菩提之路 慈悲之行 ——恩师卢军宏涅槃一周年纪念
Path to Enlightenment, Acts of Compassion: In Commemoration of the First Anniversary of Master Jun Hong Lu Entering Nirvana
Twenty years of Dharma propagation for the wellbeing of sentient beings;
Sacrificing his life to promote Mahayana Buddhism.
His compassion and wondrous teachings awaken us to the truth of the Buddha-dharma, illuminating the hearts of sentient beings.
Master Jun Hong Lu was born in 1959 into a Shanghai family steeped in culture and art. It is a family of status and intellect. He was raised in a family environment rich in culture and Buddhism. Due to his father's Buddhist affinity, Master Lu had the chance to be taught by esteemed and greatly virtuous monastics and lay practitioners. A strong affinity for Buddhism thus took root in his heart, so did a deep foundation for traditional culture.
After arriving in Australia in 1989, the compassionate Master Lu had been visiting nursing homes to feed the lonely elderly over many years, rain or shine. In 1997, he began working at a Chinese-language radio station. Not doing it for money or fame, and with the blessing of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Master Lu worked late into the night on his live radio program, patiently answering questions from callers and Buddhists friends.
In 2007, starting from scratch, he established 2OR Australia Oriental Radio to promote Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. Every desk and chair in the radio station was assembled by himself. He spent countless days and nights working at the radio station, sometimes even staying awake through the night.
Master Lu never turned away any Buddhist friend who sought help or advice; he asked for nothing in return. He would even give lifts to those who had no means of transport. The Buddhist scriptures were given away free of charge, and they were all hand-written and transcribed by him. For those who came from afar, Master Lu took care of their meals, clothing, accommodation and transport.
Countless true stories relay those touching and heart-warming moments. Master Lu's life was blended into the lives of sentient beings. His unwavering dedication had remained the same for several decades.
His authenticity and sincerity can be found in the ordinary course of events. It is Master Lu's consistent genuineness and sincerity towards Buddhist friends and his radio show listeners, along with his compassion and selflessness, that won him the love and esteem of millions of followers.
He renounced the comfort of family life, status, fame and wealth, and founded the radio station to promote Buddhism just for this one goal —to get predestined beings around the world to recite the Great Compassion Mantra and the Heart Sutra.
In the last ten years, the number of attendees to his Dharma Conventions grew from hundreds to tens of thousands. But behind the glory was Master Lu's years of painstaking effort, as well as his compassionate giving and devotion.
He was extremely thrifty with himself, to the extent of being frugal. He worked tirelessly without any day off, neglecting food and sleep. He often worked till 4am before taking a rest.
He never gave up on his disciples, never stopped giving them guidance. He'd reprimand them sternly just to awaken them to their true nature, for the purpose of delivering them from suffering and ensuring the continuity of their spiritual life.
Master Lu was compassionate and tolerant of all beings, showing great care for them. He was never tired of relieving them of suffering and hardship. He was even ready to sacrifice his life to light up the path home for sentient beings.
Though his physical body succumbed to exhaustion due to years of hard work, Master Lu would always present the best of himself to sentient beings and keep the misery to himself.
From 2010 to 2020, within a short span of 10 years, Master Lu had travelled nonstop to over 30 countries and regions throughout the world.
He had held over 100 Dharma Conventions in Europe, the Americas, the Oceania and Asia. Because of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, countless Buddhists were freed from suffering and turned over a new leaf. They overcame their problems related to family, career and health. By practising altruism, they gained spiritual liberation and the elevation of their spirituality.
Since time immemorial, many esteemed and virtuous monastics and Buddhist Masters had paid a high price in their lives, and gone through untold hardships and dangers for the sake of the continuity of sentient beings' spiritual life.
Following in the footsteps of the Buddha, Guan Yin Bodhisattva and the esteemed Buddhist Masters, Master Lu had devoted all his life in this Age of Dharma Decline and Five Turbidities to bringing to light the sublime truth of life and the universe, and bringing the Buddha-dharma into the hearts of ordinary people.
Master Lu inherited Guan Yin Bodhisattva's compassion and benevolence. When sentient beings were in distress, he would never hesitate to give a helping hand. From babies and school children to the elderly, he showed his love and care with equality.
Master Lu brought the Buddhist ideal of peace into the limelight on the world stage. He spoke at UNESCO headquarters on several occasions to promote world peace with the Buddhist philosophy of non-violence. His message and effort were widely recognised by the international community.
62 years of life's journey and 24 years of propagating the Dharma bespeak the emergence and growth of a Dharma Door. They also chronicle the hardships and sacrifices of the founder of the Buddhist practice.
Master Lu put into practice Guan Yin Bodhisattva's compassion. His advice and guidance, and unparalleled compassion have melted the hearts of sentient beings. His humility, compassion, tolerance, acceptance and his noble character illuminate all in the Human Realm.
‘The Buddha-dharma is found in the world; No one is able to be enlightened out of the world. To find Bodhi out of the world is like looking for a rabbit with horns.’
Millions of Buddhists are practising the Mahayana Buddhism's philosophy of delivering sentient beings. They are following in Master Lu's footsteps to promote Guan Yin Bodhisattva's compassion throughout the world
Just as what Master Lu had said, sentient beings who have the affinity with Guan Yin Bodhisattva will be able to board the Dharma vessel. He always put sentient beings first.
‘Innumerable lifetimes ago, Guan Yin Bodhisattva already came to the Human Realm and established a lot of positive affinities. Many of you Buddhist practitioners sitting here have established a profound affinity with Guan Yin Bodhisattva; you were saved and delivered by Guan Yin Bodhisattva in those days. And I have the honour of bringing all of you together, hoping to bring you back to Heaven. Today, I am just someone who benefits from the Bodhisattva's efforts. That makes me even more grateful to Guan Yin Bodhisattva!’ (An extract from Master Lu’s Dharma Talk in Singapore, April 2016)
The supreme path to Enlightenment dotted with countless acts of compassion. Master Lu always put the Bodhisattva and sentient beings first wherever he went.
He expounded the sublime Dharma with wit and humour, inspiring sentient beings to understand the karma and the truth of the Buddha-dharma. Be it at the auditorium, by the roadside or at the airport, he would be seen compassionately giving discourses to sentient beings.
Master Lu once said, ‘Attaining Buddhahood is for the benefit of sentient beings, not for the benefit of an individual.’
Master Lu came to this world for the sake of sentient beings, as he departed from this world. But he has never left us.
Master Lu will forever remain in the hearts of sentient beings. He left behind innumerable stories that speak of his compassion. Importantly, he left behind the Buddhist wisdom which would go down to posterity.
Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door is spreading Guan Yin Bodhisattva's compassion. It will definitely be passed on from generation to generation for the benefit of all.
The legacy will live on and on.