Chinese Chan Culture and Guan Yin Citta

Interview with Master Jun Hong Lu, President of 2OR Australia Oriental Radio


2. How to Practise Guan Yin Citta?

So how do you practise under the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door? This is what Master Jun Hong Lu said:

“The ultimate truth is that, Guan Yin Citta is about realigning your mind. It is about resolving conflicts that we encounter in society and at work. Through the methods of performing recitations, performing Life Liberation, and making Great Vows, we can resolve issues such as interpersonal conflicts, and more.”

Master Jun Hong Lu also answered with a smile: “For example, the recitation of the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) and the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) are the foundations of Guan Yin Citta. All sutras and mantras included in the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door reference the “Buddhist Recitation Collection by Mr. Zhao Puchu”, produced by Mr. Zhao Puchu, former President of the Chinese Buddhist Association. No modifications have been made to the sutras and mantras. This includes the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou), the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching), the Ten Small Mantras (Shih Hsiao Chou), and the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen). In the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching), the meaning of “no attachment” is to “have no attachments or obstacles”. Our hearts will be fearless if we have no attachments or obstacles. We are then able to distance ourselves from the state of delusions, which results from clinging to worldly matters. In life, we often believe that our possessions are real, but they are in fact false projections. When we let go of all fame and fortune, we can then cultivate our minds and be free of greed, hatred and ignorance.”

However, according to the personal observations of the reporter over the years, this is very difficult to do. At least, the reporter cannot achieve this. It is uncertain whether others can.

In fact, Master Jun Hong Lu gives Dharma Talks at 2OR Australia Oriental Radio every week. Master Jun Hong Lu talks about “Buddhism in everyday life” for the audience, including how Buddhism emphasises on compassion and not harbouring hatred. Guan Yin Bodhisattva embodies compassion. To have compassion in our hearts is to have Bodhicitta, so that we can obtain wisdom. Only when we have the heart of profound wisdom, will we have great mercy and compassion in our hearts. Guan Yin Citta is in fact Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Dharma Door.