In l986 Upasaka Liu Kuode, who comes from Malaysia, went one time to a Dharma Assembly being held at Dung-pu-two Monastery in near his home. After reciting the Amitabha Sutra he felt deeply filled with the joy of Dharma. He especially liked chanting the Incense Praise, “The incense in the censor is lit...” And the sound lingered ceaselessly in his ears.
Later he returned there to bow the “Great Compassion Repentance.” He liked the Great Compassion Mantra so much that he resolved to learn it, but he had neither a book nor a tape to study from. Not long after, he borrowed a copy of the Great Compassion Mantra and felt as if it were a real treasure. Every morning he would rise a 2 to 3 AM and begin reciting the mantra.
One day when he was seated in full lotus reciting the mantra and contemplating the appearances of Guanyin Bodhisattva, he suddenly felt as if time was flowing backwards and he saw all the things he had done in this life--image after image flashed before his eyes. He was absolutely clear about which things were right and which things were wrong and he thoroughly understand the causes and effects involved. Time rolled back to when he was twelve or thirteen years old and then the state dissolved. From then on, Upasaka Lao knew that in working for others one cannot be the least bit unclear.
In l993 he came alone to the US and decided to work as a volunteer at the Chunkang restaurant. Aside from morning and evening recitation periods, he also recited the Vajra Sutra and maintained 108 recitations of the Great Compassion Mantra every day. The time passed quickly. One day he suddenly gave rise to a demonic state and stopped doing all his practices. He didn't recite the sutras and didn't hold the mantras. He went on strike! He continued in this way for several days until one night he had a dream in which the Venerable Master said to him word by word:“ What right do you have? How can you live alone in an entire room? Get out of here. The Master pointed to the door and repeated “Get out of here.”Upasaka Liu awoke and was terrified. He returned to his practices and after that never experienced affliction about them again. After that, he heard a taped lecture of the Master's in which he said:“People with wisdom will do morning and evening recitation. People who do not do morning and evening recitation are stupid. And so he dares not be lazy when it comes to morning and evening recitation.
Upasaka Liu planned to leave home on the Master's 100th birthday, as which time the Master said he would burn his body as an offering to the Buddhas. Kuode planned to be the Master's last left-home disciple. It never occurred to him that the Master would leave early, leaving him no opportunity to shave his head under the Master in this life. And that is Upasaka Liu's deepest regret. He can only hope that next life he will have an early opportunity to leave the home-life.