In 1977 two American monks set out on foot from Los Angeles on an 800-mile pilgrimage to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a religious and educational center in Mendocino County, California. The pilgrims, Heng Sure and Heng Ch’au, reached their destination two-and-a-half years later. Along the way, the two wrote letters to the center’s founder and their teacher, the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. Below is a letter from Heng Sure in the early days of the journey.
Two American Buddhist monks, Heng Sure and Heng Ch’au, undertook a pilgrimage in 1977 with vows to bow to the ground in full prostration every three steps. Beginning at Gold Wheel Temple, the Los Angeles branch of the Sino-American Buddhist Association, the two monks traversed eight hundred miles over a two-and-a-half-year period before arriving at […]