[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, Zhang Hanhong from Brisbane, shared with us the experience of how, through Buddhist practice, her son who had previously given up on studies, has not only been accepted to university, but has also become hard working and good to his parents.
Good afternoon everyone!
Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva Mahasattva!
Deepest gratitude to our altruistic and courageous Master, Master Lu!
Thank you to the hardworking and selfless volunteers from the Guan Yin Tang Culture Centre!
I am Zhang Hanhong from Brisbane. I am very happy to be here today, to share my experience of my Buddhist practice in the past 7 months. It was through the protection and blessings of Guan Yin Bodhisattva that my son was successfully accepted into university. I would also like to share my experience during the one and half years that I have been practising under the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. I am very grateful that Master Lu gave me this opportunity.
My son migrated to Australia from China two and half years ago. His English was not very good and he could not pass the English exams. At that time, he had completely lost confidence and became disinterested in studying. He would surf the Internet every day, and his day-to-night schedule would be completely reversed. Sometimes, he would be surfing on the Internet the whole night and wouldn’t attend classes the next day. Since May 2011, he completely stopped attending his classes. In June 2011, my son moved out and rented a place on his own.
Have mercy on all the parents in the world! My son was suffering every day. As a mother, I was even more upset to see him this way. I don’t know how I got through that period. Just as I was feeling the most helpless and scared, I had the fortune to attend Master Lu’s grand Dharma Function in Brisbane on 10th July 2011. Master Lu’s wise yet humorous words kept every single member of the audience intrigued, including me. Especially during the Totem Enquiry section, Master Lu’s ability to see through everything had completely convinced us all.
At that Dharma Function, I obtained two of Master Lu’s books, ‘Buddhism in Plain Terms’ and ‘Fate, Fortune, and Feng-Shui’. It was as if I found a treasure. I read the books every day, again and again. I also began browsing Master Lu’s online blog. At that time, I felt that my son can be saved. At the same time, I also realised that this was the answer that I had been searching for my whole life. Master Lu is the great master that I had been searching for. With deep respect and gratitude, I began practising Buddhism and performing Daily Recitation. I know I must follow the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Master Lu to cultivate sincerely and to propagate Buddhist teachings.
After I came back, I began performing Daily Recitation for my son. It included the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7 times, Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 9 times, Cundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) 49 times, Eight-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) once, and Jvala Mahaugra Dharani (Hsiao Tsai Chi Hsiang Shen Chou) 49 times. During his exam period, I increased the Daily Recitation to Great Compassion Mantra 21 times, Heart Sutra 21 times, and Cundi Dharani 108 times. At the same time, I recited 21 Little Houses for him. To help my son to be accepted into university, I donated for the printing of Master Lu’s books and performed Life Liberation on my son’s behalf. I also made a Great Vow to Guan Yin Bodhisattva to promote Buddhist teachings to others and distribute more than 60 copies of Master Lu’s books.
After performing Daily Recitation for my son for a month, he showed an obvious improvement. His confidence was restored and he was willing to study again. He also proactively asked teachers and classmates to help him with his studies. At the same time, he started working while learning English. He became more and more sensible.
When I saw him again, he was a completely different person. He had become very energetic and capable. I am very grateful for the advice from Master Lu. Master Lu kindly adjusted my son’s Daily Recitation and told me, “As long as you persist in performing Daily Recitation for him, he will improve over time. Also, it would be best for him to move out so that he is not living with you”.
With Master Lu’s words, I became more confident. In November 2011, my son undertook the university entrance exams. But I wasn’t sure whether he would pass, and I waited anxiously every day. At noon one day in December 2011, I was having a nap in the living room when I heard a voice saying to me, “He got through.” The voice was very clear and pleasant. Later on, I had the opportunity to ask Master Lu, and realised that this was the voice of Guan Yin Bodhisattva letting me know the good news in advance.
In February 2012, I received a call from my son. He said, “Mum, I received the letter of admission from university! Don’t worry! With help of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, I can finally go to university”. I was so emotional after hearing this good news. Once I put down the phone, I immediately knelt down in front of my altar at home. Tears were running nonstop. No words could express my gratitude to Guan Yin Bodhisattva.
Deepest gratitude to Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva!
Deepest gratitude to Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Master Lu!
Guan Yin Bodhisattva saved my son’s life! Master Lu saved my son’s life!
After my son entered university, he became energetic and he studied hard. He also made many friends and learnt to drive. He would often call me, asking me to take care of myself and not to work too hard. I am so grateful for the mercy and compassion of Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Master Lu!
I practised Buddhism with a sincere heart and became a full vegetarian. I recite for about 10 hours a day, from 8am to 10pm. Apart from meal times, I would devote all my time to performing recitations. In order to use my time more wisely, I would prepare meals to last for a few days at a time. I have also changed my habit of taking afternoon naps. I perform Daily Recitation for my son, my husband and myself. Every day, for myself, I recite the Great Compassion Mantra 7 to 49 times, Heart Sutra 7 to 49 times, Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra (Wang Sheng Chou) 49 times, Cundi Dharani 49 times, Jvala Mahaugra Dharani 49 times, and Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance 3 times. In the one and half years that I have been practising under the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, I have introduced Buddhist teachings to 115 people, transferred merits to 37 Karmic Creditors, and recited a total of around 720 Little Houses. If my husband or I have had dreams of relatives and friends who have passed away, I would transfer merits to each of them.
