When Wayne Chen was a sixth grader in Taiwan, he represented Nan Men Primary School upon the President's invitation to visit the President and tour the President's Office on Children's Day. As his parents are disciples of the Venerable Master Hua, he came to study at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas at the age of fourteen with his sister, and has been here for five years.
He is currently a student of excellent character and scholarship at Developing Virtue High School. He remembers that when he was new at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, he had a hard time adjusting to its monastic regulations. Over the years, he has adapted to life in the dormitory, which resembles a small blasting furnace. He has learned to be both independent and obedient. With his leadership skill and outstanding character, he influences his peers to take care of one another. He is also concerned and patient in attending to the daily needs of his juniors.
Wayne is keen in basketball and soccer. He organized a basketball team which entered competition with other schools. As a team leader he is never discouraged by failure, and this year his basketball team emerged as the champion. When he is not engaged in school activities, he volunteers at the Ukiah Hospital, the Mendocino Red Cross Society, and other public welfare organizations. He is preparing to major in medicine in college, minor in Chinese literature or Eastern philosophy, and do research on the ways in which Buddhism and science validate one another.
He expressed earnestly that having studied in such a wholesome environment as the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, the greatest benefit he has received has been learning to have a proper outlook on life. He has found the purpose of life and the way to be a noble person. This is more important than studying at a famous university or having a good job.
Finally, Wayne concluded, "I have benefitted greatly from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. In the future, how shall I pass this benefit on to others? This is what I must work hard on."