Vegan Food Tasting Event in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – 27 May 2023

Johor Bahru, located in the southern state of Johor, Malaysia, is a place where the cultures and economies of Malaysia and Singapore converge due to its proximity to Singapore. Johor Bahru has a large population, and its people, belonging to different ethnic groups, live harmoniously and enjoy abundance in their lives. Now, they are blessed once again by the compassionate presence of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, as after a four-year gap, the Johor Bahru Ling Tai Chang Spiritual Practice Center of Malaysia organized a multinational vegan food tasting event here, forming connections with the local community. This shows the profound blessings that the people of Johor Bahru have received.

On May 27, 2023, as the eastern sky turned a pale white, more than 500 volunteers from all over Malaysia gathered at the Johor Jaya venue. These volunteers, dressed in red, came from various regions such as Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Sabah, Labuan, Perak, Pahang, Malacca, Penang, and even neighboring countries like Indonesia and Singapore, proving that distance was not a barrier for their participation.

They all came from far and wide, solely to present a variety of delicious vegan dishes to the public that evening. Among them were masterful chefs and newcomers to the world of vegan cuisine, all filled with gratitude and joy in the Dharma. They wholeheartedly dedicated themselves to this vegan feast, aiming to demonstrate to the public that vegan food is not merely ordinary daily fare but can also be a mouthwatering banquet.

Simple and rough ingredients, when handled skillfully by the volunteers, transformed into a colorful array of dishes. Through the dedicated efforts of the volunteers, over 20 unique international delicacies were prepared. In addition to traditional Hakka-stuffed tofu, there were Indonesian-style satay, American-style fried vegan KFC, Chinese-style braised vegetarian sea cucumber with mushrooms, vegetarian Dongpo rou (braised pork), fragrant ganxiang skewers, Hong Kong-style lotus leaf rice, Japanese sushi, Korean-style cold and stir-fried glass noodles, and even Burmese salad and Vietnamese spring rolls. This event showcased that vegan food knows no borders, and any cuisine can be recreated in a meatless way.

Starting from late afternoon, the fortunate people of Johor Bahru began arriving at the venue. Before the event started, the venue was already packed with thousands of people! It was evident that everyone was eagerly looking forward to this grand occasion. Many attendees were captivated by the exquisite presentation at the serving area. Even before tasting the food, they were already satisfying their appetite with the photos they took on their phones. Every appreciative glance and every smile of contentment confirmed the dedication of each volunteer towards creating delectable dishes. The event proved that delicious food was no longer an unreachable rumor but could be found right beside us.

The Vegan Food Tasting Event began with a Dharma talk by Venerable Lu Junhong, the abbot of Ling Tai Chang. “Thai cuisine connects everyone’s hearts,” he said. Today, we gather here by fate to partake in vegan food together and share the joy of the Dharma. This auspicious event is made possible by the deep connections between each person and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. Through this meal, everyone can cultivate their affinity with the Buddha and reduce their intake of meat. In the process, they can minimize the burden on their bodies caused by heavy meat consumption and contribute to restoring ecological balance by reducing the slaughter of animals. Veganism is an act of compassion, not only stopping the shedding of blood and tears of sentient beings through personal actions but also a simple and practical way to protect the Earth, nurturing countless lives. The profound meaning behind veganism is evident.

Before the public began their meal, children from the Buddhist children’s class of Johor Branch recited the Great Compassion Mantra on the scene, filling the venue with their lively voices, bringing a positive and energetic atmosphere to this grand event. In addition to this, the Vegan Food Tasting Event also included a lucky draw activity, with 15 generous prizes that brought joy to the masses! The attendees couldn’t help but marvel at the success of this event, which not only provided a delicious free dinner but also introduced them step by step to the Ling Tai Chang teachings, offering a way out of the suffering of samsara.

As the ancients said, “When Heaven imposes a great task, it must first test one’s determination, exert one’s physical strength, let one’s body suffer from hunger, deplete one’s physical energy, disrupt one’s plans, and bring one to emptiness.” Today, what can be presented before the public, in terms of cuisine and drink, bears witness to the months or even years of hard work put in by the volunteers. Each volunteer played their part diligently, ensuring that vegan food is presented in the most exquisite manner. The positive response from the attendees demonstrates the successful achievement of this grand event’s objectives.

Since 2500 years ago, the Buddha proclaimed, “All sentient beings possess the Buddha nature.” Every person possesses an innate goodness and conscience. The volunteers, through the skillful preparation of vegan food, offer it as a form of nourishment to the future Buddhas who come to consume it, enabling everyone to establish a karmic connection with the Buddha. Each volunteer, working together with unwavering dedication, selflessly passes on the compassionate light of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas. The volunteers’ selfless dedication has elevated the beauty of vegan food, bringing the Vegan Food Tasting Event to a perfect conclusion, fulfilling their wholesome merits.

The resounding success of this Vegan Food Tasting Event is attributed to the tireless efforts of every volunteer. Through this event, people not only rediscovered vegan food but also found a way to solve the problems of life through spiritual cultivation. Let us sincerely express our deepest gratitude on this day, recognizing the kindness and compassion of the Buddha. Gratitude to all.

Master Jun Hong Lu's Public Talk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a Great Success

Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a Great Success

Master Jun Hong Lu's Public Talk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our honourable, respected Buddhist Master Lu Jun Hong graced yet another Malaysia Buddhist Fellowship Conference 2019 at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) Kuala Lumpur this past weekend (20th October 2019).

The crowd numbered in the tens of thousands; consisting of Buddhist practitioners and followers from all over the world including North America, Europe, East Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Africa and last but not least South East Asian neighbouring countries.

Everything ran smoothly from start to finish; from the all-day fantastic weather to the perfectly selected venue of PWTC with its’ strategic location right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City. The event venue spanned across 3 halls to accommodate the massive crowd; with Hall 1 being the main event venue and complementary Halls 2 & 3 were also fitted with giant projector screens and comfortable seatings to accommodate everyone.

Attendees streamed into the event venue as early as 6am; to secure seats as well as to explore the venue – which was decorated with various backdrops depicting Master Lu’s awards and accolades for his contribution to Buddhism from various World Organizations; as well as his wise Buddhist quotes. There were also complimentary giveaways of Master Lu’s books on Buddhism in over 40 titles. 

Thousands of volunteers worked hard to make the event a grand success; grouped into various smaller departments including “Complimentary Giveaways”, “Promotional Materials”, “ Medical Support”, “ Transportation”, “International Language Translation”, “ Sanitary and Cleaning”, “ Catering” etc.

Master Lu arrived at approximately 2.20pm and took to the stage amidst loud applause and cheers. Excitement was rife as everyone either clapped or put their palms together to greet our beloved Buddhist Master in unison. Master Lu certainly brought joy and blessings to everyone with his presence!
It was truly an auspicious and blessed day for everyone who attended the event and to be enlightened by the words of wisdom of Master Lu. Let’s cherish the rare affinities we have with Master Lu and Guan Yin Bodhisattva and may we meet again in the near future. 

All in all, it was indeed a very successful event. Thank you everyone for coming!

Master Jun Hong Lu

Master Jun Hong Lu

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.