the evening of February 22, 1994, Supreme Master Ching
Hai, a world spiritual leader from Formosa, received
the "World Spiritual Leadership Award" at
the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. Nearly two thousand
attended the spectacular event, which was hosted by
the Governors of six Midwestern states and Mr. Hung
kwang Chen, Chief Secretary of the World Cultural
Communication Association. A joint proclamation was
made by the Governors of the six states, and the 22nd
of February was designated "The Supreme Master
Ching Hai Day".
view of the serious conditions and the inhabitants'
great losses from the flood disaster in the Midwest
last year, the compassionate Supreme Master Ching
Hai launched relief activities by Her disciples. Practitioners
from the U.S.A. and Formosa donated US$170,000 for
the relief of the flood victims to six states in the
Midwest: Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri
and Minnesota. Supreme Master Ching Hai has always
been quietly doing charitable deeds all over the world,
helping countless disaster victims and refugees. She
also travels around the world to spread the Quan Yin
Method, to elevate the spirituality of mankind. She
truly deserves to be awarded the "World Spiritual
disciples from all corners of the world responded
to the invitation and then attended this great dinner
party. Supreme Master Ching Hai was presented the
awards by high officials from all six states on behalf
of their Governors. More than two hundred of the guests
invited were prominent government officials, celebrities
from society as well as journalists. During the ceremony,
each state presented the Supreme Master Ching Hai
with a specially made bronze bust of Herself. There
are now five busts which will be placed in public
parks or public places to be revered by the people
of the states.
___Mr. Paul D.
Schleer, the representative for the Governor of Missouri
state, was the master of ceremonies for the evening.
He read out the congratulatory messages from President
Clinton and former Presidents Bush and Reagan and
first lady. In his message, President Clinton said,
"Supreme Master Ching Hai is a living example
of world peace and love for all, especially Her help
for the refugees and the many suffering people in
___Mr. Hung Kwang
Chen, Chief Secretary of the World Cultural Communication
Association, made a speech in the ceremony. He said
Supreme Master Ching Hai's extensive knowledge and
transcending power in spirituality more than qualify
Her as a spiritual Master for the people of the world.
Her charitable deeds are done purely out of compassion.
Her willingness to accept these awards is only for
taking the opportunity to spread the Quan Yin Method,
so that even more people can be enlightened, and the
world be benefited. Mr. Chen emphasized that it was
the only first time in a decade that the "World
Spiritual Leadership Award" had been presented,
and that only a person who had made great contributions
to the world is qualified to receive it.
of the Governors of the six states each gave a speech,
extending their gratitude and the highest respect
to Supreme Master Ching Hai. They read a proclamation
that designated the 22nd of February as "The
Supreme Master Ching Hai Day". They presented
the Supreme Master Ching Hai with the "World
Spiritual Leadership Award" cup, and 5 bronze
busts of Herself, and to receive Her blessing. On
behalf of the Republican party of the U.S.A., Mr.
Hung Kwang Chen presented 2 medals to the Supreme
Master Ching Hai, for Her relief efforts in the flood
disaster of the Midwest, U.S.A., and in the Mount
Pinatubo volcanic eruption disaster in the Philippines.
Ching Hai gave an acceptance speech. She said that
Her followers and Herself never expected any recognition
or rewards for anything that they do for the people
of various nations around the world. She felt that
such warm-heartedness and courtesy that She was given
for Her efforts in the relief of the flood victims
was hard to refuse.
___After the award
ceremony, the celebration began. Through the earnest
request of the guests, Supreme Master Ching Hai also
went on the stage to sing songs She composed. It was
a special event which combined spirituality and social
concern, providing a significant purifying effect
to a world which is more and more inclined towards
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