The Supreme Master Ching Hai
Makes A Campaign To Rescue Fifty Thousand Au Lac Refugees
The Supreme Master Ching Hai who says "whoever sincerely practices and meditates will be saved and liberated" visited Korea for the third time during Her world lecturing tours in order to preach the Truth. The Supreme Master Ching Hai visited Korea to inspire the International Publics feelings for rescuing the Au Lac boat people, as well as have a meeting with Her disciples who practice Quan Yin Method.
During those few days, the Supreme Master Ching Hai was visited by VIPs from the world of politics and academic circles. She asked them to help fifty thousand Au Lac refugees, being housed in Asian countries, such as in Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines and Japan, not to be forcefully sent back to their country.
The Headquarter of the International Supreme Master Ching Hai Meditation Associations is in Formosa, with centers in about 50 other countries, some of which are USA, Korea, Japan, Germany, and so on.
In Korea, there are 6 centers in Seoul, Pusan, Taegu, In-Chion, Taejon and Chyuan Chou, with over two thousand practitioners.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai, who tours to all countries, holding lectures, preaching the Truth. The messages which She wants to tell human beings is not a kind of specific religious teaching.
She wants to rightly preach goodness and the Inner Sound of God, which is inside ourselves. The Supreme Master Ching Hai's spiritual teachings are that everybody has Christ and Buddha Nature inside them. People don't realize this wonderful truth due to their ignorance; therefore, if everyone sincerely meditates and has a pure mind, this world would then be in harmony like heaven.
Even though She was so busy in Seoul, She gave us an opportunity to have an interview.
Q: I heard You visit many countries for lecturing. By the way, according to foreign reports, this lecture has a special meaning. M: This visit to Korea is the third. Through this visit I want Koreans to help the refugees. On the way to USA, I'm visiting Korea because I want to satisfy the sincere fellow practitioners here. Now, after the Au Lac War, there are fifty thousand Au Lac refugees in Asia. They can't bear the Communist's oppression, so they escaped from their own country. However, several countries are forcefully repatriating them to Au Lac. If so, many people will suffer severely. They protest against forced repatriation and even commit suicide. The number of people committing suicide increases more and more. They think it's the same, whether they die in Au Lac or die in refugee camps.
Q: I know the countries which have the boat people have lots of difficulties. That is to say, economic difficulties, job problems, race trouble, and so on. Several complicated troubles occur in their countries. M: Yes. There are those difficulties, but 19 years have passed since they escaped. Therefore, if they go back to their own country, they have no place to settle and have no jobs. In addition, because they escaped from Au Lac, they are designated as a group of people who threaten the government and they are always observed with social discrimination. Due to this, several countries which hold Au Lac refugees shouldn't forcibly repatriate them.
If some of refugees want to go back, several countries have to help them go. If not, they have to help them live here.
Q: Au Lac is a newly developing country, and it follows the open policy of the free market, so it is developing very rapidly amidst other Asia countries. Therefore, is it better for refugees to go back to their country than to suffer in refugee's camps. M: No. It is a misunderstanding that Au Lac has freedom. Their policy has never been changed, comparing with before. They treat foreigners freely, but they treat the Au Lac people differently and sometimes very strictly. Therefore, if they go back, they will suffer. Also, I hope Korea actively participates in this movement.
Q: Dear Supreme Master Ching Hai. You are delivering the words of Truth to many people. However, some of them cannot understand what You preach. Is Your idea based on any special religions? M: I don't belong to Buddhism or Catholicism. I belong to the Truth and I preach the Truth. You may call it Buddhism, Catholicism, Taoism, or whatever you like. I welcome all! By attaining inner peace we will attain everything else. All the satisfaction, all the fulfillment of worldly and heavenly desires, come from the Kingdom of God - the inner realization of our eternal harmony, of our eternal wisdom, and of our almighty power. If we do not get these, we will never find satisfaction, no matter how much money or power, how high position we have.
Her lectures are meant for those who have forgotten how to get in touch with God's language with one's wisdom eye and with one's inner ear.
Our teaching is that whatever you have to do in this world, do it wholeheartedly, be responsible... and also meditate everyday. You will get more knowledge, more wisdom, more peace, in order to serve yourself and serve the world. Do not forget that you have your own goodness inside you... do not forget that God lives within your body, and do not forget that Buddha lives within your heart.
