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Caller: Is wealth only derived from the giving of wealth? Can we also derive wealth from the giving of dharma or fearlessness?

Master Jun Hong Lu: Generally, it is from the giving of wealth that one derives wealth. Why is it that prayer for wealth tends to be inefficacious? Wealth is generally a result of one’s deeds in his past lives.

For a prayer for wealth to come true is a long-drawn process that may take decades for you to see any returns. In other words, from the day that the seeds of wealth are planted to the day that you get to reap the reward involves a protracted period. It is unlike other types of giving such as the giving of dharma and the giving of fearlessness.

Further on the giving of wealth - generally speaking, if you do not practise Buddhism in your present life, though you may have had some wealth in your past life, if you do not pray for it in this life, you will just go with what your destiny serves you.

Caller: I understand.

Master Jun Hong Lu: On that note, if you do not practise the giving of wealth, even if you practise the giving of dharma or the giving of fearlessness, you will still not have any wealth luck whatsoever.

You gain wealth from the giving of wealth. You gain wisdom from the giving of dharma. You could also flip it around and say, “With wisdom, I can naturally make money”. However, it still involves a transformative process.

You gain strength and spiritual power from the giving of fearlessness. As you can see, they are distinctively differentiated. If you can't bear to part with money, others will never spend it on you. This is just like when you are willing to invest, you stand to reap the rewards, right?

Caller: Yes, Master. I suppose there is a correlation between wealth and the extent of giving. A poor man has nothing much to begin with and hence, as much as he would like to give, there is only so much that he can part with.

Master Jun Hong Lu: As a matter of fact, this is a form of retribution. To be poor in this life is just the karmic consequence for your lack of generosity in your past lives and hence, you have to suffer poverty in this life. This is why it is often said, “Fortune and virtue, and one needs to cultivate both fortune and wisdom”. You must understand that those who have good fortune, are in actuality endowed with merits and virtues. Having performed a multitude of kind deeds in their past lives, these people get to enjoy the fortune in this life.

This also explains why it is much easier for those with good fortune to encounter Buddhism. There is nothing to be jealous of. Those with good fortune, assuming it is in the form of wealth, if they practise giving, it’s much easier for them to receive help in their endeavours. After all, in itself, one’s wealth stems from the fortune and virtues accrued, right?

Caller: Yes.

_Source: Shuohua20130118 12:16, Master Jun Hong Lu’s radio call-in program_
Life is impermanent and the sea of suffering has no bounds. We must elevate our spiritual level, let go of our attachments, and break away.

Master Jun Hong Lu, Words of Wisdom Volume 7
Traffic accidents will become more and more frequent.

✨ Here's a method: *After leaving the house and locking the doors, think of Guan Yin Bodhisattva in your heart, then nod towards the Bodhisattva.*

In fact, when you nod, it is performing a prostration, because you are holding the key to shut the doors.

*✨ Pray to Guan Yin Bodhisattva for two safety blessings:*
*One is the safety of your home,*
*and the other for safe travel.*

_Master Lu's Dharma Talk | Sydney | 2018-02-11_
Life is impermanent and the sea of suffering has no bounds. We must elevate our spiritual level, let go of our attachments, and break away.
-Master Jun Hong Lu, Words of Wisdom Volume 7

Happiness is not defined by our wealth or our status, but by how we choose to live our lives. Only when we are not entangled in the pursuit of fame and wealth will we truly be liberated. A liberated life is a life truly worth living.
-Master Jun Hong Lu, Words of Wisdom Volume 1

人生的快乐与否、幸福与否,不在于拥有多少钱、在什么位置,而是在于怎样活着。不被人间的名利缠绕, 你的生活才会真正的解脱, 拥有解脱的生活,才会拥有真正的人生。
Being ordinary is great, being strong is long lasting, but only being compassionate is eternal.
-Master Jun Hong Lu, Words of Wisdom Volume 5


Caller: Someone said that the Winter Solstice is celebrated as a new year in the underworld. Master, can you tell us more about this?

Master Jun Hong Lu: It should be viewed as such: Right before the Lunar New Year in the human realm, the underworld will release the spirits during the Winter Solstice period. As a matter of fact, this is the season of harvest for the deceased. Hence, if you pay tributes or make offerings, the deceased are able to receive them.

_Source: Wenda20111211 28:17, Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program_

Please refer to this link for more discourses about Winter Solstice:
When you regard others as Bodhisattvas, you are a Bodhisattva too. When you view others as mean-spirited, you are mean-spirited, too.

Master Jun Hong Lu
Words of Wisdom Vol. 4

Master Jun Hong Lu: Bodhisattva said that persistence is a remarkable undertaking.

As long as our hearts resonate with that of Bodhisattvas, coupled with our unwavering perseverance and the blessings of the Buddha's power, we will never regress in our cultivation, regardless of how many difficulties we may encounter in this human realm.

Stay true to your resolutions by always reminding yourselves of the vows you made and repeat them to Bodhisattva every day. By doing so, it will strengthen your resolutions and unleash a kind of positive energy from within, which will motivate you to forge ahead and guide you to success throughout the path of cultivation.

This is what it means by ‘keeping to a beginner’s mind begets success’.

_Source: Master Jun Hong Lu’s Daily Words of Wisdom, 15 April 2021_
A great career begins small;
a great level of spirituality begins from compassion.

Master Jun Hong Lu
Words of Wisdom Vol. 8