My younger sister, who left the home-life with the Ven. Master Hua, brought me the oppor-tunity to listen to the Ven. Master’s Dharma. When the Ven. Master went to Taiwan in 1990, I went to Qingliang Monastery in Taichung to listen to his Dharma. After a Dharma Master told me that there was great merit in receiving the precepts on behalf of the deceased, I did it on behalf of my mother-in-law, whom I had never met. The next day, I took refuge myself. As a new Buddhist, I felt very comfortable paying homage and bowing to the Buddhas, chanting sutras and reciting mantras.
In 1995, I took daughter and son to participate in the Memorial and Cremation Ceremonies for the Ven. Master Hua. I recalled that I had been so impressed by the behavior of the students from CTTB at the Master's birthday celebration the year before.
When the Ven. Master set up the schools, he wanted to teach children to develop good character. I wished to send my children to school here, but never thought my wish would come true. In consideration of finances, family, jobs, etc. it was not an easy decision.
Later on, during the memorial ceremony of Ven. Master at the Buddha Hall, we sang the School Song of Dharma Realm Buddhist University composed by the Ven. Master: "United in our single goal, we revive the Sagely teachings..." United in our single goal, yes, but I had no talent, no money. An insignificant person, what could I contribute?
Suddenly I realized that I had three children. I vowed to do my best to accompany them as they went to school here and soaked in the Dharma water; hopefully they could find peace, light, and joy in their lives here. Although my father-in-law opposed my decision and my father also disagreed, thanks to the Buddha’s blessings, all went smoothly. My children have always called their grandpas on each Chinese holiday for the past two years. The relationship has improved. Besides that, under the influence of the Confucian and Buddhist teachings at school, my children are gradually getting rid of some unwholesome desires and habits and developing new characters. I am grateful to all the people who have helped my children. Let us say good-bye to the sorrows of yesterday and look forward to a future filled with hope.