangama, she yearned to leave the home-life and decided to come to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB).
When she applied for a visa at the American Consulate, she drew a number that was over 1,000 and told herself, “It’s going to be a good wait!” There are two windows inside the Consulate: one for Americans and the other non-Americans. The room was jam-packed when she entered, but before long the window for Americans opened and her number was called. She couldn’t believe it. Hesitantly she asked, “Is it my turn?” “Yes.” “But I am not number one.” “I will only do this one number.” Pa! Pa! Pa! He started stamping some documents without even lifting his head. “Come and get it tomorrow.” Bang! He shut the window, giving her ten years of multiple entry—the longest possible visa. As she walked out of the room, hundreds of eyes followed her. They didn’t know where she came from; she didn’t know either.
On January 2, 1998, she arrived at the City. While working in the Girls School, she computerized all the school data and records. She left the home-life on October 23, as the City was celebrating the Leaving Home Day of Guanyin Bodhisattva and the Venerable Master. She was given the Dharma name Chin Li and started a three-year training period, during which she often went to help branch Wayplaces during Dharma sessions and attended Shramanerika training classes. In the summer of 2002, she was fully ordained as a Bhikshuni. She realizes that in serving the Wayplaces one must expand one’s Bodhi resolve to go wherever one is needed. Jin Yi Shi’s main practice is reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name, and she can go anywhere to cultivate. She plans to delve fully into the precepts, as her goal is to cultivate both the Pure Land and Vinaya.