WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY, THE MASTER WILL APPEAR
My first time going to Hua Zhong Si was for a Dharma Assembly. It was jam packed from front to back. The service was in Chinese but there was an interpreter for English speaking attendees. It was a bit of culture shock in that most people were Chinese and all the monastics were Chinese women. For some reason I thought only men became Monk’s. The assembly was very well organized and quite beautiful. I admit I was confused and a little intimidated, but the people were very nice and helpful. Compassionate really. In all honesty I would not have returned if were not for the effort the people made to welcome me. My experience of feeling the compassion of the Buddha is what drew me back.