Report from Costa Rica
Master Illuminates Women Inmates’ Souls
By Sister-initiate Gemma García, San Jose, Costa Rica (Originally in
On November 25, 2005, Costa Rican practitioners visited the Women’s
Prison in El Buen Pastor, San José in San Rafael Arriba de Desamparados
district to impart Master’s divine teachings through a video
presentation. The facility is surrounded by mountains, and as a result
enjoys fresh air that blows down from the hills into the surrounding
On the day of the presentation, the equipment was set up and one by one
the guests entered the venue full of curiosity. In all, twenty inmates
attended the event, during which they were shown a brief biography of Master
describing Her world-wide acts of compassion and a video of one of Her talk
Costa Rica lectures. The initiates then explained more about Master’s work
and the Quan Yin Method, discussed the benefits of the Convenient Method of
meditation and informed the audience members that they could learn the CM
and practice at the institution to find peace, serenity and love for God.
After the video showing and subsequent discussion, the women said that they
felt Master’s presence in their souls.
Next all of the attendees signed up to learn the Convenient Method. And
despite the fact that the CM instruction took place with limitations due to
institutional dynamics, noise from neighboring pavilions and loudspeaker
announcements, the women concentrated well for half an hour with full faith
Afterwards, the inmates expressed their satisfaction and gratitude for
being given the chance to learn about Master, meditation, inner peace and
happiness. The initiates and new CM practitioners then celebrated with a
delicious vegetarian lunch composed of soy rolls, rice with vegetables,
cake, home-made bread, juice, sumptuous vegetarian tamales and a colorful
array of cookies and candies.
At the end of the activity the initiates
distributed sample booklets to the women and contributed a supply of
Master’s News magazines and sample booklets to the Prison Library. Then when
it was time for the inmates to leave the venue, they graciously and
sincerely thanked Supreme Master Ching Hai for Her love.