[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, Ma Xiuyan from Brisbane, shared with us that through using Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s three Dharma Gems – making Great Vows, performing recitations, and performing Life Liberation – they successfully saved a relative with final stage cancer. On the day of Winter Solstice, Guan Yin Bodhisattva appeared in a dream on an auspicious cloud to inform that because of the children’s filial piety, the patient’s life was extended.

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Respected friends, good afternoon!

My name is Ma Xiuyan, I’m from Brisbane. I have been practising under the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door for 8 months.

In April 2012, I read an article by Master Lu in the ‘Queensland Chinese Times’. Thank you to Zhang Qin for guiding me in my Buddhist practice. In June 2012, my husband and I attended the grand Dharma Function in Melbourne. We saw with our own eyes the great mercy and compassion, and the great Dharma powers of the Living Buddha, Master Lu. I had deep faith in Guan Yin Citta. After I returned from Melbourne, I immediately set up an altar at home. The next day, I went back to China. My westerner husband, Bob, would pay respects and offer incense every day.

Before I went to China, my friend Luo Huan put me in touch with a fellow Buddhist follower and a disciple of Master Lu in Beijing. Thank you to Zhou Haoping for your help!

During the 3 months that I was in China, I introduced Buddhism to 11 of my relatives and 30 of my friends. Since practising Buddhism, my family has had many efficacious experiences. Today, I would like to share the stories of my second older brother Ma Mingju, my mother Xu Ruifang, and my relative Li Jinfen.

 

My older brother Ma Mingju

Half a year ago, my second older brother had pain in both of his knees. He had difficulties walking and sleeping. He also had frequent headaches. He was diagnosed with congenital angioma in the brain, and it was life threatening. Because his condition was critical, I asked Luo Huan from Brisbane to send an email to the Guan Yin Citta Secretariat to add him to the waiting list for Master Lu’s Totem Enquiry. Deepest gratitude to Master Lu – we received his advice soon after. My brother required 180 Little Houses – and needed to perform recitations, make Great Vows, and perform Life Liberation.

On the 15th of lunar May, with the help of Zhou Haoping, we released 1200 fish in Beijing on my brother’s behalf. At that time, my eldest daughter captured the Buddha’s Light using her mobile phone camera. After my brother’s wife and I offered Little Houses on my brother’s behalf, the pain in his legs disappeared and he stopped having headaches. Now my brother recites 2 Little Houses per day for himself.

My brother’s hardware business had been going quite well in the past few years. However, in September 2009, one of his buyers suddenly cut one process, and his business almost stopped production. Plus he had a debt from constructing a new factory building, so his whole family was under a lot of pressure. I encouraged my brother and his wife to promote Buddhist teachings and to recite as much as possible. I also asked them to include the Cundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) in their Daily Recitation. My sister-in-law gave up playing mah-jong, and dedicated herself to practising Buddhism and promoting Buddhist teachings to friends and family in their area. In December 2012, the buyer resumed the original process due the failure of a new innovation, so my brother’s factory was able to continue with the manufacturing.

 

My mother Xu Ruifang

My mother has been bed-ridden due to paralysis for many years. The wife of my eldest brother would provide her with medication every day, but she had no sign of improvement. During the Dharma Function in Melbourne, Master Lu advised that the spirit of my deceased father was occupying my mother’s body, and she required 48 Little Houses. After I offered 4 Little Houses, my mother miraculously recovered. Since then, my sister-in-law set up an altar and started performing recitations.

 

My relative Li Jinfen

Li Jinfen is the mother-in-law of my second older brother. She is 60 years old. In September 2012, she was diagnosed with final stage pancreatic cancer. It had already spread. The doctors performed a puncture procedure on the tumour that was spreading. During the first operation, the patient was in so much pain that she lost consciousness. The second time, the patient recited in the name of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, and her daughter recited the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou). The patient didn’t feel any pain, and since then her whole family has had deep faith in Guan Yin Bodhisattva. The doctors originally planned to perform the procedure 5 times. However, after only 3 times, the doctors said that she didn’t need it anymore. Even after chemotherapy treatment, she didn’t lose her hair or feel nauseous.

On the 1st of lunar August, Li Jinfen’s daughter, Ma Jianyun, with the help of Zhou Haoping, she released 2,000 fish for Li Jinfen for the first time. Ma Jianyun made a Great Vow to be vegetarian for the rest of her life, to promote Buddhism, and to take her mother to the grand Dharma Function in Hong Kong in 2013.