Q: How can people get enlightenment and the Truth which You have achieved? M: Find out a method and be initiated by the Master who has the experience of complete enlightenment. We must keep a vegetarian diet and the precepts that the lives of any sentient beings should not be taken in order to further the development of enlightenment.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai's book: "The Key of Immediate Enlightenment", explains the five precepts like these:
Q: Dear Supreme Master Ching Hai, how do You arrange for delivering God's word and where do funds needed for Your international activities come from? M: My disciples from more than two hundred centers over the world always wish to share the good news about enlightenment with fellow practitioners in the world. Besides, for the people who really want to know the Truth, they invite me to do a world lecturing tour.(Funds mostly come from Master's own savings).
Q: Please tell me about Your life and practice until now. M: I was born in Au Lac, got married to a German doctor, and led a happy life. However, working at the Red Cross, I came to know the fact that there are so many suffering people in the world. Therefore, I wanted to do whatever for those people. Then I left to search for enlightenment. After wandering around in the Himalaya Mountains for a while with only two sets of clothes and a sleeping bag, God finally blessed me with enlightenment.
Q: What's Your enlightenment?
M: It's the inner peace and blessing which follows after enlightenment. There is an excellent language, more than any language of the world; this is God's language. But the longer we live in this world, the more we gradually forget God's language, because we have no chance to use God's language, and also have no person to share that wisdom with. That is the very reason why we forget our origin, because we forget how to communicate with God by using God's language. Therefore if we get enlightened, we can listen to God's words.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai Doesn't Want To Be An Adorable Idol She Regards Herself As An Ordinary Person
Unable to bear the Au Lac refugees' hardship and destitute situation, the life loving Supreme Master Ching Hai recently came to Formosa to appeal to the Government to accept them. At the same time, She and Her followers organized and carried out a large, peaceful seven-day meditation activity in Taipei, praying for international human rights and world peace.
The Au Lac refugees regard the Supreme Master Ching Hai as their
"guardian angel", and Her disciples believe Her to be the reincarnation of
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, having all this Budhisattva's qualities and
Yesterday, when the Supreme Master Ching Hai, with dark shoulder-length hair, wearing a white suit, appeared at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, it immediately stirred great emotion among Her more than 4,000 disciples who first warmly applauded, then put their palms together and greeted loudly, "How are You, Master?" The Supreme Master Ching Hai returned the gesture and greeting with a kind and gentle smile; it was a warm and touching scene.
People had once suspected the Supreme Master Ching Hai of using the initiation into the Quan Yin Method as a way of secretly hypnotising Her disciples to captivate their hearts and minds. Even during their meditation, Her image continually appeared in their minds... She has been criticized for this.
When reporters queried the Supreme Master Ching Hai on these suspicions, the Master replied, "'Initiation' and 'hypnotism' are different. 'Initiation' is the response of our Buddha - nature. During the 'initiation', the disciples' minds are very clear and the disciples can differentiate between right and wrong; and the Master can perform the initiation without being physically present. 'Hypnotism' is different; it must be performed face-to-face; and the one who is hypnotised completely cannot control himself." Those outsiders, who don't understand the Supreme Master Ching Hai, will have such suspicions. Master Ching Hai can't help it nor does She pay any attention to this.
Those who sincerely listen to Master Ching Hai's lectures will discover that Her lectures and initiation are very special. As She was born in Au Lac, She is therefore not so fluent in Chinese, Her grammar and phrases are all very simple and plain, and totally spontaneous. She always bring a book or a notebook of memos with Her. Her audience all love the way She lectures.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai sees that Her disciples are so respectful and obedient towards Her mainly because they - Master and disciples - have an inner bond and a kind and honest love between them. Moreover, all that She teaches and does benefits them; naturally, Her disciples feel and appreciate this.
