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An Excerpt from Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk in Hong Kong
July 2, 2016


Someone once asked me, “What is Virtue?” Let me tell you that virtue is giving others hope, in other words, imparting wisdom to others. Virtue is not an external pursuit. It originates intrinsically from our compassionate nature, which develops into selfless love for all sentient beings, with the aim of helping people in this world.

Buddhist practitioners shall sow seeds extensively in the field of merits and diligently cultivate wisdom to accomplish the true purpose of life. The cultivation of both merits and wisdom is essential in practising Dharma. This is because merits and wisdom are just like a pair of aircraft wings. An aircraft could not take off when either of its wings is absent. Therefore, a blessed man certainly possesses wisdom, while a wise man is certainly blessed. So, let’s create a true life of Dharma through the cultivation of mind, merits and wisdom.

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Master Jun Hong Lu’s
World Buddhist Fellowship Meeting
Los Angeles, USA
5 October 2018


Master Jun Hong Lu: As the saying goes, ‘great undertakings have small beginnings, and difficult tasks are tackled from where it is easy’. After all, even a large tree has the origins of a small sapling; a high platform is constructed piece by piece; and walking a thousand miles would not be possible without that first step forward.

Indeed, all who have accomplished great undertakings did so bit by bit. Hence, do not refuse to do something because you perceive it to be insignificant as the accumulation of these acts can give rise to something important.

In any domain, as long as you persist in putting ten thousand hours of deliberate practice, you could become an expert regardless of the field. Likewise for Buddhism studies, it is our daily recitation and spiritual cultivation that forms the foundation of Buddhahood.

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Master Jun Hong Lu’s
Public Talk in Malacca 20160816


The journey of life is impermanent, so is life and death. A person should not live by mere luck. It is often mentioned in Buddhist sutra, “there are tens of thousands of calamities”, one would expect insurmountable calamities in a lifetime. Only a person who performs acts of kindness and accumulates merits, are able to evade these adversities. As indicated in the traditional Chinese culture “a single act of kindness is able to eliminate hundreds of calamities”.

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(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)


Caller: How can young dharma followers cultivate a steady composure?

Master Ju Hong Lu: How can Buddhist practitioners cultivate a steady composure? It is through observing the precepts. What is the Buddhist study of ‘Precepts, Concentration and Wisdom’ about? How is ‘Concentration’ in this study derived? It is derived through observing the precepts. A person who fails to observe the precepts will not be able to settle down and calm his mind. Observing the precepts means going through numerous sufferings where we practise restraint and speak no evil, hear no evil and do no evil. Once we understand this rationale, when we are asked to perform a task, we make sure that we do our best. Through that, we gradually move towards the observation of the precepts. We improve on our composure, when we refrain from doing what we shouldn’t. As a result, these life's struggles we experienced have made us knowledgeable and composed. Do you understand?

Caller: Thank you Master. In that case, may we specially make a vow to Bodhisattva to recite the _Heart Sutra_ to target the issue of cultivating a steady composure?

Master Lu Jun Hong: Yes, you may do so. In fact, when you are strict in observing the precepts, composure comes naturally. On the other hand, when your spiritual cultivation is subpar, achieving composure will be out of the question.
Hence, people who do things in a sure and steady manner unmistakably possess many years of experience and they developed a personality where they either get very serious in their endeavours or would otherwise rather not do it at all.

Caller: Yes, Master Lu.

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Master Jun Hong Lu’s
Public Talk
Tokyo, Japan
8 October, 2016


We know that we should not waste our lives away and here are four things in particular that we should not dwell on:

Number 1: Our worries. Worries are an absolute waste of our lives. To worry is to make things difficult for ourselves. Why get anxious over problems that we are unable to resolve? As a result, you get tensed up and fatigued physically and mentally. Consequently, you will fall ill.

Number 2: Do not waste your time complaining. Please remember, all unnecessary complaints will only keep you away from happiness. Complaints are downright useless, and serve no purpose in extricating you from predicament of life.

Number 3: Do not waste time blaming others. When a problem arises, to blame others will only bring about bitterness and unhappiness thereafter. To blame the circumstances when things are not in your favour is a negative and passive attitude of life. From the Buddhist perspective, this is known as negative energy; and a mentality lacking self-confidence and the ability to undertake responsibilities.

Number 4: Do not compare with others, as it is an utter waste of time. The more you compare, the unhappier you will be. Being joyful and happy are personal feelings. They are not derived from our comparison with others.

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Master Jun Hong Lu’s
World Buddhist Fellowship Meeting
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
28 December 2018


Master Jun Hong Lu: As the traditional Chinese saying goes, ‘There is no calamity greater than to be discontented with one's lot; no fault greater than the longing for desires. Therefore, when one is gratified by contentment, true contentment can then long endure.’

In other words, man’s greatest mistake lies in their discontentment, living eternally amidst desires and believing that what they have is never enough to be satisfied. Conversely, man’s greatest source of happiness can actually be found when they learn to be content.

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Words of Wisdom by Master Junhong Lu, 13 December 2015


A wise person will always use his spare time to work on his own future. For example, we should spend every bit of spare time we’ve got reciting sutras to protect ourselves from getting sick in the future, just as we spend our spare time exercising to stay healthy.

To acquire sustainable spiritual strength and success, we must use all our time to do what is necessary.

In every era, there are a great number of Bodhisattvas who have succeeded in their cultivation. The secret to their success is, when other people are indulging themselves in world enjoyments, they are quietly cultivating themselves, helping people realise the importance of spirituality, and giving a hand to those in need. When other people still cannot see through the true face of the world, those who want to be Bodhisattvas have already gained insights into the true meaning of life. Therefore, when others begin to suffer and think it is about time to start searching for what truly matters in life, those aspirers have already succeeded in their cultivation, becoming Bodhisattvas!

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