Venerable Bhikshuni Miao Ru
She brought in Tanjung Pinang of Indonesia. She is
graduated from Graduate from Fo Guang Shan Tsunglin
Institute (English Buddhist College, Taiwan) in 1997.
She is worked on many responsible posts. She was a
Teacher in Fo Guang Shan Tsunglin Institute, (Taiwan)
in the year 1998 ~ 2005. Dean of Fo Guang Shan
English Buddhist Collage (Taiwan) in the year
2000-2005 and since 2005 she is assigned as the
President of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Collage of India
& Chief Nun In-charge of Fo Guang Shan Calcutta
Buddhist Centre of India. She is also working as
the Indian (BLIA)
she began her service as an administrator at FGS English Buddhist College. After a year, she
started her teaching experience at the same department and Chinese department. In year
2000, she was promoted as the dean of Fo Guang Shan English Buddhist College, and
continues her teaching experience till March 2005 before she was transferred to India.
It was a great thing to her, be able to participate and helped in the program of the 4th
International Monastic Seminar which was held at Fo Guang Shan in May 1997. And more
fortune came to her later, in year 2000, she worked as a guiding teacher for the candidate
from Sri Lanka and Indonesia in the Millennium Full International Ordination Ceremony at Fo
Guang Shan Monastery which took about 53 days.
She was brought up in a small island called Bintan Island in Indonesia. It is about 1 hour by
speed boat from Singapore. She is the 3rd generation of Indonesian-Chinese. Her parents
were very stick in educating children and very conservative too. A lot of unfairness that
happened to her and others made her thought: “What is the real meaning of life?”, “Why was
she born in this world?”, “What is the purpose of her birth?”. Should she live as how most
people live?”. And so on …..
She respected and loved friends from different religious background. She even visited with her
family or friends to Tao temples, churches and mosque to pay her respect and learned from
them. She has good-parents from Muslim tradition who are native Indonesian. Her younger
sister, too, is Muslim, because she was given to Muslim family not long after she was born. It
was due to the superstitious beliefs, a sick baby will recover if he/she is given away. Her
younger brother became a Catholic at his teenage. And her older brother follows his wife to
the Protestant Church every Sunday. And her mother used to be a Tao (Confucius) follower.
And last, her father belongs to none of the religions. It was due to his pride. She grew up and
surrounded by such conditions. But, she didn’t know why, she had more feeling and closer to
Chinese tradition and culture. she felt something deep-rooted in me about Chinese culture,
specially Chinese Buddhism which she recognized and realized much later.
After she completed her study in the High School of Commerce, she started to work as
the secretary of the Batam Island Resorts. She also had the experience of working as a
cashier, administrator, clerk and Chinese interpretation at a garment factory.
One day, with a pure and kind intention, she companied a foreign colleague to visit a temple. It
was there, her first shock to Buddhism. She felt like coming HOME when sheI first heard the
Buddhist chanting. It was all about the profound meaning and boundless love, compassion
and wisdom that touched her. She was sure about her Path when she read a sentence from a
little book of the Introduction of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, SHE WILL NOT ATTAIN THE
BUDDHAHOOD, UNLESS ALL THE SENTIENT BEINGS BEING LEBERATED FROM THE HELL.
Few months later, she quitted her job and sold out the house she just bought. And then, she
got her passport done and flew to Taiwan for Buddhist Study and led to her renunciation as a
nun, vowed to follow the Path of Lord Buddha and Master Hsing Yun.