I was a brand-new Novice Monk when Helen Woo first arrived at Gold Mountain Monastery; I followed Master Hsuan Hua down to Los Angeles in 1975. Helen had convened the largest Refuge and Precepts ceremony in American Buddhist history in Pasadena; over 100 people became Master Hua's disciples,
Since then Helen has been one of DRBA's most able Dharma Protectors. She and her husband, Dr. Wesley Woo, were instrumental in supporting my Three Steps, One Bow pilgrimage back in 1977-79.
She remains a dedicated cultivator; Helen bows the 10, 000 Buddha's Repentance ceremony in her own Buddha Hall at home in LA. She came up recently to the Bay Area to tell stories for our Oral History Project of her life-changing encounters with our teacher. She is an inspiring story-teller and role model!