I was born in an ordinary family. My parents are honest folks, and they raised me in a simple environment, so that we are also plain folks. Since I was little, our family has followed the custom of bowing. It was only after the age of thirty that I realized the Dharma is about understanding principles and applying them. After discovering how wonderful the Dharma is, I introduced it to my relatives, who accepted it joyfully. After taking refuge with Venerable Master Hua in 1988, I bowed to the Buddhas everyday, completing ten thousand bows. Probably my karmic obstructions were reduced, for I began to enjoy bowing, reciting the Buddha's name and listening to lectures on the Sutras.
I am a lucky person, for although my family is not rich, my parents' tenderness and my siblings' affection more than fulfill me, and I am deeply grateful for everything in this world. After hearing the Dharma, I felt it would be a pity if I wasted my whole life. Since my parents had passed away, and my brothers and sister did not object, I bowed to the Buddhas, requesting their aid to strengthen my resolve to leave the home-life. Everyday I told myself I wanted to leave the home-life and put an end to birth and death. Later, I stayed in a monastery to learn about the life of left-home people. Originally, I thought if I could cultivate well, I wouldn't need to go to a Buddhist Academy. But after seven or eight months, I changed my mind. Realizing that my knowledge is limited, and having unanswered questions, I felt I should not cultivate blindly. Hearing that the Proper Dharma Buddhist Academy emphasized both understanding and practice and strictly observed the precepts, I applied to study there. On September 7, 1990, I left the home-life.
I came to the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas because I heard it is a place of vigorous cultivation where the precepts are purely upheld. I really like it here, and feel that the City is prospering, always improving as it works to propagate the Buddha's spirit. I can learn from all the Dharma Masters. As a Buddhist disciple, I think there are two ways I can spread the Dharma so that it shines on all beings: (1) To uphold the precepts with ease, so that others will also believe and delight in holding precepts. (2) To do my best to make the Way-place attractive, so that living beings will like to draw near the Triple Jewel.