[From the Editor] The following is the translation of a speech made by a guest speaker at “The Art of Applying Comprehensive Metaphysics” grand Dharma Function in Sydney on 6th January 2013. Buddhist cultivator, Li Jian from Hangzhou, shared her story that through performing recitations, a child who did not like to study – not only was he accepted into a prestigious school, he even started performing recitations for himself. In addition, after only 14 Little Houses, the negative karmic ties of her grandmother were resolved. Since practising Buddhism, her family has found harmony and happiness.

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Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva Mahasattva!

Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Master Lu!

Good afternoon, everyone.

 

I am from Hangzhou, China. My name is Li Jian. My family has been practising under the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and been vegetarian for over 3 years. I am very honoured to be at this grand Dharma Function today to share my cultivation journey and efficacious experiences with everyone.

I used to be a very ordinary lay Buddhist. I would often visit temples to pay respects and offer incense, but I never actually encountered Buddhist teachings. On 26th November 2009, I discovered Master Lu’s blog. I had only listened to 5 minutes of radio program recordings, and I was deeply intrigued by the extraordinary contents. The next day, I immediately downloaded and printed Little Houses (I didn’t have Master Lu’s books or sutra booklet back then). Then I began performing recitations for Little Houses, and also made a Great Vow to be vegetarian for the rest of my life. On the third day, I called through to Master Lu’s radio program (at that time, Master Lu’s blog had already reached 180,000 visitors).

In the first half a year, whenever I had questions, I would call Master Lu’s radio program hotline. Through Master Lu’s compassionate guidance, I went from knowing nothing to understanding the basics of Buddhist practice, including the 3 Dharma Gems: performing recitations, making Great Vows, and performing Life Liberation. Every day, I persisted in following Master Lu’s blog and listening to his radio program recordings. I also persisted in reciting 7 to 8 hours per day, and in transferring merits to my deceased relatives to help them to proceed to the heaven realm. My entire family is practising Buddhism together. We have obtained good health and Dharma Bliss. We have had so many efficacious experiences. Deepest gratitude to Master for helping and saving all beings, as well as guiding us in finding our way back home.

In the following section, I will share two of my efficacious experiences. These are also issues that everyone would often face in everyday life.

 

My child’s academic performance

My son grew up in Japan since an early age, and is now 17 years old. He is smart and kind, and often helps his classmates. But he didn’t like to study or work hard, and couldn’t concentrate in class. When the teacher was talking, he would be playing with his eraser. He would never proactively complete his homework, and required adult supervision for him to complete it. He would often be forgetful in his studies. One time, he even forgot to write his name on an exam paper that he submitted. One day, on the way to primary school, he saw a snail crawling slowly and he just knelt there to watch, completely forgetting about going to school. Teachers would often call us for discussions, and this kind of situation kept occurring until he was in year 9. We tried every method possible – coaxing, scolding, or encouraging – but nothing would help. We even arranged for him to see a psychologist, who said that he was completely normal. As parents, we were very anxious. If he kept going like that, he wouldn’t make it to senior high school.

At that time, I had been practising Guan Yin Citta for half a year. When I called through to the radio program, Master Lu told me that my son was fine and that he would improve after performing recitations, as well as the number of Little Houses required. So I began performing Daily Recitation for him: Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7 times, Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 21 times, and Cundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) 49 times, as well as 4 Little Houses in one batch. I also asked my son to recite the Heart Sutra once every day himself. After half a year, there wasn’t much effect. So I called into Master Lu’s radio program again. Master Lu said that the recitations weren’t enough, and we should add the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen). So I adjusted the Daily Recitation for him as follows: Great Compassion Mantra 7 times, Heart Sutra 49 times, Cundi Dharani 108 times, Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance 3 times, and Aryavalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Vikurvana Dharani (Kuan Yin Ling Kan Chen Yan)27 times. I also performed the Recalling of Souls and Spirits, and recited 2 Little Houses per week for him. My son would recite the Great Compassion Mantra once, and Heart Sutra once per day.

After performing this set of recitations for over a month, my son settled down a lot and would proactively approach adults to sit with him when he completed his homework. His grades gradually improved and sometimes even came first in some subjects. We were so happy to see his improvements. We persisted in our recitations and taught him about Master Lu’s teachings, letting him know that it is Guan Yin Bodhisattva who is giving him protection, and Master Lu who is giving him blessings.

