Because I have always been engaged in scientific research, I need to see facts in every case, and I believe only what I witness with my own eyes. Atheism and humanism have been main philosophies in life, but usually I would base myself on Confucianism for my inner reflections. Religious activities, to me, were simply a reliance for people's spirits. And I was not aware that Buddhism, one of the world's religions, happened to be the only path to actually open up the wonders of life in the universe.
In the beginning of 1991, I was focusing on research in the life-sciences -- and I based myself on concepts in physics to understand the phenomenum and nature of the life of cells. Having received the guidance of two fellow cultivators and later on, the instructions of the Ven. Master Hsuan Hua, I began to undergo extensive and deep investigations into the universe and into life, using logical reasoning and my own experiences, and I was greatly fascinated by the limitless range of Buddhism. I found out there are many things and principles in the universe which are far beyond the scope of science. After I investigated the Shurangama Sutra, I realized Buddhism is so precise and accurate that it can't be refuted. The content of Buddhism is deep and vast. How could science be compared with Buddhism, since science limits its scope to aspects of matter and energy?
There are immeasurable Dharma doors in the Buddha's teachings. Up to now, it seems more appropriate for me to practice Chan meditation, to recite the Sutras, and to practice "contemplation & stopping." I am so fortunate to have the guidance of a Good and Wise Advisor, and to begin with the instructional talks of the Ven. Master and to start my study of Buddhism with the Shurangama Sutra. Moreover, because of the advantage of the location, I am able to borrow Buddhist books from the East Asian Library at U. C. Berkeley. And I took part in Chan Sessions, and Gwan Yin Bodhisattva Recitation Sessions at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. I encountered many different practices, and my achievements were rich and inexpressably fine.
(Editor's note:Layperson Yau Wen-hsuan is currently the
Honory Principle of the volunteer teachers at Instilling
Goodness Elementary School at Gold Mountain Sagely