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怜悯 ~甫出世就患上先天性的心脏顽疾,

感动 ~ 不暗中文的越南藉母亲,突破种族文化籓篱,

坚定~ 危难当前,坚信观世音菩萨闻声救苦的坚定信念,

和勤念小房子,将眼前的危机一 一 化解!

奇迹 ~ 纵使面对种种苦难,




Inspirational Stories 054

Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva! Deepest gratitude to Dharma Defenders!

I would like to share with everyone about my grandmother’s inspirational experience during her practice of the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. My grandmother could have died three years ago when she had a dream that she was grabbed away by her karmic creditors. But at that time, she said to them that she had not brought the Buddhist scriptures she read with her. As a result, her karmic creditors let her go. After she woke up, she told this to my grandpa and my aunt. Grandpa said that she could not burn the Buddhist scriptures she read; otherwise her karmic creditors would take her away. All we could do was to pray to Guan Yin Bodhisattva for extending my grandma’s life. In the past three years, my grandma follows the ‘Triple Gems’ (reciting scriptures, making vows and performing life liberation) and she is still well. But during these times, she experienced many difficulties and Guan Yin Bodhisattva helped her to get through all of them. After the Hungry Ghost Festival this year, on the 18th day of the 7th lunar month, my grandma suddenly lost the ability to speak while she was reciting Little Houses. Then my grandpa and my aunt burned the Little Houses my grandma had read and after a while, she started to speak.

On the next day, my grandma could not speak again. My aunt immediately prayed to Guan Yin Bodhisattva and recited 49 times Heart Sutra for my grandma, after which my grandma regained the ability to speak. My aunt was very impressed by the amazing power of the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. My whole family would commit ourselves to practicing the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and to cultivating ourselves for the rest of our life! We would also like to propagate Buddhism to help more people to gain happiness and wisdom under Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s love and mercifulness.

Again, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Dharma Protectors and all followers!






Inspirational Stories 068 Practicing Guan Yin Citta makes a world of difference

I had just heard of a story regarding a lady with severe depression. She is now mentally ill and has become violent after experiencing heartbreak from a previous relationship.

I was shocked as I noticed that I was in the same position several years ago. Had I not been introduced to Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and Master Lu, I would still be committing the same wrongdoings as I had several years ago – killing, sexual misconduct, drinking, clubbing, wasting time, being selfish, lying, hurting others’ feelings, etc. The worst part of it was that I thought of myself as a kind-hearted person in spite of committing all those wrongdoings on a daily basis. I think it is because I was surrounded by people who also partook in those activities back then.

If the negative karma due to our past mistakes is activated, even if we could come through disasters unscathed physically, we would still suffer mentally. However, by practicing Buddhism and understanding its philosophy, we will know how to avoid our misfortunes. I was so fortunate that Guan Yin Bodhisattva guided me towards the right path. I started following Master Lu’s Buddhist practice—Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. I listen to Master Lu’s radio programs and read his book Buddhism in Plain Termsevery day. Master Lu’s words of wisdom broaden my knowledge and enrich my spiritual life. I also recite Buddhist scriptures, perform life liberations, help others, spread Buddhism and try very hard to discipline myself so I could reduce my karmic debts. I feel like I am given a new lease on life. I have also become more mindful about my thoughts. Because now I understand that a wholesome thought could take you to heaven right in that instant, whereas an unwholesome thought could lead you to hell.

I am very grateful to Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and Guan Yin Bodhisattva who has never given up on me. I am very grateful for everything that I have now – a joyful life, a kind-hearted husband, a successful career, a healthy body and a harmonious family. I know from the bottom of my heart that it’s Guan Yin Bodhisattva that grants me all these things. If I did not practice Buddhism, I would have ended up in the same state as the lady I mentioned earlier. I also know that Guan Yin Bodhisattva answered my prayers because she would like me to practice Buddhism well, and to help more people who suffer. I will not indulge myself and take comfort. Neither will I slacken my efforts. Think about it: Two similar people in similar situations, but practicing Guan Yin Citta makes a world of difference! I cannot express how thankful I am to the people who introduced me to Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door!

I vow that I will try to help as many people as I can by introducing them to Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. I also call upon people who are practicing Buddhism: Please spare a thought for those who suffer due to their unknowingly committing negative karmas. Do all you can to reach out to them and help them be free from suffering by practicing Buddhism!


Difference between good deed and virtue

Many of us are familiar with the saying, “what goes around comes around”. This is equally true from the perspective of Buddhism. Good deeds and good beliefs refer to benevolent actions and compassionate thoughts. Each of these is recorded, and when the time is right – positive karmic rewards will result. Similarly, evil actions and thoughts are also recorded, and the negative karma or punishments are never missed. However, the positive karma from benevolent actions and compassionate thoughts cannot counteract the negative karma from evil actions and thoughts. In other words, if a person has performed many good deeds, but at the same time has also committed a serious sin – this person will receive positive karma but also cannot escape from the negative karma. This explains why sometimes someone who is widely considered to be a good person can end up suffering in hell when s/he passes away.

