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Guan Yin Citta Houston holds free vegetarian tasting event to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day

Guan Yin Citta Houston holds free vegetarian tasting event to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day

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On July 20, 2019, a large-scale free vegetarian food tasting event took place at Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in Houston, Texas. It is run by Guan Yin Citta Houston to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day and to spread Buddhist method of living to more sentient beings. The event attracts over 150 attendees and provides participatory activities incorporated Buddhist knowledge. A range of free energizing vegetarian food is served, binding all the guests together and giving each other nourishment. Many attendees said that they feel so lucky to have joined such a memorable weekend gathering and will definitely join in the next event.

Guan Yin Citta Houston is the only Buddhist practice center of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door located in the southern US. It opened in 2016, and ever since, it has been committing to spreading Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings in the metropolitan area and redoubling efforts to promote core values of Buddhism. Due to the booming of energy industry, particularly for oil and natural gas, as well as for biomedical research and aeronautics, the population of ethnic Chinese is constantly growing, making Houston a terrific place to spread traditional Chinese culture and Buddhism. Many ethnic Chinese people are eager to find the spiritual sustenance and the harbor of the soul. Through making vows, reciting Buddhist scriptures, making life liberation, many Buddhist friends in Houston have benefited from the Buddhist practice and alleviate from suffering and vexations.

The event is both entertaining and informative to the attendees, leaving them feel inspired, engaged and excited. It includes chanting Buddhist scriptures by Buddhist kids from Guan Yin Citta, playing interactive games, watching video clips from Master Jun Hong Lu’s Dharma Talks and Totem Inquiry. Volunteers from Guan Yin Citta meticulously prepared over 30 kinds of delicious vegetarian food and served to attendees for free. Many attendees were amazed at the diversity and great taste of the food which aroused their interests of adopting a vegetarian lifestyle. Some of the attendees said that they feel lucky to gain informative knowledge at the event and the volunteers are really sincere and friendly.

At the end of the event, the lucky draw session leads to the climax of the event. Many attendees harvested free gifts and shared their happiness with others. Many people expressed their appeal to start the Buddhist practice and look forward to the next gathering in the near future.

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Jun Hong Lu is the chairman and Director of Australia Oriental Media Buddhist Charity Association registered under United Nations Global Compact as NGO-Non Government Organisation since July 2015.

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Guan Yin Citta Philadelphia sends love and kindness to seniors to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day

Guan Yin Citta Philadelphia sends love and kindness to seniors to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day

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On July 21, 2019, a large-scale free vegetarian food tasting event took place at Good Friends Senior Center in Chinatown, Philadelphia. It is organized by Guan Yin Citta Philadelphia to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day and to send love and kindness to seniors. It is also the fourth time that Guan Yin Citta Philly held free vegetarian tasting event at this venue, not only because many seniors look forward to the fascinating performances and good food, but also because Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings shine the warm light of awareness on their thoughts and feelings. It is a rewarding experience that gives these elderly people satisfaction and brings them benefits. More than 500 people attended this event and experienced a memorable weekend gathering.

As a registered non-profit organization in US, Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in Philadelphia has been committing to spreading Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings to alleviate people’s suffering and vexation. As a world-renowned Buddhist teacher, the founder of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, Master Jun Hong Lu dedicates himself to promoting Buddhism and attainment of global harmony. Through making vows, reciting Buddhist scriptures, liberating fishes and turtles, tens of thousands of people around the world have overcome life difficulties and gained inner peace of mind. Some of his publications, Words of Wisdom and Buddhism in Plain Words teach people the Buddhist Dharma as a way of thinking and living, which also help people eradicate the confusion and gain wisdom. 

The event provides a well-rounded menu of activities that help attendees engaged and simulated. It includes free vegetarian food, lucky draw, performances, and fascinating video clips from Master Jun Hong Lu’s Dharma Talks. Before the event officially started at 11:00am, there have been quite a number of people who came in admiration of Guan Yin Citta arrived at the venue. One of the attendees said, “I came here because my friend recommended it to me. She told me that it’s an eye-opening experience to learn Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings, and your vegetarian food and performances are amazing! ” Some of the seniors lost their mobility were assigned to specific seats, and helped by volunteers from Guan Yin Citta with the delivery of food and drinks. These heart-warming deeds touched many seniors and increased their interests to learn Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings. During the event, volunteers performed choral singing “Bodhi Heart”, “Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva”, dual singing “Verses to praise Guan Yin Bodhisattva”, “Listen to the sounds from the other shore of Ganges”, solo singing “Na Mo Guan Yin Bodhisattva” and “The light in the heart”. Master Jun Hong Lu’s Dharma Talks and Totem Inquiry videos also blew people’s minds. Many of the attendees were surprised to know the spiritual world is true and Law of Cause and Effect is real.

