My family are sincere believers in another religion and although they have been vegetarian for decades, they do not understand anything about the doctrines of Buddhism. They think that only people suffering from depression who wish to avoid distress and afflictions believe in Buddhism. They also feel that if a person has never done anything to be ashamed of in this life, then why should he have to believe in, be mindful of, or bow to the Buddhas? Because of their prejudiced views, they never went further to find out what Buddhism is really about.
Actually Buddhism is like a compass on the vast sea. Faith in Buddhism can increase one's wisdom and one's wholesome capabilities. The timeless principles of Buddhism are full of truths that modern-day science seeks for but fails to find. Beyond helping us gain an understanding of ourselves and a sense of self-respect, and teaching us to be polite and respectful toward others, and to treat all beings equally, the Buddhadharma is vast, deep, far-reaching; perfectly fused and unobstructed. It can enable us to attain the state of genuine physical and mental liberation and self-mastery.
Perhaps it was my older sister's influence that made it possible for me to leave the home-life. At that time she told me she was going to join a Buddhist Academy. She'd only been there for a few days when she called back home saying, “I've already left the home-life.” I went to the monastery to see her, and after staying a week I felt that the life of a left-home person was extremely pure and lofty. I felt that monastic life was an extremely practical way of life. From then on I began to truly recognize Buddhism.
After a week in the monastery, I returned to my job outside. But a great change had already taken place in my whole being. Nothing in the world could compare to the pristine and exalted Buddhadharma. It is very difficult to obtain a human life and very difficult to get the opportunity to hear the Buddhadharma. It's said “It's hard to gain a human body, but now I have it. It's difficult to get to hear the Buddhadharma but now I've heard it. If I don't save myself this life, when will I ever be able to save myself?”