(Editor's Note: Among the volunteer teachers who arrived recently at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Lee Chywan-syi has the most teaching experience. A graduate of the Chinese Department of Tamkang University and the Master's program in Education at the Graduate School of National Cheng Chih University, he has been teaching for over thirty years at various schools: the Junior High Schools of Shu lin and Chung Shan, the Yu Da Technology and Chin Wen Commerce Schools at Tamkang. After he learned that the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas sought volunteer teachers, he decided to contribute his teaching talents. The following is a statement of his resolve.)
In the winter of 1982, over ten students in our school were injured and had to be sent to a hospital for treatment, because some teachers failed to follow the rules. Since I was the person in charge, unavoidably, I was accused of the error; even though it was not my fault, I felt very bitter and sad. Right then, a colleague who was a devout Buddhist gave me a copy of the Great Compassion Mantra. She told me that if I read it sincerely and single-mindedly, my students would naturally become compliant and obedient. This was the source of my initial affinity with Buddhism, and later on, my entire family took refuge with the Triple Jewel.
Afterwards in class, I frequently explained and discussed the fundamentals of Buddhism and its concepts and doctrines that I read in Buddhist books and Sutras.
Three years ago, I was driving a car with two Buddhist friends on a pilgrimage to Da Sying Shan Sz (Great Flourishing of Goodness Monastery) at the town of Tung Lwo in Taiwan. On the way back on the freeway, a bus hit a pick-up truck, while I was driving right just a few feet behind. I thought I was finished this time and recited the name of Amitabha Buddha in my mind without stop. As a result I escaped from disaster and avoided a fatal mishap.
Ever since then I have been propagating the Dharma more diligently and perhaps all my new students have an affinity in Buddhism with this teacher !