I grew up in a simple village in central Taiwan. There was a well-known ancient temple called Vairochana Chan Monastery. I did not understand much about Buddhism when I was little, however I would always visit this temple around the New Year. After I grew up, I worked in a government agency. Those days of being a junior staff member were pretty happy until I passed the promotion examination. Then everything seemed to change. The struggle for fame and benefit hurt me deeply. At that time, I happened to attend a session for reciting The Lotus Sutra held by a monastery. That was my first encounter with a real Sutra. Before that time, I had only believed in things which were based on scientific proof. When I recited to the part on the Twelve Causes and Conditions, I understood the real wonder of the Buddhadharma. It seems mysterious and yet is not mysterious; it seems unreasonable and yet none is not reasonable. From then on, I truly became a Buddhist, and recited The Lotus Sutra every day.
A colleague borrowed The Lotus Sutra with the Venerable Master's commentary from the library for me. When reading it, I felt like crying without knowing why. The explanation was so wonderful, yet I did not know where the Master was. I had only myself to blame for learning Buddhism so late. I took refuge with the Master when he came to Taiwan in 1988. In 1989, I decided to go to the City of Ten
Thousand Buddhas to cultivate. Before my departure I fell from a bicycle. I thought it a small matter. However, I had remain in Taiwan for surgery. It took a whole year and a half to recuperate. In the summer of 1990, I made preparations to go study at Dharma Realm Buddhist University in the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The night before my departure, my mother suddenly got apoplexy. I was totally stupefied. "Such cause, such effect." For karmic obstacles created in past lives, there is no one but myself to blame. When my mother got a little better at the end of the year, I came to the City. I arrived during the celebration of Amitabha Buddha's birthday. I wanted to take that opportunity to shave my head. However, when the Dharma Master asked for a letter of agreement from my parents, I could not present it. My elder brother adamantly disagreed, fearing that I would not get used to monastic life. I was so frustrated that I stopped talking about leaving the home-life.
In 1991, on the day of Guan Yin Bodhisattva's enlightenment, I went to Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Association in Taipei to attend the celebration. Overcome by a feeling that I should be returning "home," I decided to study at the Proper Buddhist Academy. Three months later, my wish to shave my head came true.
Guanshiyin Bodhisattva has always taken good care of me. The Buddha's kindness is very deep. If I don't vigorously cultivate, how can I face my parents, the Triple Jewel, and the Venerable Master?