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A Great Advisor2013-01-10


By: Huong Nguyen

I took refuge with the Triple Jewels at the City of Ten Thousand Buddha in 2007. At that time via the website of Dharma Realm Buddha Association (DRBA) and the books published by DRBA I learned about the Venerable Master Hua, his life and his quest to bring proper dharma to the west. His teaching was short and straight to the point. They have helped me see my offenses & bad habits, made me feel ashamed of my wrong doings. Since that time on, I told myself that I have to change, to learn Buddha Dharma and to cultivate.

March 12, 2009, I lost my job. A few days later, I saw the Venerable Master in my dream. He was standing right in front of the gate of Gold Sage Monastery, a few feet away from me. He signaled me to follow him in. That weekend when I took my daughter to Gold Sage Monastery for her to attend Sunday school, I had learned that the Great Compassion Repentance Ceremony is held every day at 1 o’clock and suddenly I was thinking now that I have a lot of free time I should come to start by doing this. Later on I came to realize the Venerable Master had given me the way to get rid of my offenses. So I started going to Gold Sage every day to attend the ceremony. After 4 months, I know by heart the Great Compassion Mantra. Then I was thinking about the 10,000 bows that I have to fulfill as of the Venerable Master’s request to all lay disciples when they took refuge with the Triple Jewels at CTTB, but my knees hurt a lot . I have dizziness and my eyes get blurred after about 30 bows. So I came to him for help. That same day, to my surprise, I could do 100 bows at one time and I felt totally great. I then finished that 10,000 bows to Shakyamuni Buddha in about 4 months.

As I was totally new to cultivating, I did not know which dharma door is suitable for me. But I knew I wanted to end birth and death as I found the Saha world is so much of suffering. Again, I came to the Venerable Master for his advice. Again, he helped me, he sent me a good advisor. She is the 1st lay person I’ve ever met that I respected so much because of her dedication to cultivating. I came to know her through my husband’s family, but as far as our relationship went, we exchanged greetings at the monastery every time we met. Suddenly I received a call from her. She said: ” Now that you lost your job and have a lot of free time, it was a good timing for you to cultivate and I wanted to help you.” I learned about the Dharma Door of the Land of Ultimate Bliss, how to sit in the full lotus position and recite Amitabha Buddha’s name. The power of reciting: “Namo Amitabha is beyond words. They had tremendously purified my mind, gave me peace of mind and wisdom in lots of ways.

Even though the cultivating journey is long and difficult, I truly believe the Venerable Master is always behind those who want to change and to cultivate to end birth and death.
To the Venerable Master Xuan Hua, with all my gratitude.