Our Spiritual Teacher:
Ever since Master Zhen-Ru was little, life’s uncertainties have shaken her to the core. “Why does youth fade away? Why must loved ones separate?” In time, these questions would propel her onto a humble yet determined search. There had to be answers, and she had to find them.
When she came across the Buddha’s teachings, she felt within her heart that she had found the answers she was looking for, plus the wisdom to help all living beings find their ways from suffering to happiness. Thoroughly heartened and inspired, she aspired to be Buddha’s student for all lifetimes to come, and to unravel the mysteries of life for all to know, to grow, to transcend.
Perhaps we’ve never met,
But that is no matter.
The wind abides,
The clouds aflight,
And the flowers' fragrance spreads.
Here we are, within one great cosmos,
Immersed in the wonders of life.
Going to great lengths to study with many esteemed Buddhist teachers, she travelled over vast plains, high mountains and what seemed like endless waters Her esteemed Buddhist teachers included Venerable Harwa-Jamyang-Lodro Rinpoche as well as highly accomplished Masters Gendun Gyatso and Lobsang Gyatso of Labrang Monastery. Without exception, she is an outstanding student to each excellent teacher.
After Master Zhen-Ru encountered late Venerable Master Jih-Chang, who had by then devoted himself to teaching The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment to the Chinese community, she came to receive his full spiritual legacy, and assumed the mission of leading all of Late Master Jih-Chang’s followers in their learning and cultivation after his passing.
Just like her beautifully composed songs of praise, Master Zhen-Ru’s words are like graceful river streams, seamlessly flowing across the world’s diverse landscapes. She speaks with only the most genuine care for everyone she encounters, whether a scholar exploring the oceanic expanses of scriptural knowledge, a mother treading through jostling crowds within the city, or an adolescent maneuvering the fears and wonders of youth. Her words of wisdom and compassion are always fittingly conveyed and sure to lend the glimmer of confidence and hope one needs to rise beyond one’s challenges and sorrows.
Though she is revered as our teacher, she always sees herself as a student, as a simple spiritual practitioner who forever rests her faith and refuge in the Enlightened One - the Buddha.