Chinese Chan Culture and Guan Yin Citta
Interview with Master Jun Hong Lu, President of 2OR Australia Oriental Radio
1. Connected by Karmic Affinity, Gathered in Germany
The majority of Chinese people living in Australia would know Mr. Jun Hong Lu. This is not because he is the President and Director of 2OR Australia Oriental Radio, the Vice President of 128 community groups for the Australian Chinese communities, and the President of the Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre. Compared to these titles, most people would probably respect Mr. Lu as “Master Jun Hong Lu”, or “Master”.
It is because Master Jun Hong Lu has been providing guidance to people, helping them to overcome difficulties in life, and encouraging them to perform good deeds.
In the summer of 2011, with the help of the Chinese communities in Europe, especially in Germany, Master Jun Hong Lu arrived in Frankfurt for his European tour to propagate Buddhist teachings. During his stay in Frankfurt, despite his extremely busy schedule, Master Jun Hong Lu was interviewed on the topic of the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door.
It is understandable that our conversation started with Guan Yin Citta.
Master Jun Hong Lu said, “Guan Yin Citta is a Dharma Door that is especially suitable for the Age of Dharma Decline. It focuses on the illnesses of the human mind after we have experienced excessive turmoil in life. To a certain extent, mental illnesses are more serious than physical illnesses. In fact, physical illnesses are the results of mental illnesses. We may not know that the cause of discomforts in our body is our unhappiness. Our organs are linked to our mental wellbeing. Nowadays, many people have physical illnesses because they are obsessed with enjoying material possessions and they are neglecting their mental wellbeing. Guan Yin Citta has been introduced in a timely manner, as it helps us to alleviate pain and to eliminate the root of illnesses. Guan Yin Citta also has a special meaning. It is a method for improving the wellbeing of our heart and mind.”
Now, what is the relationship between modern medical science and Guan Yin Citta?
Master Jun Hong Lu believes that to many people who are practising Guan Yin Citta, they would consider Master Jun Hong Lu to be a psychologist. “In Buddhist practice, we cultivate for a better self and a better life. We improve ourselves by returning to our true nature. We improve our lives by taking care of our body and being mindful about our behaviour. A calm and peaceful mental state means less worries and illnesses. Many people have illnesses because they cannot let go of their attachments. A person who is happy would have positive influences and make active contributions to society. A person who is in poor health is likely to have negative thoughts, which often leads to further physical discomforts. Many physical illnesses are in fact related to “spiritual illnesses” (note: in Buddhism, this refers to illnesses due to karma), and are incurable by modern medical science. Every day we experience pressures from our surroundings. If a person is not able to withstand the stress, then this person would experience a mental breakdown. When the mind breaks down, the body would also break down. The prosperity of a nation relies on proper management; the success of an organisation depends on business management; and the wellbeing of the mind and body requires the management of the mind. Guan Yin Citta is like the commander of an army, who helps people to realign their thoughts and concepts when there are deviations, and to eliminate negative influences in their minds by increasing their power.”
Guan Yin Citta is not just a Buddhist term – it is truly a beneficial method for everyone to achieve the wellbeing of the mind and body.