Master Samantha

Master, growing up in Taiwan, was ever baptized as a Christian. In July 1984, she immigrated to Canada with her husband after marriage. However, she now settled in Fremont, California, USA. While living in Canada, she had dreamed of a Buddha for seven consecutive days. Later, when she returned to Taiwan to visit her mother, she participated in the "Luoyin" activity because she wanted to see her deceased father again. Her third eye was opened inadvertently, and she could see the deities and communicate with the spiritual world. A subsequent examination by 12 Canadian physicians proved that she could no longer have children for unknown reasons.

Two years later, in 1986, she could virtually see a Buddha. The Buddha said that you would have a daughter in the future. And then, she got pregnant. Even more incredible was her hearing her fetus reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha during her pregnancy. She, therefore, had doubted herself and was afraid of the devil. To explain all kinds of incredible phenomena, she looked for people to answer her worries. She became a Buddhist then and began her 30 years of holy journey.

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     Since 1986, Master Samantha has diligently practiced Buddhism. She relentlessly preached Dharma to countless people worldwide and did her best to help people needing help. People praised her as a “living Guan-yin” who vowed to relieve all suffering.

     For more than 30 years of effort, Master Samantha has founded Purple Lotus Temple, Purple Lotus School, One Peace Foundation, and other affiliates. During those years, she led her followers to help those who suffered physically or psychologically.

     Over the years, Purple Lotus helped the U.S. 9/11 crisis, the California power crisis, the U.S. Katrina disaster, the South Asian Tsunami, hurricane Katrina, the SARS atypical pneumonia, the Malaysian fire, the Indonesian riots, the global war, the Sichuan earthquake in China, etc. Once the master heard of any disaster, she would immediately kick off a ceremony and pray for the sufferings of all beings.

     Master Samantha also led her followers to sponsor homes for older people, orphans, and children in China. She looked forward to inspiring people to take immediate action for the suffering.              She encouraged people to collect food and other necessities and directly deliver them to the disaster area. She hoped to relieve people’s sufferings during difficult times.

     For more than 30 years, Master Samantha has gained high recognition from the U.S. government. She had been awarded the “Excellent Volunteer Organization Group” by the city governments of San Francisco, Union City, and Fremont in California. Her group had been praised as the “Volunteer Service Group of the Year.”

Many countries and world-class groups have recognized Master Samantha’s contribution to societies:

  • In 2003 and 2004, the National Who’s Who Registry awarded Master Samantha the Executive Profession Award for her indispensable role in the religious world.
  • In 2002, 2005, and 2007, the International Federation for Peace awarded Ambassador of Peace to Master Samantha for her outstanding contribution to humanity.
  • In 2005, the American Society of Legends awarded the Woman of Achievement Award to master Samantha.
  • In 2006 and 2007, Master Samantha was honorably listed on The Global Register’s Who’s Who for her outstanding achievements in Buddhism.
  • In August 2006, Panama’s first lady, Ms. Licenciada Vivian Fernandez de Torrijos, piously invited Master Samantha to the presidential palace for talks. The first lady sincerely asked her to pray for the country and the people of Panama. The First Lady also thanked her for her outstanding contributions to the community and for bringing peace to people’s minds.
  • In 2006, Rinpoche was interviewed by MNDO, Panama’s No. 1 magazine.

    The magazine reported that Master Samantha was a leading figure in the Chinese community here. The cover caption reads: “Master Samantha- La Esencia Del Loto.” This is the first Chinese and the first Asian to be interviewed by the magazine in its 12 years of existence, and it has reported as many as three issues.

  • In 2007, His Royal Highness Voo Boming, The Chief Executive Officer of the Japan Cultural Revitalization Association, awarded Master Samantha in person the highest honor, “The Great Appreciation of World Peace”. He praised her for her outstanding contribution to human well-being and world peace.
  • In 2008, the President of the American Legends Association awarded Master Samantha the President’s Citation for her remarkable contribution to humanity.

Being compassionate to others is the most essential thing in life. A person without compassion will not accomplish tasks because the person lacks good causes. Therefore, one should always ask oneself: Am I a kind person to others? Should I say the wrong words?

One should constantly introspect about one’s thoughts and actions and strive to be good.

One should always be a person who is loved by others, respected by others, and welcomed by others.

A genuine Buddhist practitioner should have a good heart. This condition is necessary for practice to be successful.

A practitioner should do anything good in life no matter what would happen. Because of the positive causes, one naturally would own good fortune.

What are great benevolent deeds? They could involve awakening oneself, being out of life, reincarnating, helping all in suffering, and so forth.

What are small benevolent deeds? The deeds could change one’s behaviors, no longer affect others, help others change evil behaviors, and so on.

Only good-hearted people will conduct benevolent deeds.

▲The most important thing for a practitioner is constantly adjusting one’s mind. 

A practitioner should enlarge one’s worldly narrow mind as broad as the Buddha’s. As one’s mind is on the same level as the Buddha’s, Buddhist practices are unified, corresponded, and achieved.

Buddhas are compassionate and broad-minded. They selflessly care for others and try to relieve their suffering. We should always learn from them and do what the Buddhas want. Without thinking about what good one has done, authentic merits are created and accumulated.

▲ Practice with a sincere, soft heart. Someone had donated a lot of money and tried hard to practice Buddhism. If all one did were only for oneself, the merits accumulated would be limited. On the contrary, if you do not have a great fortune but own a soft heart, others will be happy with you because they know that you will not hurt them but help. In addition, such a good person will bring peace and security to the whole group. It is of great merit to let others feel joy.