Through reading the book The Spirit and Characteristics of Buddhism, Upasika Bau-yin Tsai joyfully discovered the precious raft of life, and has been reading Sutras and Buddhist books ever since. She found out about the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas from the book
Open Your Eyes and Take a Look at the World, a record of Venerable Master Hua's tour of Asia in 1978. When all the conditions came together, and Venerable Master Hua visited Singapore for five days in 1988, she followed the Master wherever he went, eager to listen to the Dharma. She sensed in the Venerable Master an inexpressible power of great kindness and compassion which she had never seen in anyone else.
In 1991, she resolutely left her family and loved ones to come to the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, which she had long admired, hoping to draw near a Good and Wise Teacher and learn how to be a good person. During her stay in the City, she made no phone calls, wrote no letters, and did not watch TV. Without external involvements and the material temptations of worldly society, she discovered just how many false thoughts and bad habits she had. Therefore, she works diligently and takes the opportunity to listen to the Dharma everyday. She hopes to never be lax, to courageously sweep away her attachments, and to make her mind gentle. She also wants to learn to reflect calmly in states of affliction, so that she can develop samadhi and wisdom, and walk on a great bright path in life. She also wishes to bring the Dharma to help relatives and friends who are burdened by afflictions, spiritually lost, and without zest for life, to find direction in their lives.