At the end of the event, one of the elderly people luckily won the 32” LED TV in the lucky draw session.  Some other participants were rewarded insulated bottles, toothpastes, and kitchen tools. Many people look forward to the next gathering in the late September and expressed their appeal to visit Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in Philadelphia.

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Guan Yin Citta Toronto goes deep into local community to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day

Guan Yin Citta Toronto goes deep into local community to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day

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On July 21, 2019, Guan Yin Citta Culture Center in Toronto organized a memorable event to celebrate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day. The event took place at Crosby Memorial Community Centre in north Toronto and brought local people happiness and inspiration. It is the fifth time that Guan Yin Citta Toronto goes deep into the local community and spreads Buddhist method of living to help people solve their problems. Many attendees not only tasted delicious free vegetarian food, but also watched Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s spiritual uplifting videos.

During the past few years, Guan Yin Citta Toronto has been advocating for Buddhist approach to alleviating suffering and making life better, and there has been a lot of progress in this effort. Many Buddhist friends in Toronto area have benefitted from Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings and adopted the wisdom of Buddhism into their life. Some of them have successfully defeated serious diseases, and some of them realized the true meaning of life and have been constantly giving back to the society. The Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door propagated by Master Jun Hong Lu has been accepted by tens of millions of people around the world. In the age of Dharma Decline, the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door is the enchanted medicine given by Guan Yin Citta Bodhisattva specifically to save our lives.  

The celebration begins with the children’s chorus singing Mother is the best in your world. Then it goes to the introduction of the Children’s Dharma Class in Guan Yin Citta Toronto. The class opened specifically for kids not only transmits love, kindness, and compassion, but also teaches them the traditional Chinese culture, such as the Five kinds of Moralities, benevolence, righteousness, manners,  wisdom, and trustworthiness. Many kids have benefitted from the teachings and could be able to discipline themselves in school and at home. After the kids singing, volunteers from Guan Yin Citta brought audience another song Verse to praise Guan Yin Bodhisattva. The beautiful melody stuck a chord with the listeners and many of them sang along with the music. An atmosphere of peace and joy gradually developed in the community center, and everyone could feel the unconditional love and blessings from Guan Yin Bodhisattva. After the performances, all the attendees watched video clips from Master Jun Hong Lu’s Dharma Talks and Totem Inquiries. These videos provided them brand new perspectives to look at the world and opportunities to introspect themselves. Life is short. It is a journey to discover your true self, not a destination to lay back.

At the end, everyone enjoyed delicious vegetarian meals prepared by volunteers from Guan Yin Citta. Everything distributed in the event were all free, including the meals, Buddhist books, learning materials, DVDs, and gifts. Many attendees came with no idea of what they were getting into and left with new Buddhist methods of living, which will benefit them in a long run.   

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Free Vegetarian Carnival at Preston City Hall 2019 to commemorate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day

Free Vegetarian Carnival at Preston City Hall 2019 to commemorate Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day

Volunteers of the Australian Chinese Buddhist Association Melbourne Branch had started gathering around the Preston City Hall even before 8:30 am on a beautiful Sunday morning of the 21st July 2019. These volunteers were there for a reason, that is to transform the Preston City Hall into an amazing place with a memorable experience for the guests who were attending the Free Vegetarian Carnival in commemoration of the Guan Yin Bodhisatva’s Enlightenment Day. The Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day is one of the three important dates apart from the Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Birthday and Renunciation Day that Buddhists from all over the world celebrate.  These days are very auspicious as there are powerful positive energy fields present during these days.

Under the leadership of Master Jun Hong Lu, who is the Chairman of the Australia Oriental Media Buddhist Charity Association (AOMB), this large scale Free Vegetarian Event at Preston City Hall was organised to honour the sacrifice and unconditional spirit of compassion of the Great and Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva for all sentient beings. Master Jun Hong Lu who is also the founder of the Buddhist practice, Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, with 10 million followers around the world have been working tirelessly to propagate Buddhism as well as to advocate for the development of the Vegetarian lifestyle, environmental protection and world peace.

