Venerable Supreme Master Ching Hai,
I was blessed for being able to have made several pilgrimages to the pure land of Hsihu Center, and each time I got closer and closer to You. At one point I had the impetuous desire to touch Your clothes, but I managed to keep a distance because I was ashamed of my impurity, and feared that I might contaminate Your dignified, pure and holy light.
I was a heavy smoker. However, strangely enough I had no desire to smoke when I was in Hsihu. This enlightened me: smoking is a habit, but environments can generate a certain atmosphere which restrains the habit. "Quit smoking in one day" - I went to Hsihu only once, and benefitted immediately!
I have listened to Your song, "The Ocean of Love" innumerable times. Each time I couldn't help shedding tears as I was extremely touched. It was as if I were buried in an unfathomable abyss, exploring and struggling in darkness. Just as I was about to suffocate, a dawn light suddenly appeared. That feeling, that excitement, can hardly be described in words. Master is like a brilliant lighthouse, guiding lost ships back on course towards home.
I long to read Your discourses more often, and hope that I can forever follow Your light and teachings.
I wish You infinite longevity!