Summer of 2000, I began my journey into Chan.
I took refuge under Chan Master Wu Jue Miao Tian in November of 2004 and honored with a Dharma Name, Jue Miao Jing Ming, or JMJM for short.
I was told later by other disciples that I was the second person in twenty-three years to receive a Dharma name on the day of taking refuge. There were less than 100 practitioners were ordained with a Dharma name out of 70,000 practitioners.
I cried, because I realized that my 30 years of earthly experience was meant to train me for my ultimate mission.
No wonder, before the initiation, I felt a strong energy came through my Root Chakra when I first sat down at the mediation center in Taiwan as well as smelled strong sandlewood incense, while my nose usually could not even smell perfume. Most interestingly, there was no incense lit at the meditation center.