Passing through the stages of my life, for a variety of reasons, caused me to realize that human life is always bound by time and space and that there is no way to transcend and get free except by cultivating as soon as possible in order to cut off the suffering of birth and death. That is the most ultimate path found in human life.
In discussing the causes and conditions of my study of Buddhism, there are probably three stages: the first stage was while I was growing up my mother would often remind us:“If you are afraid while walking on the road at night, recite Amitabha Buddha's name and Amitabha Buddha will protect you!” At that time, because I was young and had undaunted trust, I developed the habit of reciting the Buddha's name in my mind.
The second stage was when I was a student. Every day when I came home from school I would first go find my mother. But one day when I came home from school, I couldn't find my mother. A neighbor told me, “Your father took your mother to the hospital for an examination.” When I heard that I grew unbearably nervous and ran before the Buddhas. Praying, I made the vow that if the Bodhisattvas would aid my mother so there wouldn't be anything wrong with her, then I would be a vegetarian and bow to the Buddhas for the rest of my life.
The third stage came about ten years later on bright summer day when my mother bid us her last farewell. There was no way I could accept it; all I could do was to kneel before the Buddhas, weeping without tears. I prayed that if the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would welcome my mother to rebirth in the Buddha's land, I would leave the home-life and cultivate the Way in order to repay the four aspects of kindness.
Although I studied Buddhism, I still had not deeply entered it and I longed to meet a teacher who could advise me so that I could leave the complex involvements found in this Saha world. In l988, when the Master returned to Taiwan with a delegation, upon hearing the purifying Dharma he spoke, I knew that he was the understanding teacher I had been longing to find. And so, I boldly told my father how I felt and my father, honoring my wishes, agreed to allow me to walk the Great Way toward Bodhi.
I then went to the Proper Dharma Buddhist Academy, established in Taiwan by the Venerable Master, to study Buddhadharma. The next year my wish was fulfilled and I left the home-life. Not long after that, I came to the United States and progressed in my cultivation at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and the City of the Dharma Realm. Later I went to Snow Mountain for quiet practice. I've been in the United States four years already and I know for sure that my decision to leave home was absolutely correct!