Greetings to Venerable Dharma Master Hua:
I'd like to take this opportunity to generally describe my thoughts and responses gained through learning Buddhism and reading your commentaries on the sutras.
People are born pure and innocent, and I was no exception. However, when I grew older, I gradually became more involved in the society, and there were some perverse cults which deeply influenced me. I could not clearly recognize what was good or bad, wholesome or evil, and proper or deviant. Unwittingly, I entered a popular path in modern society, the evil path of smoking, drinking, gambling, promiscuity, and greed. I caused problems in the family, disharmony between husband and wife, and the retribution of a sickness-ridden body for myself. In the midst of my suffering, my good friend took me to the home of Mr. Ding, a Buddhist friend.
I won't forget that day for the rest of my life. On that day, I heard Buddhadharma for the first time in my life. I came to understand the difference between good and bad, wholesome and evil, and proper and deviant. I awakened to the principle of cause and effect. Having been blind to the Dharma before, I gradually began to earnestly learn Buddhism, read sutras, and propagate the Buddhadharma. I converted my family, which had not distinguished what was evil and bad, into a Buddhist family. Family members started communicating, and the older and younger generations respected each other. Relatives, friends, and colleagues noticed that after I started learning Buddhism, I became a better person. Thus they have a proper outlook towards the Buddhadharma, and a correct understanding and recognition of the Buddhadharma that I have been propagating.
From that time on, I have persisted in practicing meditation, bowing to the Buddha, and reading sutras. I am changing my bad habits, upholding the five precepts, and vigorously learning the Buddhadharma. My body has become strong and free of sickness, and I have escaped the path of evil.
I vow to make offerings to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha in life after life. I vow to take refuge with the Buddha, and to take refuge with you, Venerable Master, and be your disciple. This is my resolve for this life. I hope the proper Dharma of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas will dwell forever, and the Dharma Wheel will always be turned. I also wish Venerable Master good health! Peace in the Dharma!
Student Xu Ming bows in respect
May 6, 1994