In the two days of his senior high school entrance exams, he brought the Guan Yin Bodhisattva amulet with him. I was in China and I was reciting for him the whole day. Bodhisattva is so compassionate, a child who didn’t like to study, who didn’t concentrate well, and who didn’t receive any tutoring – in the end, he was accepted for a very competitive public senior high school. Further, he was the only student from his school accepted into this senior high school. I was so grateful. Thank you to Guan Yin Bodhisattva, thank you to Master Lu. Guan Yin Citta saved our son. Now my son performs recitations every day, and can even see the Dharmakaya [“Truth body” in English] of Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Master Lu. He is now in year 11 and his academic results are stable. He works hard and is sensible. He helps with household chores and is happy to help others. I am continuing to recite for him every day: Great Compassion Mantra 7 times, Heart Sutra 21 times, Cundi Dharani 49 times, Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots (Chieh Chieh Chou) 21 times, Jvala Mahaugra Dharani (Hsiao Tsai Chi Hsiang Shen Chou) 49 times, and Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance once. I also recite 1-2 Little Houses for him per week.

My son says he loves Master Lu and Bodhisattva very much, and hopes to become a disciple of Master Lu one day.

I have shared my story with fellow Buddhist followers in Hangzhou. Many of them have followed my example to educate their children, and they have all achieved great results.

The distinguishing feature of this case: I successfully helped my son through performing recitations even though we live in different countries. This demonstrates that as long as we have a sincere heart in following Master Lu to practise Buddhism, the Buddha’s Light of Guan Yin Bodhisattva will always shine upon us!

 

The efficaciousness of Little Houses to cure illnesses

In 2011, my grandma who was 93 years old came to stay with me. On the third night, she suddenly became ill past 7pm. She had very severe pain in her left leg, her whole body was cramping and shaking, her face was all red, and her breathing was rapid. My grandma’s condition was critical and she felt that she didn’t have much time left. Although we were very anxious, we knew we had protection from Guan Yin Bodhisattva, so we kept our calm. We immediately lit the oil lamp and prayed to Guan Yin Bodhisattva to protect and bless my grandma, to help her to overcome her Karmic Passes. At 8pm, I offered 7 Little Houses that I had previously saved to my grandma’s Karmic Creditor, and I made a vow that I would offer another 7 Little Houses the next day on her behalf.

Then a miracle happened. Within half an hour, the pain in my grandma’s left leg had gradually disappeared, and the cramps had stopped. The next day, we offered the next batch of 7 Little Houses. On the third day, she had completely recovered! In tears, my grandma expressed her gratitude to Guan Yin Bodhisattva and to Master Lu for saving her life. We only used 14 Little Houses to resolve my grandma’s negative karmic ties. Since then, she has dedicated herself to practising Guan Yin Citta. Every day, she would recite in the name of Guan Yin Bodhisattva 108 times, and recite the Heart Sutra and Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra (Wang Sheng Chou) for the Self-Cultivation Record Forms to be used after her passing. My grandma said that she had only just encountered Master Lu during her old age, and it’s too late. But Master Lu says that as long as you encounter Guan Yin Citta in this lifetime – it is never too late. We should cherish it. It’s true. Under the blessings of Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Master Lu, she is continuing to live a healthy life.

The distinguishing feature of this case: This was a successful case of saving an elder through the use of Little Houses. This confirms that Little Houses is truly a treasure, and is genuine and not false. This is a Dharma Gem given to us by Guan Yin Bodhisattva. Everyone should cherish it, and use it well.

There are so, so many miraculous experiences. Guan Yin Bodhisattva is always with us. Master Lu is always with us. I will always remember Master Lu’s principle of “The perfection of humanity leads to the attainment of Buddhahood”. Let us diligently follow Master Lu to practise Buddhism and to propagate Buddhist teachings – so that we can truly perfect humanity and attain Buddhahood, and be one of the thousand hands and thousand eyes of Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Master Lu!

 

Once again:

Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva Mahasattva!

Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Master Lu!

Thank you to the Guan Yin Citta Secretariat for giving me this opportunity.

Thank you, everyone.

 

Li Jian, Disciple from Hangzhou

23rd December 2012

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