I still remember the first time I visited Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Association in Taipei. I was not familiar with the place, but after some time I started liking it. That was where I met the Venerable Master. I wanted to draw closer to the Master so that I could talk with him, but the first time I had a chance to speak to the Master, I was so excited that I became tongue-tied.
Later, after I had left the home-life with the Venerable Master for some time, I realized that the Master is like a kind and compassionate father who makes me feel peaceful and secure.
The Master often urges me to “turn the darkness (yin) into brightness (yang)” because whenever I close my eyes, I see a pitch-black expanse. The Master said, “Even when your eyes are closed, you should be able to see a white expanse, colorful light, lotus flowers, or even a Buddha.” I believe it must be very rare and wonderful. In other words, if I can reach this kind of state, then my body and mind will be even more healthy.
I realize that in this life, I have had a very rare opportunity to leave the home-life with the Venerable Master. I should treasure this opportunity and work diligently. I should not just allow the time to pass in vain.