Before he came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Agis Gan was a senior high school physics teacher in Malaysia. He holds diplomas in physics, education and Homoeopathic Medicine. In his opinion, physics only explains the natural laws of the world of matter, space and time. The spiritual world is beyond the scope of physics. Science cannot provide evidence about the influence of the spiritual forces of the inner hearts of living beings on the phenomena of the physical world. The Buddha Dharma explains science but science can only prove Buddha Dharma in a limited way.
Due to his devotion to the Dharma, Agis decided to resign from his teaching post and come to the Sagely City to be a student and volunteer teacher. His wife Hew Wan Yee is also a devoted Buddhist. She had no objection to his decision and brought their four children along with them. Agis explained, “am now over forty years old. I supposed that about two-thirds of my life has passed. I would like to devote myself to Buddhist work for the remaining one third of my life”.
I am deeply touched by our Venerable Master’s great spirit in overcoming all hardships to set up the schools and university, and his aim of instilling goodness and developing virtue in students." In his opinion, education is the way to build the foundation for the proper Dharma to remain in the world. Elementary, secondary and university education serve as a bridge for nurturing Buddhist workers of all ages. Furthermore, he is pleased his children are receiving education and learning Buddhism in the City. He hopes that they will be able to render some service to Buddhism in the furture.
His family became total vegetarians six years ago. He said that seven years ago, his wife suggested that they become vegetarians full-time instead of just ten days a month. He did not agree at that point, fearing that the children might not have enough nutrition. The next year, he came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to participate in the Water-Land-Air Dharma Assembly and experienced many responses. He feels the responses are states of mind reflected in the body, and not psychological illusions. When he went back to Malaysia, he agreed to let the whole family become vegetarians.
Agis is presently teaching Science, Physics and Math at the schools in the City. He hopes to build up the science classroom gradually so as to provide better scientific training for the students.