Finally, in 1962, several of his Hong Kong disciples invited him to come to San Francisco. By 1968, Master Hua had established the Buddhist Lecture Hall in a loft in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and there he began giving nightly lectures, in Chinese, to an audience of young Americans. His texts were the major scriptures of the Mahayana. In 1969, five of his early American disciples took full ordination, thereby initiating the Master’s wish to establish an indigenous sangha in the West. Since then, hundreds of monks and nuns have trained, studied, and ordained under his guidance.
In 1984, Master Hua founded the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA), which serves as the umbrella organization for the monasteries, schools, temples, and all of the activities conducted as part of his legacy.
As an educator, Master Hua was tireless. From 1968 to the mid 1980’s he gave many lectures every week, and he traveled extensively on speaking tours. He continued to travel and lecture until late in life. He also established the Sangha and Laity Training Program (SLTP), Instilling Goodness Elementary School, Developing Virtue Secondary School, and Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU) at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB), and the Institute for World Religions, in Berkeley.
Master Hua manifested “stillness” on June 7, 1995.