I come from Malaysia. After graduating from prep school, I worked in education. I was introduced to the Buddha Dharma by a colleague. After hearing about the lifestyle of cultivation at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and about the virtue of Venerable Master Hua, I resolved to become a full-time vegetarian.
While working as a teacher, I spent all my energy teaching and editing the teaching material. Wishing to help students score well on the National Junior High Entrance Exam so that they would have bright futures, I ignored their moral education and emphasized only academic knowledge. After awhile, feeling that I owed both myself and my students an apology, I had the wish to go to the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to cultivate.
In 1987, I came overseas with a group of Malaysian disciples to the Sagely City to participate in the Water, Land and Air Ceremony. Deeply impressed by the Sagely City, I decided to come back to cultivate.
In 1989, after requesting the Venerable Master's permission at Gold Mountain Monastery, I finally joined the Sangha and Laity Training Program at the City. Since then, I trained myself to live like a left-home person, starting with taking one meal a day, sitting up to sleep at night, and so on, according to the custom at the Sagely City. On August 9, 1990, the Day of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's Accomplishment of the Way, I left the home-life and in September of 1992, I received the Three Platforms of Precepts.
I feel that the prerequisite for cultivation is to vigorously renounce—to renounce the five desires: wealth, beautiful forms, fame, food and sleep, to renounce one's bad habits, and to renounce the ego.
Moved by the great kindness of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, as well as the spirit and virtue of the Venerable Master Hua, I vow to bring the truths of the Buddha Dharma and the earnest teachings of Venerable Master Hua to the demoralized society, and keep the Proper Dharma in the world, in order not be sorry for leaving the home-life and not let down my parents, the Venerable Master, and the Bodhisattvas and Buddhas.