On 5th October 2012, I called through to Master Lu’s radio program, and asked about a dream that Li Jinfen’s daughter had. Master Lu said that the 200 days in the dream represents the remaining lifespan of the patient, and she required 480 Little Houses. My brother and his wife immediately began reciting on her behalf. Thank you to my friends in Brisbane for helping with the recitation of Little Houses. Within 62 days, 360 Little Houses were offered.

In December 2012, Li Jinfen’s condition deteriorated. On 8th December, during Master Lu’s Saturday Dharma Talk, I called Master Lu to ask about her condition, and he performed Totem Enquiry for her. Master Lu said, “She won’t make it. Tell her family that this Dragon has already been bound up. Generally, this means it’s very difficult. Underworld officials have already been sent to take her away. If it wasn’t for this, then I could speak with the underworld officials, and pray to Guan Yin Bodhisattva. This means that she won’t have more than half a month. She will suffer pain in her pancreas. If she passes away without any pain, then it would already be the blessings of Guan Yin Bodhisattva. If you make Great Vows, perform Life Liberation, and offer more Little Houses, plus have the children pray to Guan Yin Bodhisattva to extend her life so that they can have more time to take care of her – then she may be saved.”

 

Li Jinfen made a Great Vow that she will be vegetarian for the rest of her life, promote Buddhist teachings, and perform Life Liberation on the first day of each lunar month.

Li Jinfen’s daughter, Ma Jianyun, made a Great Vow again, that she will follow Master Lu to practise Buddhism, and promote Buddhist teachings whenever she can.

 

I sent Li Jinfen’s request for help to a QQ group. At the same time, Luo Huan also sent this request to fellow Dharma friends in China who have many social connections. Dharma friends proactively helped with the recitations, and also gathered other Buddhist cultivators to help. Deepest gratitude to all the Dharma friends for their help. Within 11 days, we collected over 200 Little Houses from many selfless Dharma friends from all over China. Dharma friends from the Guan Yin Tang Culture Centre in Sydney donated 100 Little Houses, and venerable masters donated over 100 Little Houses. Within 11 days, we offered almost 500 Little Houses for Li Jinfen’s Karmic Creditor. My family would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the Dharma friends for their great mercy and compassion.

On the 1st of lunar November, the patient’s daughter and our relatives, with the help of Zhou Haoping, released 24,000 fish. They also donated 10,000 copies of Buddhist books. Deepest gratitude to Zhou Haoping for leading other Dharma friends to make donations for two Life Liberation events.

Because Li Jinfen’s abdominal hydrocephalus was very painful, I sent her photo to the Guan Yin Tang Secretariat to request for Master Lu’s blessings. On the day of Winter Solstice, Li Jinfen and her children offered the First Incense. That night, her son had a dream. Guan Yin Bodhisattva appeared with her palms joined together, and was floating on a golden auspicious cloud across the sky. Guan Yin Bodhisattva said with immense compassion, “Because you and your sister have shown filial piety, your mother can live for another 10 days.” Guan Yin Bodhisattva is so compassionate, and has extended Li Jinfen’s life. On that day, Master Lu was very compassionate, and gave blessings through Li Jinfen’s photo. The next morning, Li Jinfen found that her originally bloated stomach had returned to a normal size.

 

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

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

Deepest gratitude to the help from all the Dharma friends!

 

On 26th December 2012 – just 10 days ago – Li Jinfen’s medical examination report said that her tumour had reduced in size by 7.5mm compared to 3 months ago. Although she had not taken any anti-cancer medication, her tumour had reduced.

Li Jinfen cannot read, but with the mercy and compassion of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, she is now able to perform recitations through the use of recordings. She is anticipating her opportunity to share her experience with everyone at the grand Dharma Function in Hong Kong in 2013.

I, Ma Xiuyan, vow that – as long as I live, I will follow Master Lu to propagate the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, as well as to help and save others!

I hope that after you have heard my stories, those of you who have not yet begun practising will start learning Buddhism soon. Those who are already practising, I hope you will persist in your practice and create the conditions to propagate Buddhist teachings to others.

Thank you, everyone!

 

Sydney Dharma Function 2012.01.06 – Guest Speaker 2