The early birds have started arriving at the venue as early as 10:15 am. The total guests coming to this Free Vegetarian Carnival event was estimated to be about 500 people, which was much higher compared to last year’s attendance.

The Master of Ceremony for the event welcomed the attendees at 11:15 am and was followed by a short speech and introduction made by Sam Ding who is the Head of the Australian Chinese Buddhist Association Melbourne Branch. He had also briefly outlined what was in store for the attendees for the rest of the day. This was followed by the video about Guan Yin Bodhisattva (The Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra).
The next program on the agenda was the testimonial sharing by Ms Yuechang Chen. Ms Chen had shared on how his son had managed to get the full scholarship from a well-sought after private high school in Melbourne after diligently practising the three Golden Practices of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, that is, Reciting Buddhist sutras, Performing Life Liberation and Making a Vow.

The guests were then entertained by the choir performance by the ACBRC Youth Group before another testimony shared by Ms Weng. It was indeed eye-opening for the guests to learn about the miracles that are happening to the followers of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door practitioners and how through the diligent cultivation and following the three Golden Practices of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door can lead to life transforming miracles.

Next, Ms Jin had shared some brief insights about Buddhism, the law of Karma (cause and effect) and how by cultivating compassion and wisdom practitioners can overcome major challenges, recover from major illnesses that the western medical has no known cause nor cure. This was followed by the video introduction of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and Master Jun Hong Lu before the guests break for lunch.

The main focal point for this event was the comprehensive assortment of delicious vegetarian dishes that were served on that day. These appetizing vegetarian dishes were mostly diligently prepared and contributed by the volunteers. There were more than 100 different types of vegetarian dishes offered on that auspicious day. After savoring the food, many attendees were impressed with the creativity, high nutritional value and most importantly, the great tasting and flavoursome vegetarian dishes that were served on that day.

While the vegetarian dishes were being served to the guests, videos of Master Jun Hong Lu’s totem enquiries were played at the background. The guests were fascinated by Master Jun Hong Lu’s ability to tell one’s past, present and future through Totem inquiry. After watching the videos, many people came to realise the importance of the law of Karma and how the application of this universal law can explain many events that happened in our lives.

While lunch was served, we had the chance to speak to one of the staff of the City of Darebin who was helping with the setup of the venue, Ms Shirley from Fiji. She was truly amazed at the teamwork and selfless contribution of the volunteers to make the event running smoothly. She was asking how much was the cost to attend this event but was truly surprised to find out that this vegetarian event was offered free to the public in the spirit of compassion. This event had triggered her to want to incorporate more vegetarian dishes into her daily life, and she was interested in getting hold of more recipes on how great tasting vegetarian dishes can be prepared.

During the break, we had also managed to chat with some of the guests who came from many different countries like Alonso who was from Mexico, Desiree who came from South Africa, Finn (Ireland), Kristen and Goh (Malaysia) and Lakshmi (India). All of them had given very positive feedback about the event. Many guests also took the opportunity to enquire more about Buddhism and the practices of the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door at the information booths that were setup at the back of the hall.

The Free Vegetarian Carnival event at the Preston City Hall came to an end at around 2:30 pm. There were smiles on everyone’s faces as all of them were satisfied with the healthy and nutritious food as well as the programs that had been planned for that day. Most people who were present that day also brought home something that will stay on with them, that is, the new knowledge gained from the learning and sharing of Buddhism practices. Hopefully, many of them will continue to acquire and seek a deeper understanding of Buddhism and use this knowledge to transform their lives for the better.

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Guan Yin Citta Vancouver Chapter celebrates both Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day and Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s birthday

Guan Yin Citta Vancouver Chapter celebrates both Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day and Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s birthday

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On July 31, 2018, the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Vancouver Chapter organized a successful vegetarian event to celebrate both Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day and Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s birthday together. More than 230 Buddhist friends and 45 volunteers attended this gathering and spent a memorable day at Guan Yin Citta Vancouver Chapter.

It began with a video honoring Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s huge contributions to the world. Her great compassion and great mercy has been inspiring every Buddhist practitioner on the way of enlightenment. After that, videos introducing Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and its founder Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu were presented, then followed by Totem Inquiry videos and clips from Master Jun Hong Lu’s past Dharma Talks. The rich content and sparkling highlights of the Dharma Talk resonated with the Buddhist friends. Many of them expressed their aspirations to start the practice and further study Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings.