At the same time, the Supreme Master Ching Hai also emphasizes that She and Her disciples always keep to just a 'learning' relationship. They also often test Her patience. She does not want to be treated as an adorable idol; therefore, She only accepts Her disciples' closed-palm greetings, but does not want them to kneel and pray to Her personally. Besides, there are disciples who always wear and keep Her photos often attached to decorative ornaments, they are just like youngsters who idolize film stars. Master Ching Hai smilingly says, “This is perhaps because they like me.” But She does not feel that She is a movie star. She even jokingly says that a movie star can earn a lot of money! She immediately says that She is actually very ordinary, small statured and not very beautiful; She is only thinking of trying Her best to help sentient beings to eliminate their anxieties, to broaden their wisdom, to do more charitable work, to bring about prosperity and strength to any nation, to help people to feel safe and secure, and to help in the early arrival of world peace.
Regarding Her concern about the Au Lac refugee issue, what if, finally, nothing can be done about it? The Supreme Master Ching Hai calmly says, "Let God's will be done." But She also emphasizes that no country can always be wealthy and strong; if the positions are reversed, would we not also hope that other countries would help us? She also points out that good country leaders should treat the worlds' citizens as their own children, and be rulers of the whole peaceful world and not only of their own countries.
The "Mother Of Refugees" Wearing A Shining Necklace, Jewellery and Make-up Causes Arguments, Also Praised For Helping Refugees worldwide Round The Clock.
[Special Report by Reporter Loh Pi] Among the existing religious leaders in this world, the Supreme Master Ching Hai - with Her unique style is unquestionably one who deeply loves peace and emphasizes human rights. In order to save the lives of refugees, She flies from one country to another to appeal to the local governments about how to settle the refugee issue and even promises to take full responsibility for the refugees' daily life affairs. This is done, because She does not want anything tragic to happen to the refugees, who will even forsake their lives for freedom. The Supreme Master Ching Hai states that only when human beings really show their true love and sincerity to others, then the entire global atmosphere of unrest can be resolved. She not only cares about human beings but also shows deep concern for animals' lives. That is the reason why She has laid down the five precepts as essential conditions for those who want to be Her disciples. The five precepts are as follows:
She will initiate and accept anyone as Her disciple, regardless of their belief, as long as they can keep these five precepts. The Supreme Master Ching Hai thinks that no matter what religion we believe in, they all lead to the same inner Truth and also the same Supreme power. Churches and temples are symbols of our inner heaven and they are built to remind us that we have our inner church and temple.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai teaches the "Quan Yin Method" which is a method of spiritual cultivation. Nevertheless, it is generally not accepted by some so-called Buddhists. Also, by wearing beautiful ornaments, jewellery and make-up, She has been criticized by those of other religions. Referring to this point, the Supreme Master Ching Hai admits frankly that, in the past, She too had thought that those who are enlightened should wear tattered clothes and She had also previously criticized those who dressed beautifully. And now, God "punishes" Her by making Her wear beautiful clothes; She claims to have no choice but to obey God's wishes.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai says, "we have already been living in a poor and miserable condition for a very, very long time; and now, we should be able to enjoy something that is noble and glorious - like those of the royal family with a high quality lifestyle. In this way, everyone can become more refined, noble and beautiful - just like the ancient kings and queens whose nobility and virtues are comparable to the gods."
The Supreme Master Ching Hai, originally from Au Lac, is multi-lingual, speaking Mandarin, Au Lac language, English, French and German. She was once a translator for the Red Cross in Germany. She is also multi-talented and can play the piano and harp, compose music, and even design clothes. Her paintings have been praised by world-renowned artists and were exhibited recently at the Asiaworld Plaza Hotel in Taipei.
Apart from these, the Supreme Master Ching Hai has also helped flood, fire and earthquake victims as well as the refugees of Thailand, Au Lac, Mainland China, the Philippines, France, Belgium, Holland, Formosa and other countries.
What type of person is She? Each time She appears, thou- sands of people flock to see Her! When donating to charities, She could easily contribute millions of U.S. dollars!Went to church in the morning, temples in the afternoon, and read scriptures in the evening. There is nothing unusual about Her past, but our knowledge of it is also limited. We only know that She was born to a well off family in Au Lac. Her father was a naturopath, and Her family were pious Catholics, yet She developed a habit of going to the church in the morning, attending temples in the afternoon, and reading scriptures in the evening. That was one thing uncommon to others when She was young.
