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Master Jun Hong Lu’s
World Buddhist Fellowship Meeting
24 April 2016


The Buddha once said, a long time ago, there was a diligent and steadfast Bhikkhu, who was endowed with five types of supernatural powers.

Every time, he was cultivating in solitude under a tree in the mountains, he would attract a pigeon, a crow, a venomous snake and even a deer. These animals would hunt for food during the day, only to return to his side during the night. 

One night, these animals started to discuss what was considered the worst kind of suffering.

The crow said, “I think that hunger and thirst are the most unbearable. This is because they bring about a weakened physique. Not only does visibility reduce, we lose mental clarity. As a result, very often, in the midst of all these, we fall prey to the sharp blades of the hunters and walk right into their traps.”

The pigeon said, “Lust is the most tormenting. This is because amid intense sexual desire, we lose our rational mind, behave like nothing else matters and subject ourselves to multiple dangers that may potentially snatch our lives away.”

The venomous snake said, “No suffering beats hatred. The moment we give rise to the thought of harming others, all our close or distant friends are susceptible to danger. Not only is such evil intention capable of harming others, we could end up being a victim ourselves.”

The deer expressed its view and said, “Fear is the most unbearable suffering. Whenever I wander in the wilderness, my heart is filled with extreme fear, the fear of falling prey to either human hunters or leopards, wolves or tigers. The slightest noise will send me scurrying away to the riverside or hiding in the caves. In my mad rush for survival, I practically have to drop everything, including my loved ones, and run for life. In my view, fear presents the most suffering.”

Upon hearing their exchanges, the Bhikkhu said, "What you have been talking about bears little significance; none of you has truly comprehended the root of your suffering. In this world, no suffering can surpass the pain that this physical form presents us. It’s because of this body, it generates an unlimited amount of anxiety and fear.” 

This explains why I abandoned all worldly things, lead an ascetic life and exterminate all my desires, wishes and steer away from greed for the four great joys. I only have one goal in mind and, that is, to put an end to the root of my suffering so that I can reach the state of Nirvana.

This diligent Bhikkhu was one of the previous lives of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Master Jun Hong Lu's
Buddhism In Plain Terms (Radio Program)
Volume 1, Chapter 23
(An Excerpt) 


Be it performing recitation, mind cultivation or Buddhism practice, we should hold Bodhisattvas in reverence. You have to feel that you are physically in front of Buddhas with a constant sense of closeness to Them. If you often feel that you are right before Bodhisattvas, you will not dare to give rise to even a single delusive thought.
Master Jun Hong Lu’s
World Buddhist Fellowship Meeting
New York, USA
11 October 2018


Master Jun Hong Lu: As Buddhist practitioners, we know that practising Buddhism allows us to have the capability to control our mood, temperament as well as our fate and destiny.

We sympathise with those whom we see fly into a rage often, as they are just like wild horses that have lost their reins and will only cause injury to themselves.

Therefore, as Buddhist practitioners, we should not argue with others but cultivate our behaviour with diligence instead. From this, others will then have a whole new level of respect for us. In essence, this is the state of mind of Buddhas; a state where we see through the nature of things in the human realm, learn to let go and be liberated.
Guan Yin Bodhisattva tells us that compassion is the key to spiritually awakening sentient beings.
We will live a better life and be immersed in the Buddha light of the Bodhisattva when we learn to forgive others
and purify our minds.
It is impossible to keep the Bodhisattva's pure water clean if it is poured into
a contaminated cup.
Only by having a pure mind
can we be rid of all vexations.
Master Jun Hong Lu
World Buddhist Fellowship Meeting, Singapore, 22 April 2016


In this society, no matter what we do; there will always be comments and judgements from others. If you pay special attention to other people’s comments on your views and thoughts, you will develop a sense of fear in whatever you do. Thus, many people do not succeed because they developed anxieties in this way. Some people live their entire lives based on what others say or see of them. They are afraid that other people might criticise them.

Regardless of what others say, this negative mentality is making our lives very exhausting. So long as you are truly cultivating and not putting on an act, other people’s views are just passing clouds. In this way, you will become fearless and there will be no anxiety and nothing to fear.
Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk
Jakarta, Indonesia
12 Mar 2018
Master Jun Hong Lu: Do not think lightly of the little good deeds that seem insignificant because even by the falling of water drops, a water pot is filled; a man becomes filled with goodness, even if he gathers it little by little.
Master Jun Hong Lu’s
Buddhism In Plain Terms
Volume 2 Chapter 3
(An Excerpt)


Master Jun Hong Lu:
Disciples should take note that, when you offer water to Bodhisattvas, do not place empty cups on your Buddhist altar before filling with water. Instead, the cups must be filled with some water beforehand. Water cleanses away greed. When making offerings to Bodhisattvas, you must do so wholeheartedly without any hesitation. Offering water will help subdue greed, aversion, delusion and stinginess.

Water has four functions:
1. It purifies your senses. When offering water to Bodhisattvas, your mind and body feel relaxed and healthy, and your six senses are temporarily pure.

2. It tones down your personality and softens your mind. People who drink water regularly have a calm mind while those who don’t tend to lose their temper easily. It’s the same thing when you are feeling thirsty ─ your body heats up and you become easily provoked.

3. It soothes your throat and enables you to speak clearly and articulately, which sounds pleasing to the ear. Drinking water also calms the mind and enables you to think clearly.

4. It keeps your intentions wholesome and pure.
Master Jun Hong Lu's Discourse
(Question 283)
31 January 2019


Question: In the recent public talk in Kuala Lumpur, Master said, "If you have vowed to be a full vegetarian, you may confide to Guan Yin Bodhisattva every day by saying, 'I, <full name>, am already a full vegetarian'. By repeating it daily, you will accumulate merits and eliminate your karmic obstacles every single day." If that is the case, for Buddhist friends who have vowed for celibacy, and by including such vow in their daily prayers, will it enhance the elimination effect of their karmic obstacles?

Answer: Yes it will. Repeating your vows to Bodhisattva every day would strengthen your spiritual energy. When praying for the success of a specific matter, even having become a full vegetarian for five years, you may still pray to Bodhisattva by saying, "May Guan Yin Bodhisattva bless me with success of <matter prayed for>, I have vowed to be a full vegetarian."

This is because you are earning merits every single day with your consistent daily practice of vegetarianism. After all, one extra day of vegetarian meal means one less day of meat-based products. On a daily basis, practise vegetarianism, learn the dharma, perform kind deeds and nurture your compassion. You must always confide your kind deeds to Bodhisattva daily, while performing repentance of your wrongdoings.
Right thinking is more reliable than sentiment.
One who lives for the well-being of others is someone who has passion for life.
One who is compassionate, always ready to help and to awaken others spiritually is truly an enlightened individual. They will live a life full of blessings.
《心經》就是用心來和菩薩的智慧接軌, 所以《心經》是經中聖寶。
Reciting Buddhist scriptures is essentially reciting one’s heart.
Buddhist scriptures reflect
the experiences of the inner heart:
the heart is the scriptures.
The Heart Sutra connects our hearts to the wisdom of Bodhisattvas;
hence, it is the divine jewel of all scriptures.