For every sutra or mantra that I have encountered, I would be able to memorise them after reciting them a few times, including the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance. When I perform recitations each day, I always have the image of our compassionate mother, Guan Yin Bodhisattva, in my mind. That is why I would not feel tired. I often think of Master Lu’s sincere words, which helps me to be full of confidence.
After encountering Master Lu, I have finally found my true home. I finally understand that Guan Yin Bodhisattva has always been protecting and blessing me, allowing me to have the fortune to find Master Lu. On 6th April 2012, I officially became a disciple of Master Lu and Guan Yin Bodhisattva. I will follow my Master to cultivate sincerely and to promote Buddhist teachings, so I will not return to the six realms of rebirth again. In gratitude of the great loving kindness of Guan Yin Bodhisattva and the selfless work of Master Lu, I will continue to cultivate sincerely.
In August 2011, we performed Life Liberation for Master Lu. That night, I dreamt that I was sitting across from my younger sister in a pergola. We offered longevity noodles to Master Lu. There were two bowls of noodles, one was not spicy and the other one had many red chillies. I asked Master Lu, “Do you prefer the spicy one or the non-spicy one?’ Master Lu replied, “The non-spicy one.” Then I saw the t-shirt that Master Lu was wearing had shades of blue and purple. After I woke up, I thought that the colour was strange. When I saw the cover of ‘Fate, Fortune, and Feng-Shui’, I just laughed. The Dharmakaya [“Truth body” in English] of Master Lu that I saw was from this book! Wasn’t the colour of the t-shirt the same as the colour of the cover? How extraordinary.
Every night before I go to bed I would read one of Master Lu’s articles. I had two chairs in my room. One night, I had a dream of Master Lu’s Dharmakaya again and he was wearing his usual suit, when Master Lu came into the room, he said, “There are so many chairs, how can Bodhisattva visit? Bodhisattva likes open spaces, isn’t that right? Then it sounded like many people replied, “That’s right!” As Master Lu spoke, he moved the chair to the side. The next day when I was reciting, the incense was curling from beginning to end. I knew that Bodhisattva came to bless me.
In May 2012, after I went back to China, I performed Life Liberation with my husband and younger sister. One time, we released $888 RMB worth of carp. When I came home and made incense offering, a lotus formed in my oil lamp. I immediately told my sister to have a look, and we were very happy. That night, my sister had a dream of a big turtle crawling onto the shore. I told her, “This is Guan Yin Bodhisattva extending your life!” Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva! Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Master Lu!
There is a sculpture of a man that is over one metre tall in our front yard. In a dream, he came over to me with a smile, saying, “I’m not afraid of dogs, I’ll take you over to the other side.” My neighbour’s big wolfhound was lying on the street. The wolfhound watched as we walked past. It really didn’t stand up to bark at us, and I was still walking very carefully as I followed the little sculpture man. I thought the dream was very strange. During one of Master Lu’s weekend Dharma Talks, I had the opportunity to ask. Master Lu said, “This is troublesome. There is already a foreign spirit. You should have moved it away earlier. Recite 14 Little Houses first, and then the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance 21 times before you send it to a shop that sells sculptures. You need to be careful of losing money – only have $10 in your wallet. Also, your family members may have some minor injuries. You should recite the Jvala Mahaugra Dharani 49 times per day for each member of your family.”
I followed all of Master Lu’s instructions. I really did only put $10 in my husband’s wallet. However, the $500 that I gave to my son for paying the rent was debited without our knowledge for his mobile phone bill due to Internet data usage. He didn’t know when he had a webpage open for that long, and it was exactly $500. Then when my husband parked outside a supermarket, a car ran into the back of his car and damaged the taillight. We received compensation from the other party later on. It was exactly as Master Lu had predicted. Fortunately, with the protection and blessings from Guan Yin Bodhisattva, my family was kept safe and physically unharmed. Deepest gratitude to Master Lu for saving our lives! Deepest gratitude to Guan Yin Bodhisattva for the protection and blessings!
Since I began performing Daily Recitation for my husband, he has felt that things have been going very smoothly for him. He preferred to work during day time, and he was given his preference. Also, the pay would be higher during public holidays, and he would work more overtime than others. He says that he feels relaxed when driving for work every day, and would always wear the amulet of Guan Yin Bodhisattva to work. He has received the outstanding award in Queensland for two consecutive years. With his English accent, he often says to me in Chinese, “This is the help from Guan Yin Bodhisattva. This is the help from Master Lu. Thank you! Thank you for your protection and blessings!” We would be very happy.
We have found happiness in our family life. My son is now in university, and my husband’s work is going well. I am sincerely practising Buddhism and propagating Buddhist teachings. I am so grateful to Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Master Lu.
Master Lu teaches us to appreciate and cherish our good fortune, and to always think of others. On 23rd September 2012, a group of us participated in an event in Brisbane organised by Jenny to propagate Buddhist teachings and distribute books. Full of Dharma Bliss!
Once again, deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva! Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Master Lu! Thank you to all the selfless volunteers at the Guan Yin Tang Culture Centre, and to all the Guan Yin Citta Buddhist cultivators. Let’s all do our best to propagate Buddhist teachings and benefit others!
Finally, I would like to wish everyone great fortune in the New Year! Thank you, everyone!
Zhang Hanhong, Brisbane
21st December 2012