She picked up an abandoned child at the gate of a small nunnery
Before she became a nun, Master Zhihong was a student in the Department of Philosophy in Tsinghua University. Because she didn't find "the answer she needed in philosophy," she devoted herself to religion and to Buddhism after graduation. Because Zhongnan Mountain in Shaanxi Province is the birthplace of Buddhism's Vinaya School, she went there many times as a teacher at the Putuo Mountain College of Buddhism.
Master Zhihong stayed in a small nunnery at the foot of Qinling Mountains when she went to Shaanxi. On a night in the spring of 2001, she heard someone crying. Following the sounds of crying, Master Zhihong saw a little girl who was weeping at the nunnery gate.
The little girl was not tall, between 6 and 9 years old, and she was not able to give some basic information about who she was. Master Zhihong brought the girl into the nunnery and settled her down, but after a long time, none of the girl's family members came for her. Master Zhihong found that the little girl was seriously ill, and then she realized that the child had been abandoned by her parents.