For many years, he worked in a shipping company, and was married with two sons. But a fine family and steady job did not keep him from searching for purity. He had a hectic nine-to-five job, and rushed to drop off his children in the morning and pick them up in the evening, but he knew there was more to life than this. Shramanera Heng Yi came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas during the Water, Land, and Air Ceremony in 1992. He immediately took a liking to the lifestyle, and after five days there, he left the home-life.
Before leaving home, he always pondered the meaning of life. But Shramanera Heng Yi admits that while most people study the Dharma before leaving home, he has truly come to know the Dharma only after leaving home. Although the left-home life does have suffering, it is not far from what he imagined. He understands very well that he is searching for the truth in Buddhism.
His family is financial secure, his older son is now studying at the City, and his wife has also visited the City with their younger son. Shramanera Heng Yi hopes to influence his wife through cultivation. Since leaving home, he started to eat one meal a day and to sleep sitting up. He said, "When I get hungry, I am patient with it." The practice of sleeping sitting up is a little harder. Although he never tried out the life of cultivation before, he does not feel any weaker. In fact, he feels more energetic and less drowsy. Having left the home-life for a year now, Shramanera Heng Yi participates in all the ceremonies at the City. What he enjoys most is reciting the Avatamsaka Sutra and bowing in the Great Compassion Repentance. Not wishing for any responses, he just wants to join the assembly to attend ceremonies in the Buddha Hall, so that he can lay a firm foundation and accumulate the sustenance for cultivation.
Although the rules at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas are strict, Shramanera Heng Yi likes this kind of monastery where there is little exposure to the impurity of the outside world. He works in the Administration Office, and practices English in his spare time. He hopes that in the future there will be people with more experience to help the Venerable Master propagate the Dharma and establish good education.