Virtue is a profoundly emphasised element in Buddhism. What is virtue, and what is the purpose of accumulating virtues? Virtues are in fact benevolent actions and compassionate thoughts. However, vows need to be made in front of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for these benevolent actions and compassionate thoughts to become virtues. If vows have not been taken, or the mind has not been brought forth[1] to perform benevolent actions and to have compassionate thoughts, they will merely remain at the level of self-expression, regardless of whether they were self-motivated or influenced by Buddhism. For example, a person has been vegetarian for many years but he has never made a vow in front of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to be vegetarian. Even if he remains vegetarian for ten years, it would merely be considered as his preference. It is therefore important to make vows in front the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to commit yourself to perform benevolent actions, including helping others, making donations, volunteering, etc. In fact, even actions such as displaying filial piety and being kind to siblings should also be taken as vows or as mind to be brought forth in front of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In Buddhist temples, where Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are given offerings (including the shrine where Guan Yin Bodhisattva is worshipped), every benevolent action you perform is automatically considered as a virtue and no further vows are required. Benevolent actions and compassionate thoughts are only transformed into virtue when they are witnessed by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, just like asking a JP to certify a document before it is considered to be legitimate.

So what is the purpose of accumulating virtues? We are all familiar with the danger of negative karma – they are hidden in our Alaya consciousness like viruses hidden in a computer. When the time comes, they are activated as spirits that take actions on humans. This is why some people can suddenly go from good health to suffering from a terminal illness, being involved in a fatal accident, or experiencing calamity. For some people, their negative karma is so severe that their entire life is not smooth – their complexion is dull, and they complain about everything. If a person commits sins or kills other living beings, but his positive karmic rewards have not yet finished – then the evil actions or thoughts will be transformed into negative karma and stored in the Alaya consciousness. The Alaya consciousness is the eighth consciousness in our eight consciousnesses. It is the fundamental consciousness. There are innumerable seeds stored within this consciousness, which can lead people to perform benevolent or evil actions (mainly by targeting the thought process). Only virtue can enter and counteract the negative karma stored in the Alaya consciousness, and therefore cease the negative karma. This is what “The body is a Bodhi tree, the mind is like a bright mirror stand. Time and again brush it clean, and let no dust alight” means – that we need to use our virtue to clean the dust in our mind.

One of the most important purposes for accumulating virtues is to counteract and cease negative karma, which is the first task for every Buddhist cultivator. Only when the negative karma is ceased, that your mind can be purified, your wisdom can be obtained, and enlightenment can then be possible.
The incredible power of diligent recitation

Master Jun Hong Lu, President of Australia Oriental Radio, Explains The Basics of Metaphysics (Part I)

Most of my listeners would not be able to pick me out from a crowd in the street, but they can tell me apart, once I talk.

First of all, I would like to thank my listeners who have followed me for 8 years. Every time I see you, my heart finds a way to a warm embrace. Please allow me to wish you good health, good luck and prosperity.

When many of my listeners meet me in person they always say, “Master Lu, your voice sounds fairly mature, like an aged person, but you are in fact a person of great vitality.” Often I rely on sutra chanting, or meditation to relax and replenish energy. I often perform “Totem enquiry” during a radio program. Then what is a “Totem”? When a person is born, he/she has a corresponding image in Heaven. For Chinese people, this image is the Chinese zodiac. For example, if you were born in the Year of the Pig your totem would be in the form of a pig. Likewise, a “rooster” will have a rooster totem. The Western zodiac basically has the same idea. There are totems in Heaven and there are records of names in the Underworld. The reading from totem enquiry is generally very accurate; however, the key is how it is interpreted.

The Chinese philosophy of “Yin and Yang” and the “The eight trigrams” have been compiled into a genetic code which can be deciphered by the Chinese as the ancient eight trigrams. Speaking about science just for a moment, the LCD screen was developed from Chinese Hexagrams[1]. I will not dwell too much on trivia and the only reason I raise this is that, scientists and people of faith have specifically debated the matter of metaphysics. Today, I firstly want to talk about a debate in the United States in which an astronomer said, “I have been looking at the sky my whole life, and stars and the Moon were all I saw. I have never seen God, angels, or the Buddha; therefore I do not believe that these things exist.” A person of faith then stood and asked the scientist, “Sir, have you seen the wind? Have you seen electricity?” To which the scientist replied, “No, I have not.” “But you believe they exist?” asked the religious person. “Yes I do.” responded the scientist. “Every day we use electricity and every day we encounter the wind”. The religious person then asked, “Then before Thomas Edison discovered it, did electricity not exist?” Another man of science then stood and said, “I would like to ask a question. I am a surgeon and have performed operations for my whole life and have never seen a soul and I do not believe it exists.” To which the religious person replied, “Doctor, do you love your wife?” “Yes, of course, I love her very much.” said the doctor. “Then, can you show me this love?” the religious person then asked. “Can you operate on your body and show us just how much you love her?” This cannot be shown.

