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Master Jun Hong Lu: “To be born as a human is as rare as the chances of a blind turtle popping its head through the hole in the drifting yoke as it rises to the ocean surface for air once in a hundred years” (盲龟值木).

Therefore, we must cherish life; make use of this illusory world for true cultivation; devote ourselves, both body and mind and go beyond ordinary people and reach the realm of sages – only then we are able to witness our own Buddha-nature.

Source: _Master Jun Hong Lu’s Daily Words of Wisdom_,
_15 March 2021_, _An Excerpt_

Master Jun Hong Lu: In this world, we would have to carry the weight of what we have gained. It is because, for all that we have gained, it is inevitable that we will have to bear the misery of losing it one day. Just like a coin has two sides, there is a positive and negative side to everything in life. Wherever there is a cause, there will be an effect. Everything we do has consequences.

As humans, we should not “pursue suffering”. When we fail to gain what we pursue, suffering will set in. Buddhist practitioners should understand that “a contented mind is a perpetual feast."

_Source: Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk, Toronto, USA, 5 September 2016_

Master Jun Hong Lu:
Buddhist practitioners should recite more of the _Heart Sutra_ as a means to regulate their body and mind, and to ‘illuminate and see the emptiness of the Five Aggregates’.

The _Heart Sutra_ is essentially a condensed version of the _Diamond Sutra_, with great wisdom embedded in every character of the _Heart Sutra_ and thus, it is important to be mindful when reciting each of these words.

The verse ‘form is emptiness, emptiness is form’ refers to the cycle of rebirth, which essentially urges us not to dwell on things in life. If you know that what is not in your possession now will be yours in the future, and what you own now will be lost over time, will you still be sad? Don’t you think this is what wisdom is about?

_Source: Master Jun Hong Lu’s Discourse, Guan Yin Hall, Sydney, Australia, 7 July 2020_

Master Jun Hong Lu: The ingenious secret of the _Heart Sutra_ lies in using the mind to overcome the impurities and unwholesomeness within.

Many people say, “My heart has been so deeply wounded and there is no way that anyone can soothe my broken heart.” In reality, the _Heart Sutra_ is able to heal your wound because it will essentially help you gain realisation so that you are able to see through the reality of things.

_Source: Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhism In Plain Terms (Radio Program), 1 April 2017_
Being ordinary is great,
being strong is long lasting,
but only being compassionate is eternal.

Master Jun Hong Lu
Words of Wisdom Vol. 5


Master Jun Hong Lu's
Buddhism In Plain Terms (Radio Program)
Volume 2 Chapter 24
(An Excerpt)


Master Jun Hong Lu: In the course of practising Buddhism, we are bound to deliberate over certain issues such as how we should pray to Buddhas and perform our recitations.

There are times when we are at a loss. As a matter of fact, there are four methods for more effective recitations.

The first method is to recite continuously by setting your eyes on the Buddhist scriptures.

The second method involves an image visualisation. In this case, you gaze at either Guan Yin Bodhisattva or any Bodhisattva, while performing your recitation.

The third method involves gazing at Bodhisattvas, and at the same time, you envision yourself as a Bodhisattva out there helping others and performing the work of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In your mind, you deliberate on how you would go about doing this noble work. For this, Bodhisattvas will bestow you with a lot of blessings.

Many people always have Guan Yin Bodhisattva close to their heart, while performing their recitations. By doing so, the efficacy of their recitation will be far better than those who don’t do so.

What does it mean by ‘embracing the mantra’? It means, when you are reciting the Great Compassion Mantra, you tell yourself, “Today, I shall focus on reciting the Great Compassion Mantra” and during your recitation, you let the mantra dwell in your mind.

The fourth method involves understanding the ultimate reality or true nature of this world to achieve the state of ‘undisturbed one-mindedness’.

You may say, “I, <full name>, am sitting right here and am now truly performing my recitation and meditation.”

Your true understanding of the nature of this world prompts you to perform the recitation, enabling you to achieve a state of ‘undisturbed one-mindedness’. This is made possible by your awareness that all phenomena, be it good or bad, are the result of the law of causality.

These four methods of recitation are intended to help keep your mind focused during your recitation.

Caller: How are you Master? Nowadays, the majority of us are aware that most things in life are predetermined.

One example is when the Buddha attained enlightenment during His time, it was also at a predetermined time and moment. The same goes for the things that we pray for or do – when conditions are right, success will follow naturally. This makes some of us worry because despite having done our best in our spiritual cultivation, there remain a lot of obstacles that we need to overcome. In this context, I would like to seek Master’s advice.

Master Jun Hong Lu: You must constantly race against time. Never slack, don’t waste your time and do your utmost so that you will succeed on this spiritual path. There is no two-ways about it.

Every minute and second that you do not squander will grant you the time needed for your spiritual cultivation and Buddhism practice. If you are still watching movies, even if it is for a few minutes, it is considered a waste of time. It’s as simple as that.

Take a look at the monastics in the temple and see how they spend their 24 hours cultivating. If you continue to remain the way you are, do you think it is even possible for you to become a Bodhisattva? Even the monastics may not have such attainment, let alone you.

_Source: Wenda20200906 01:25:23 (Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)_

Master Jun Hong Lu: The Buddha once said that human life is fraught with suffering, but do you know the root cause of human suffering?

The Buddha says, “Desire is the root of all suffering”. Where is suffering if there is no desire?

On that note, covetousness is a sign of the greed syndrome. A greedy person, who is never content, will gradually degenerate and descend to a low state of mind.

An eminent monk once used the act of drinking salt water as a metaphor to depict the vicious cycle of human greed – the more salt water you drink, the saltier you taste, which drives you to drink even more.

_Source: Master Jun Hong Lu's Buddhism In Plain Terms, Episode 25, 28 March 2020_

Master Jun Hong Lu: Someone asked Lord Buddha, “As human, how do we prevent our single drop of water from ever drying up, especially when it tend to evaporate even more rapidly under the sun”. Lord Buddha replied, “To prevent this drop of water from drying up, we will have to put it into the river, lake or sea”. Similarly, when we are able to unite our heart with those of sentient beings, we are able to rise above the many obstacles in life and resolve its many grievances.

_Source: Master Jun Hong Lu’s World Buddhist Fellowship Meeting, Malacca, Malaysia, 19 August 2016_

Master Jun Hong Lu: “If you wish to receive help from others, you must first offer help to others; if you wish to be loved by others, you must first love others; if you wish to gain benefits, you must first let others gain benefits from you; a tolerant person is able to transform a foe to a friend. There are two things that you must learn to endure in life - one is to learn to endure hardships, and the other, which is more important, is to learn to take the short end of the stick.”

_Source: Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk, Melbourne, Australia, 20 November 2016_