Bhikshuni Heng Hwang is from Tao-Yuan, Taiwan. People’s first impression of her is that she is simple, straightforward, honest and patient. She started brooding over the meaning of life after deeply realizing impermanence in the present diverse social environment. Under the guidance of her friends, she started to learn Buddhism.
She learned serving as a full-time volunteer at Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Society in 1990. This experience gave her a new revelation of and definition to life, and so she decided to devote her life to Buddhism. She requested to enter monastic life and had her head shaved in January, 1993, when Venerable Master Hua returned to Taiwan with a Dharma delegation. This change marked a new starting point in her young life.
At the Buddhist Academy, she vigorously studied various Dharma doors, introspected and rectified her behavior at all times. A new life energy filled her spirit.
After being ordained in 1995, she studied with the Sangha and disciplined herself with Venerable Master’s Dharma words at all times. Over the years, doing whatever needed to be done, she discovered that reciting the Buddha’s name while sitting in Chan was the most suitable practice for her. Even though she has encountered many sufferings of illness, her faith and vows have never wavered and she has been ever persistent, like the phoenix burnishing his brilliant pearl in the fire.
She directed the Audio Archives at the Burlingame monastery and currently lives in Gold Sage Monastery. Today, she works as an organizer for the Dharma talks given by Venerable Master Hua and helps with daily monastic tasks. She studies sutras and bows the Ten Thousand Buddhas Repentance at night. She always hopes to share what she knows with young and old so that they, too, can gain Dharma joy and enter the sea of the Buddhadharma. And since she understands how even strong people can be challenged by illness, she has been especially patient and caring with fellow cultivators who are weak or ill.
Though Heng Hwang Shr is young, her roots of goodness are deep. With ceaseless vigor, she inspired both her sister and her mother to leave the home life; her sister, Jin Xing Shr became a nun first, then her mother, Jin Yue Shr. These three women have come to follow the Buddha’s steps and wish to emulate the great compassion of Bodhisattvas as they cultivate merit and virtue in order to realize Buddhahood soon.