Many listeners know my transcendental power and come to me for totem enquiry. If you do not believe in the totem however, it would be of no use to you. It is like making friends. Friends would only help each other with mutual trust. The totem is the same. If you do not wholeheartedly believe in it, the totem would be of no use to you. I have told many of my listeners that my unique ability was a gift from the Bodhisattva. If you practice Buddhism properly, one day you too may be able to see the totem, and then I will no longer be unique, because when you can see what I can see, you will know the totem truly exits. Do not just because something has not been discovered then you think it does not exist. Please think about this. Can you really deny the existence of the things you cannot see? Your intuition plays an important role in understanding this. For instance, when you first meet a person, you may not feel like interacting further with him/her and may even find the person annoying after a few exchanges of greetings. Why is this? It is because you sense a disagreeable energy field or vibe being projected by the person. Your unwillingness to associate with this person further is due to these negative energy fields.

I want to talk now about why there are Yin and Yang in the world. This is actually very simple. The Sun belongs to Yang and the Moon belongs to Yin. Men belong to Yang and women belong to Yin. Why is there sometimes a disharmony of Yin and Yang? What is the consequence of the discord? When a woman’s Yang overshadows her Yin, her personality leans towards that of a man’s. She appears determined while dealing with issues, including those at home. If the husband and the wife both have too much Yang, there are often conflict and quarrels at home. On the other hand, a woman with too much Yin often feels unwell, unhappy and talks weakly. While a man with too much Yin appears inferior and incapable of making decisions. In another words, his Yin is greater than his Yang. A family of two people with overpowering Yin can neither be decisive enough to resolve any matters, nor work together towards a solution. By maintaining an appropriate balance of Yin and Yang we can continue to improve our lives on Earth. This makes the balance of Yin and Yang important. In South Korea they also have the “The eight trigrams”, which is about Yin and Yang. Therefore, Yin and Yang need to be properly regulated.

Now I would like to talk about the reversal of Yin and Yang. Do you know whether money is of the Yin or of the Yang energy? The answer is that, money belongs to the Yin energy. In fact, everything that belongs to Yin needs to be covered. No one hangs up his money on the balcony. Money is kept in the safe, a wallet or pocket. Anything that belongs to Yin should not be exposed frequently as it can lead to troubles. For example, a person goes shopping with a thick roll of 100 dollar bills in his pocket and takes all the bills out at the cash register and hands over only a few. Everyone around looks at him and a few of them may even stalk him. Robbery may even occur. Understand? This is the difference between Yin and Yang. These days people even reverse them. A simple example is sleeping during the day and staying up at night. Traditional Chinese herbalists advocate that human organs require rest at night. A person with a reversed sleeping pattern causes illness to his organs.

Also I would like to talk about what metaphysics is. It includes fortune telling by “The Eight Characters of Birth Time”, fortune telling by feeling bones, Feng-shui, dream interpretation, face reading, palm reading and foot reading. My radio program “Fate, Fortune and Feng-shui” has been running for many, like eight, years. I have a question for you. What percentage of a person’s life does fate influence? Does anyone here know the answer? Yes, it is 40%. Let’s say a person’s entire life is 100%. Fate only controls 40% of it. The second part is fortune. Fortune controls another 40% of your life. Many (Chinese) people take their children to see a fortune teller and have been told that the child is very good. When the child grows up, he will be very fortunate and become somebody. So when the child indeed grows up, does he become rich and fortunate as predicted? If not, then it is because fate is predetermined, but fortune is subject to change. If fortune moves to a great extent, it can affect fate. For instance, your fate is said to be very good over the next 5 years. But whether this is true will depend upon the interaction between fate and fortune, each of which account for 40% of your life. Although your fate may be very good, if you do a bad thing, your fortune may go against you. The 40% bad fortune will then overshadow the 40% fate. What matters now is Feng-shui, which accounts for the remaining 20%. When fortune and fate offset each other, Feng-shui plays a major role, at home or at work. Please note this, Feng-shui is very important but you should rely on fate and fortune first and foremost. The most flexible of these three is fortune, followed by Feng-shui. Most people only consider Feng-shui, which accounts for only 20%, but never consider changing their fortune. Fate and fortune go together. If you want to change your life, remember that fate is fixed but fortune is subject to change.

Marriage affects both fate and fortune. A person may be predicted to have a smooth life in the future, but his/her marriage can change this. How so? It is because marriage combines the fates of the spouses. If a man should have a good life, but his wife’s fate is bad. Once married his life would start to go downhill. On the other hand if a man is fated to be unfortunate, but his wife’s fate is very good, their marriage can improve her husband’s fate. You see, a woman’s fate or fortune can change her husband’s fortune. So finding a spouse is very important. You should be very careful because a good marriage can benefit you. In the old days, marriage was arranged by parents and matchmakers. Although there was no freedom, all parents would have checked the combined fate of the young couple by looking up‘The Eight Characters of Birth Time’which foretells the feasibility of the potential marriage. That is why divorce was relatively rare in the old days. Of course, it also has something to do with the social customs back in those days. Nowadays there are many “love at first sight”. Young couples get divorced as fast as they get married. This is the perplexing conflict. In a world that focuses so much on development and science, how to resolve these issues is no doubt very important.
Recitation and cultivation of merits are both equally important.

[(修行很容易修到人天福报, 修心的人得到的福报以后可以上天)]

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