I grew up in a farming village with Christian parents. Because my health was poor and I heard that the location of my house might have something to do with it, I consulted a well-known geomancer and spent several hundred thousand dollars moving to a new house and remodeling it, but to no avail. Later I came in contact with a heterodox religion. However, I was disheartened by what I saw.
One day when I had nothing else to do, out of curiosity, I flipped through a copy of the Venerable Master's biography and talks that was lying on the table. I could not tear my eyes away from the Master's picture and his talks. After reading them, I was able to get myself oriented in the vast sea of confusion in which I had been floundering. I also found answers for many questions that I had never been able to resolve before. With deepened faith, I was convinced that the Master was the good and wise advisor I had been searching for.
When the Master came to Taiwan in 1993, my wife, son, and myself took refuge with him. I was still on medication at that time, and the Master said, "All the evil karma you created in the past can be counted as mine, but take care not to create any more in the future!" Half a year after taking refuge, I had still not visited the Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Society, because I thought it didn't matter which temple I went to, as long as it was close to home. And the temples near my home were as numerous as trees in a forest.
One day my wife and I went to the Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Society. As soon as we stepped inside, we noticed how serene, pure, and harmonious it was. The Venerable Master's Way-place is a place where people truly practice. The dignity with which the Dharma Masters observed the precepts and their ascetic lifestyle made them different from the ordinary crowd. From then on, I always attended Dharma sessions there and didn't go to other temples; it was incomparably wonderful.
Under the Dharma Masters' kind influence, my daughter who had not believed in Buddhism also took refuge with the Triple Jewel, and now all the members of our family are the Venerable Master's disciples. The disappearance of all my illnesses is proof of the twelfth and fourteenth of the eighteen great vows that the Venerable Master made out of compassion for living beings:
12. I vow to fully take upon myself all sufferings and hardships of all the living beings in the Dharma Realm. 14. I vow that all living beings who see my face or even hear my name will resolve their minds on Bodhi and soon attain Buddhahood.
The Venerable Master, forgetting himself, compassionately teaches and saves the multitudes. In order to repay the Master for his kindness, I vow to protect, support, and practice the Master's teachings in life after life.