At eighteen, She went to study in England, and often travelled abroad. During this time, She nourished Her knowledge, and learned many languages, inclung French, German, English, etc. More important, She married a German.
However, from then on, Her exceptional life had begun. Most incredibly, She was enlightened instantly, and decided to leave home, practicing in the seclusion of the Himalayas. There She met a hermit sage who "illuminated" Her even more.
From then on, She has had no fixed abode, but there is always a large group of people following Her. Although we don't know Her mundane name, the Supreme Master Ching Hai is much sought after by many people. Yes, this most legendary person is the Supreme Master Ching Hai.
The legend of the Supreme Master Ching Hai did not start from Her past, but from when She became monastically devoted. Although born in Au Lac, Her disciples come from all over the world amounting to tens of thousands, who will listen attentively when She utters a word, and believe Her teachings without the least of a doubt.
Recently, invited by the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Cultural Communication Association, the Master came to Formosa. When She appeared at the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, a spectacular crowd was attracted. There was a continuous calling of "Master, I love You!" which alerted people not to neglect this seemingly feeble "little woman".
Look at this fact: On April 7, 1994 the Hong Kong Police and Correctional Services Department suppressed the Au Lac refugees with a combined force of three thousand armed riot police, helicopters, patrol boats and two tanks. In spite of this, they also fired 557 tear gas grenades in the raid on the Whitehead Detention Center. The international media did not call attention to this incident, but treated it lightly. After the incident, thousands of people summoned by the Supreme Master Ching Hai, swarmed outside the Whitehead Camp and held a sit-in. Thus, the Hong Kong Government and all other facets of the society were forced to admit to the serious nature of the incident.
What "power" does the Supreme Master Ching Hai possess, that so many people follow Her so willingly?
Basically, the Supreme Master Ching Hai teachings can not be classified as a religion. What they believe in is the spiritual practice of the Truth. Their teachings include discourses from the Bible, Muslim scriptures and even Buddhist principles. It is rather difficult to label them as a religion, but the Supreme Master Ching Hai is definitely empowered with exceptional Heavenly ability.
Besides, She is very enthusiastic in aiding the refugees of the world, the Vietnamese refugees in particular. Summing up, the projects of Her disaster relief activities, in addition to Au Lac, northern Thailand and mainland China, also included are Belgium, Malaysia, England, Holland, France...more than twenty countries. The enormous relief fund amounted to billions of NT dollars.
Even then, in the view of the common Buddhists, the Supreme Master Ching Hai is still a controversial person because of the dissimilarities between Her "group" and other religious groups, and Her unique personal demeanor.
When She first became a nun, the Supreme Master Ching Hai looked very simple and austere, with Her shaved head. Later, She felt that outer appearances are not that important, so She let Her hair grow. When attending ceremonious occasions, She would even put on the appropriate splendid costume. This is exactly why She is criticized by other people. Chinese Buddhists like the Long Chan Temple, etc., expressed their views to the Supreme Master with statements like "It is not appropriate for us to make any comment on Her." or "We belong to two entirely different systems, so we are not in a position to answer this question."
Regarding Her diet, the Supreme Master Ching Hai insists on principle of vegetarianism for life. As to Her abode, She has no permanent residence because She is always busy travelling the world. In Hong Kong, She lives in an orchard somewhere in Satin. Her place was built around a cave, the remnants of a demolished cattle shed. It very much resembles a "fairy's cave".
However, most people have noticed the efforts that the Supreme Master Ching Hai has given for Human rights all over the world. Legislator Lin Cheng Chieh is one of the many who truly praise Her achievements in this work.
In fact, to all Her believers, the Supreme Master Ching Hai is a sacred and inviolable "person", because they are most capable of experiencing and understanding the "power" of the Supreme Master. Therefore, whenever the Supreme Master Ching Hai appears, they would shout emotionally, "Master, I love You!" They carefully esteem Her every word. Nonetheless, it is difficult for ordinary people to understand. Especially when the Supreme Master appears "magnificently", all they have in their mind is a chain of question marks.
In the eyes of the governments of many nations, and the Hong Kong
Government in particular, is a startling impression of an incredible
appealing delicate "little woman", the Supreme Master Ching Hai.