WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY, THE MASTER WILL APPEAR
In a recent article I said I would begin to share my experience of what it has been like for me to have the great opportunity to attend Hua Zhang Si Buddhist temple. My first encounter with Hua Zhang Si, came about because I was seeking a place to further my education in Buddhist studies and meditation, I was actually contemplating going to a Buddhist university and obtaining a degree in that field of study. When about that time I came across a shop owner with information pertaining to Hua Zhang Si, the owner was very sincere and compassionate in demeanor and I was impressed. I decided to attend the following weekend for they were having a special assembly. Before that weekend I had never been to a true Buddhist temple, my studies had been informal gatherings with other meditators and self-proclaimed Buddhist, and what I had read in books, magazines and other media. My first encounter was a bit surprising.