My family is from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and I was born and raised in Taiwan. Seeing my life in retrospect, I wonder what I would be like now if I hadn’t encountered Buddhism. The Buddha said, “The Dharma-ending Age is a time when people are strong in fighting.” If we didn’t have the Buddha’s teachings to help us overcome our anger, we would certainly harm ourselves unconsciously. The year and ten-and-a-half months that I spent in the army gave me a strong impression of this.
My mother has helped me greatly in my study of Buddhism. Not only is she an excellent study companion, she has provided me with most of my information. I first learned about the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas from her.
I learned more about the City from a copy of the Venerable Master’s Instructional Talks that I found at a used books stall. I was especially touched by a talk the Master gave to students of Instilling Goodness Elementary School. I took refuge with the Master in 1992 and hoped to one day come to the City to study and practice.
Now I’ve been fortunate enough to enroll in the Laity Training Program at the City.
In my opinion, the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is a place where the Buddha’s teachings are genuinely practiced. Everyone here relies on himself or herself and tries to follow the Six Guidelines. Although I’ve always believed that devotion to a single method of practice will yield success, time is the greatest challenge. After a while, I can’t help feeling that a single method isn’t enough, and so I start looking around for novel methods to try. This is because I haven’t really applied myself to the Six Guidelines. Sometimes I become afflicted as I do the daily chores, but then when we recite the vow to “renounce our lives to the Buddha’s work” in the evening, I always feel remorseful. There are still many areas I need to work on within myself.