Ever since I was little, I have been timid and passive. In order to escape trouble and afflictions, I would sleep even during the day. I considered my lifestyle relaxed and fortunate, but reading the Master’s Dharma talks woke me up from my great dream. The Master said, “If you don’t try to be a good person, your spiritual nature will decrease until you eventually become an insentient plant. On the other hand, if you swiftly resolve your mind on Bodhi and work hard in cultivation, you can return to your original home. Once you become a plant, it will be difficult to cultivate. Then it will be too late for regret!”
I was born into a poor family and received little education. Every word of the Master’s talks is a gem to me. Every line strikes a chord in my mind, like the bells and drums that sound at dawn and dusk in the temple. After lingering at the threshold of the hells for forty years, I have finally woken up. I am filled with gratitude for the sweet dew that has moistened the parched ground of my mind. I finally realized that I had to leave the non-Buddhist religion I’d believed in for over twenty years. That religion taught that eating eggs is all right, but I wanted to stop killing altogether. I wanted my family of five to take refuge with orthodox Buddhism. They all agreed to worship the Buddha and to bow in repentance every morning and evening. We prayed to the Master’s picture, “May we soon take refuge with the proper Dharma, return to the Master’s side, and practice in accord with the Six Guiding Principles of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas: no fighting, no greed, no seeking, no selfishness, no self-benefiting, and no lying.” We bowed to the Master’s picture even though we had not met him.
In less than six months, our wish came true. We took the three refuges and five precepts from the Master, and we moved to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. From this, we concluded that sincerity brings aid from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Now my husband, younger son, and daughter have resolved to leave the home-life, while my elder son and I have grown in wisdom the way a young shoot grows into a big tree. I no longer try to avoid trouble by sleeping. I believe firmly in the proper Dharma and accord with the Master’s teaching, “Each day that I fail to recognize my faults is a day of self-complacence. Each day that I have not changed my faults is a day without self-improvement.” It’s a wonderful way to balance the body and mind. With deep faith, one will see wonders!