1986, when Master Samantha took refuge in Living Buddha Lian-sheng,
the Living Buddha recognized her as the incarnation of the Purple
Lotus Bodhisattva (Purple Padmakumara), one of the eighteen Great
Padmakumaras from the Maha Twin Lotus Ponds in Sukhavati, the Amitabha
Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. After giving her the Acharya Empowerment
in 1987, the Living Buddha asked Master Samantha to disseminate
the True Buddha School Dharma, Buddhist Philosophy and principles
of moral living to more sentient beings.
Since then, Master Samantha Chou has worked tirelessly
and with the utmost effort to disseminate the Buddha dharma. She
has traveled to Canada, Central America, Australia, Japan, Taiwan,
Malaysia, Brazil, Singapore, China, and Europe, over twenty countries
in her mission to spread the dharma. With great compassion and
effective spiritual means, Master Samantha has helped countless
individuals around the world. Many regard her as a Living Kuan
Not only did individuals benefit from Master Samantha’s
ceremonies, the world at large benefited greatly from her ceremonies
as well. She blessed the world with ultimate effort so all sentient
beings could live in a peaceful and harmonious way. Whenever there
are disasters around the world, she responded quickly with disaster
elimination/purification Homas, often delivered in person at the
disaster sites. In the past 18 years, Master Samantha has hosted
more than one thousand ceremonies solely dedicated to elimination
of disasters and growth of peace in the world. In year 2001 alone,
she hosted more than 300 Homas, 15 to help alleviating California’s
power shortages, 51 to help reduce warfare casualties in US and
Afghanistan conflict, including 2 to eliminate the damage of bio-warfare,
222 to ease world disasters and to restore peace in the world.
She always did her best to help without any reservation, usually
hosting 4-7 Homas a day! It is unlikely that any other individuals
could have completed such a gargantuan undertaking. Master Samantha
believes we are belong to one global family, regardless of religion,
body color or language and therefore share in the suffering others.
Living Buddha Lian-sheng has praised Master Samantha
as a Master with great transcendental powers. While placing a
dharma ceremonial headpiece on Master Samantha, Living Buddha
Lian-sheng prophesied that she is certain to attain Buddha hood
in the future.(Please see Grand Master Lu’s Book No. 87,
The Mysterious Experiences of True Buddha Disciples,
Pg 88) .
Master Samantha currently resides in San Francisco
Bay Area where, or May 2, 1987 she founded the Purple Lotus Society,
a local chapter of the worldwide True Buddha School. She also
established the Purple Lotus Publishing Company, S.F. Lotus Light
Charity (a local branch of the International Lotus Light Charity),
and Mandala (a religious art supply store). In July of 1997, Master
Samantha founded the Purple Lotus Buddhist School, a private school
providing unique education to kindergarden though twelfth grades.
This wonderful school is located in Union City, California. The
core mission of the school is to integrate Buddhist teachings
with traditional education.
Under the leadership of Master Samantha, the Purple
Lotus Society purchased a five-acre plot in the city of Fremont,
California to erect the Purple Lotus Temple so that more sentient
beings can benefit from the Buddha-dharma. Construction is expected
to be completed in 2008. Her lifelong goal and mission is to establish
a Buddhist university, the Wa Guang Purple Lotus University, so
that more people can be educated in the art of pure awareness
through the practice of the True Buddha Tantric Dharma.
Every Saturday afternoon at the Purple Lotus Society,
Master Samantha provides personal consultation by appointment. All fees
are on a voluntary basis.