In the gathering, some Buddhist practitioners shared their true stories about how practicing Buddhism changed their lives and solved their problems. Brother Shi, a doctor with many years of medical experience, said, “As a doctor, I do believe treating patients is only one of the primary jobs of a doctor, caring for how people feel is also important. Especially in the case that patients’ disease could not be identified or treated, they have to endure suffering and anxiety. To help them deal with the situation, I always recommend them to resort to Buddhism. There was one of my patients, who had severe headache and there was no known cause. I asked him to practice reading Great Compassion Mantra 108 times every day. And then after a period of practice, his headaches disappeared without any treatment.” Another girl shared how she found her lost dog by making big vow of not eating animals killed on her behalf and never eating seafood for the rest of her life. Twelve hours after the vow was made, her dog was luckily found. These miracles witness the greatness of Buddhism and power of faith.

In the afternoon, everyone enjoyed delicious vegetarian meals made by volunteers from Guan Yin Citta Vancouver Chapter. They also prepared a pretty birthday cake, wishing Master Jun Hong Lu good health and remain longer in this world, propagate Buddha’s teachings far and wide.

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Charity Cultural Event held by Master Jun Hong Lu Celebrates Buddhist Festival

Charity Cultural Event held by Master Jun Hong Lu Celebrates Buddhist Festival

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The Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre (ACBRC), the Australian Oriental Media Group and the Australia Oriental Media Buddhist Charity Association organized a large-scale cultural gala at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre on 31 July 2018 to celebrate the 8th Anniversary of the ACBRC and Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day.  Nearly 1,000 people attend this magnificent event, including Buddhist clergy, friends, and spectators from all over the world, as well as over 70 dignitaries such as local politicians, Chinese community leaders and artists in Sydney. ACBRC’s president, Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu, also attended this epic cultural performance.

Dr Hari Harinath, Chairman of Multicultural NSW, and Ms Le Lam, Emeritus Mayor of Auburn City, gave special thanks to the ACBRC for its years of contribution to promoting Buddhist culture and a cohesive multicultural society in their speeches. They praised the great influence of Buddhism’s wisdom on humanity. ACBRC’s Vice-President, Venerable Shi Xin Wu, expressed his gratitude to Guan Yin Bodhisattva. He said ACBRC will be committed to carrying forward Chinese culture and the essence of Buddhism, and promoting charitable activities.

The evening event was composed of four parts. It began with a video introducing the origin of Buddhism, and its transmission and spread in China. The dancers from the Australian Oriental Media Group performed several dance pieces, including “The Thousand-armed Guan Yin Bodhisattva”, “Apsara”, Tibetan Dance, Xinjiang Dance, Peacock Dance, and “Girls from India”.  Artists from India and Thailand added variety to the already mesmerising programs with their splendid dance performances, tinged with Buddhist culture.

Famous Australian singers Jing Feng, Yu Bao, and many award-winning young singers including Anthea Chai, David Li, Haiyang Wu and Sophia Qi altogether took the audience on an emotional journey with their rendition of several popular songs, including “The Wonderful Words of Lotuses”, “Wu Kong”, “The Heart Sutra”, etc. Radio personalities from Australia Oriental Radio, such as Liu Jianping, Li Pu,  Zhao Lijiang and Jing Hua, gave the audience a sense of profundity and serenity with their interpretation of stories about Guan Yin Bodhisattva, and the recitation of the Words of Wisdom from Master Jun Hong Lu.

The Buddhist cultural gala brings together Buddhist philosophy and arts, showcasing the great charm of Buddhism. ACBRC will continue its endeavours to spread Chinese culture and the essence of Buddhism, and contributing to a cohesive multicultural society and a peaceful world.

About the Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre:

Under the leadership of Master Jun Hong Lu, the Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre (ACBRC) has been devoted to promoting traditional Chinese culture and Buddhism ever since its establishment. It organised hundreds of public talks on Buddhism around the world to promote Chinese culture, spread the essence of Buddhism, foster cultural exchanges and world peace. With the Buddhist core values of loving-kindness and compassion, ACBRC encourages people to do good deeds, care for the elderly and young children, support the spread of Buddhism and charities, and play their roles in maintaining harmony and peace around the world.

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