My deepest gratitude to Guan Yin Bodhisattva and to Master Lu!

Good afternoon everyone! My name is Stan Gao, I’m from New Zealand.

 I believe that almost everyone has heard about Buddhism, and some even have profound knowledge of Buddhism. I sometimes ask myself: What is Buddhism? How is it connected to our everyday life, and where will it lead us to? Around a year ago, my wife’s friend introduced Guan Yin Citta to her.  Since then, she has changed drastically. She never used to read much for the past 20 years; but she is now reading Master Lu’s book until mid-night. Over time, her face grew brighter and her eyes radiate hope and happiness. Her usual fiery temperament eased to a more subdued and gentle disposition. In this way, I was introduced to Guan Yin Citta through my wife and her friend. After listening to Master Lu’s radio programs and watching totem videos, I start believing in karma and reincarnation, and I realized that what we have done in the past lives determined our current destiny – if we want to yield a good harvest, we have to sow good seeds. Even though I have never met Master Lu, I regard him as my life-long spiritual mentor. A good teacher is hard to come by, so I really cherish the opportunity to learn from Master Lu.

 Since then, I have been practicing Guan Yin Citta diligently. At the beginning of last year, I made a vow to become a vegetarian, abstain from killing, recite scriptures and promote Buddhism for the rest of my life. Thereafter, dramatic changes occurred throughout the year. I would like to share some of these changes with you.

 First of all, my health improved. I was diagnosed with gout in 1999. Every time I suffered from a gout attack, I vowed to quit indulging in food and alcohol. But every time I get over the relapse, I reverted to the unhealthy diet again. As a result, I constantly suffered from gout attacks. To relieve the pain and alleviate the symptoms, I took colchicine, which posed lethal side effects on my body. Through practicing Guan Yin Citta, I learned that my illness was the result of the negative karma I had sowed through the killing and over consumption of meat and seafood. Due to the demands of my job, I eat out twice a day almost every day for the last 16 years. My gout condition culminated last April when I had an attack which led me bed ridden. Lying in bed, I sought solace in listening to Master Lu’s radio programs. From there, I grew to understand that the pain I was suffering is negating and reducing the negative karma I had bred in the past. I resolved not to take colchicine anymore to relieve my condition; rather, I choose to adopt a vegetarian diet instead. I also practiced the Buddhist principles of releasing any form of living beings from captivity and recite scriptures. With my faith in Buddhism, I endured all the pain without taking medications. From then on, I have never had another gout attack.

 After just a year’s practice, the lumps in my body have become smaller, both my lumbar disc herniation and frozen shoulder have been cured. I could also sit up in a crossed-legged posture now. My deepest gratitude to Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Master Lu!

 Apart from improvement in my health, there were also changes to my mindset. Running my own business in China, like most other businessmen, I pursued wealth and fame. I lived an extravagant life and regarded prosperity and fame as great blessings. As I didn’t understand Buddhism or karma before, I wasn’t aware of the dire consequences as a result of my greed, hatred and delusion. The greed for money creates karmic debts, and living an extravagant life is actually squandering our blessings! Excessive greed and the pursuit of fame and wealth can delude our body and mind.

 Last February, I met Master Lu in Sydney and was enlightened by his teachings. I came to the realization that we can never deceive the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas. I have committed much mistakes and wrongdoings in the past; creating heavy karmic debts. From the perspective of the law, we will not be punished if we are not caught. However, from a Buddhist’s view, negative karma will be created regardless of whether our action has been exposed. As a consequence, we have to pay for our karmic debts. Therefore, I sincerely repent of my mistakes. The more desires we have, the more troubled our minds will be. The more we have, the more we can lose. In order to free myself from worries and troubles, I resolved to cease in the pursuit of fame and wealth.

 Last May, a Taoist friend of mine met with me and said that I looked very much like a monk now because he no longer saw greed and desires in my eyes. All my friends are curious about my changes. Whenever they want to dine out, I would suggest trying a vegetarian restaurant. I also tell them that I am now practicing Buddhism and no longer interested in hosting a feast. They all accept my changes and respect me more than ever. In my job, I behave in accordance with Buddhist teachings and avoid any false speech or greed. I feel relieved and become more tolerant and open towards people around me. Such changes have saved my soul from greed and desire.

 A while ago, I visited my hometown. Whenever I heard that some youngsters yelled at and even hit their parents, or some people fight with each other over trivial matters, I could not help but imagine how peaceful our world could be if everyone has the opportunity to be influenced by Buddhist teachings at a young age. It is terrifying that people do not believe in karma. Society has benefitted from Master Lu’s way of promoting Buddhism in a way which is easy for us to understand. If all of us could act in accordance with Master Lu’s Buddhist teachings, our society will be filled with love and peace. Guan Yin Citta is the most effective vehicle that Guan Yin Bodhisattva uses to save us from suffering.

 On a lower level, practicing Guan Yin Citta could help us solve real-life issues relating to health, family and career. On a higher level, our society or even the world could benefit immensely from Buddhist teachings; because Buddhism promotes compassion and benevolence. It not only turns us into more amiable and empathetic beings, but also lifts us up spiritually and frees us from suffering.

 It’s best to have a guide when walking on a path. Along the path of our Buddhist practice, we are led by Master Lu and Guan Yin Bodhisattva, who guide us in the right direction. When we are doing well, we should share the good news with others. Guan Yin Citta belongs to the Mahayana school of Buddhism, and it’s truly effective! It’s not a question of whether you will succeed on your path, rather it’s more of whether you want to be on that path. As long as you have faith in Guan Yin Citta, you will definitely benefit from it.

 My deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva!

 My deepest gratitude to the selfless Master Lu who spares no effort in helping us and spreading Buddhism!

 Thank you everyone!

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