All Buddhas of the ten directions, the Abbot, Dharma Masters, all the Bodhisattva-volunteers in this Wayplace, and all Bodhisattva- participants in this Dharma assembly: Good evening. Amitabha.
My name is Wu-Hu Yang. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1947. I came here with my mother and my sister, who came to attend the Ten Thousand Buddhas Jeweled Repentance. This is my first trip to the United States. Initially, I came to do some sight-seeing and visit my relatives. Dharma Master Heng Chiang is my brother and we have not seen each other for eight years.
I never thought that the Venerable Master would arrange things this way. Originally I was only going to stay here for two or three days. To my surprise, I was drawn to this repentance ceremony and decided to stay on. Why was it so appealing to the point that I had to stay? There are at least three reasons.
First of all, this place is so beautiful and special. The Sagely City is very unique. It's clean and scenic, peaceful and serene. I've been to several other countries and there is nothing like this. The fresh flowers are magnificent; I feel as if I am in the Western Pure Land.
Secondly, I feel the style of practice here is very special. The tradition at the Sagely City is one of a kind. Based on the Six Guiding Principles and three great principles, the lifestyle is austere and worth emulating.
The third reason has to do with the abbot. He didn't want me to talk about it, but I think it's worth mentioning. The abbot is very generous; I don't know how to describe it. Why do I admire him so much? Because from the day we started on the evening of April 4 until this afternoon, he has continuously led and supervised everyone including those leading the ceremonies, the Dharma Masters, and the assembly. His patience and hard work are very admirable.
The style and diligence of the Dharma Masters who live at the Sagely City, as well as the virtuous practices of the lay Bodhisattvas who protect the Way-place, are very admirable and praiseworthy.
When I first arrived, I thought that I would only stay for a short while. My mother is not feeling well so she needs to rest a little bit. Actually, I stayed because the more I bowed the more I felt the joy of the Dharma. Day after day, the happiness I experienced from this Dharma has built up and I couldn't bear to leave. Day after day.. .it's incredible that it's already the end of the session. I surprised myself to the point that it's truly shocking and inconceivable. This is the wonderful arrangement made by the Venerable Master and the Buddhas.
I'm going to talk about my feelings and experience in bowing. Due to the happiness I obtained from the Dharma with each passing day, I didn't want to leave. Originally, I came to the United States looking forward to touring the country, but I ended up being very sincere and concentrated in bowing to the Buddha with a pure mind. Before bowing to the Buddha, I was in a state of confusion and fear. I was nervous. I never imagined that I would change so much after attending the repentance. Due to my concentrated bowing, my previous worries have been replaced by serenity and calm. Everything I see is beautiful and perfect. When I encounter other people, I feel a natural sense of respect. I've become dignified, prudent, compassionate, and amiable, and am completely unpretentious and sincere in dealing with people and matters, all due to the merit and virtue of the repentance session.
My feelings can be expressed by a verse: The joy of Dharma spreads throughout my whole body; When one is happy and at ease, the Dharma will manifest by itself.
Finally, I'd like to praise this repentance session. The success of this session is all due to the Venerable Master, the volunteers, and everyone's combined efforts. As my mother said before, "When you return home, you should tell everyone in your household and all your neighbors about how great the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is and encourage them to go here."
I'm going to make transference to all beings of the Dharma Realm so that they can eradicate all karmic offenses, start cultivating vigorously, quickly become Bodhisattvas, and attain the Buddha's Path. Amitabha.
To be continued