Teaching and Protecting All Nations: U.S. Officials

The Venerable Master was highly respected by many U.S. Officials such as President George Bush, local police chief Frank Jordan, Mayor Harrison of Burlingame and others.

Giving encouragement to U.S. President George Bush in January 1989

Giving encouragement to U.S. President
George Bush in January 1989.

In January 1989, the Venerable Master was a special guest of President George Bush at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. He was the only Oriental representative at a National Prayer meeting. In May 1990, when the Venerable Master sent five monks to the Dragon Flower Monastery in Shanghai, China, to help administer the Ordination Ceremony, President Bush sent a fax to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas congratulating him and his disciples. On April 28, the Venerable Master accepted the invitation of President Bush and went with eighteen members of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association to attend the President's Dinner in Washington, D.C. In 1994, the Master advised that if the President would refuse to take a salary, he would certainly win the election.


Ven. Master Hua with Police Chief Jordan and Police Commissioner Pius Lee in May 1990

Ven. Master Hua with Police Chief Jordan and Police Commissioner Pius Lee in June 1990.
 

In April 1990, the Venerable Master was nominated as Chaplain. The Venerable Master was officially sworn in by Police Chief Frank Jordan as Chaplain of the San Francisco Police Department on May 8. He was the first Buddhist to offer religious counsel to the San Francisco Police Department. Police Chief Jordan visited the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas on June 16, 1990.