In the evening of August 31, 2018, with the opening remark made by the mayor of Hamburg and dazzling firework show lighting up the sky, the 7th “China Time” takes place in the beautiful harbor city of Hamburg, Germany. The “China Time” was initiated by the Hamburg Senate and has been organized every two years since 2006, aiming to enhance mutual friendship between China and Germany, deepen cooperation on culture, politics, education, and economy. With the motto of “Pulse of the City”, the 23-day event of this year covers all sorts of programs and activities, including exhibitions, workshops, concerts, lectures, readings, dramas, films, sports and food events.
At the invitation of Hamburg Municipal Government, Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Association of Germany participated in the workshop session and organized a Chinese-German bilingual free seminar at Gemeinschaftshaus Berne on September 1, 2018. Revolving the topic of “Practicing Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door leads to a healthy and happy life”, the 3-hour seminar explored the connection between Buddhist practice and healthy lifestyle, providing insights into some of the core concepts of Buddhism and Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings. Over 180 guests attended this seminar, including 60 western friends and some of the dignitaries such as local scholars and doctors, as well as the Princess Jacqueline von Schoenaich-Carolath -Schilden and her daughter. More than 40 Buddhist friends from Denmark, Munich, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Hannover, Bremen, Kiel and Hamburg participated in the volunteer work.
The seminar was divided into four parts: introduction, Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s public talks, story sharing, and free vegetarian tasting. At 13:00pm, the seminar began with an astonishing clip introducing Master Jun Hong Lu’s worldwide Dharma propagation activities and great contributions to the world peace, providing guests insights into the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and its founder, Master Jun Hong Lu. Then the chairman of Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Association of Germany, Hong Cen Jin, thoroughly introduced the development of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Buddhist practice centers in Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, and Bonn.
In the third part of the seminar, attendees watched a clip of a public talk by Master Jun Hong Lu about “The reasons for going vegetarian”. In the clip, Master Jun Hong Lu said, “Being a vegetarian is a very compassionate act. It helps people refrain from killing, understand the unconditional compassion and empathy, invoke the notion of “integrality”. When a person committed to the vegetarian lifestyle, all the sentient beings can actually feel the power of compassion and mercy. Because of that, the person who disciplines himself or herself to go vegetarian can raise the positive energy level, which helps the person lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, improve digestive function. Additionally, the ancient sages also told us that choosing vegetarian is to choose health. It helps people attain compassion, increase wisdom, receive blessings, and be away from disasters. It also contributes to the earth protection and benefits future generations. ”
In the aspect of mind cultivation, Master Jun Hong Lu said, “We have been living like actors in the ups and down of our life, busily living a lifetime just for food and clothing. Maybe not until the day we are leaving this world, we may realize the ultimate nature of life is emptiness. Maybe not until the moment we are staying in hospital, we may believe that we have nothing at all. What we gained before is essentially not ours. Pathetically, we took a lifetime to pursue those unattainable objects, and sacrificed the time with our loved ones. Buddha ever said, “All things contrived are like dream, illusion, bubble, shadow, and as dewdrop or lightning. They should be regarded as such.” “We should develop a mind which does not abide in anything.” Buddha’s teachings told us to detach ourselves from these sensual attachments which will generate greed.” Master Jun Hong Lu’s talk deeply impressed everyone at present, bringing them an experience of spiritual sublimation.
After the public talk by Master Jun Hong Lu, the host then introduced the “Four Golden Buddhist Practices” to the guests, which include making vows, reciting Buddhist scriptures, performing life liberation, and learning Buddhism in Plain Terms, the series of books that crystallize the wisdom of Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings.
Then the seminar processed to the story sharing session. Three Buddhist friends with different backgrounds shared how their lives were changed by practicing Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. The first person speaking on stage was Ms. Li from Düsseldorf. She is a research scientist specialized in weapon design and engineering. In 2011, she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and suffered in great pain. It was at that time that she was introduced to Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and started the Buddhist practice. Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings lighted up her hope and saved her life on the verge of death. Soon after survived cancer, another unfortunate event befell Ms. Li on April 11, 2012. She was hit by a car and injured badly in her spinal cord, where the fourth quarter of the lumbar vertebrae was broken. The doctor said that there may be sequelae after the operation, which would oppress the lumbar nerves and cause paralysis. At this critical moment, Master Jun Hong Lu mercifully helped her do the Totem reading and provided her specific number of Little Houses and fishes for liberation. After making great vow, performing recitations and life liberations according to Master Jun Hong Lu’s advice, Ms. Li was gradually recovered from the injury and could walk on her own with a cane. On September 27, 2013, when Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk took place at Frankfurt, she was honored to become one of Master Jun Hong Lu’s disciples. After Master Jun Hong Lu blessed her, she was able to bend down her waist and fully recovered. During Ms. Li’s sharing, many guests and Buddhist friends were moved to tears and deeply touched by Master Jun Hong Lu’s great compassion and great mercy.
The second story was shared by Ms. Dezfuli, a doctor who has her own clinic in Hamburg, and with international work experience in Canada, United States, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Three years ago, she suffered from severe spinal disease, staying in bed and unable to move. As a doctor, she tried out all kinds of treatments and received very little effect. It wasn’t until she met doctor Chen, a Buddhist practitioner in Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, who introduced Master Jun Hong Lu’s books to her, that her illness took a favorable turn. With the daily practice of chanting Buddhist scriptures, she found herself on the right track of recovery. Since then, she started to attend the group study at the Guan Yin Citta Practice Center in Hamburg every month with no absence. She said, “It’s interesting that even though I don’t know any Chinese word, I still feel comfortable in the environment with so many Chinese friends, and connected to the Guan Yin Bodhisattva. In 2017, after participating Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk in Paris, many positive changes have taken place in my life. I know that without practicing Buddhism, all these could not happen. I’m feeling more energetic and vital right now, even my family members and friends are saying so. As a doctor, I do believe that wise treatment brings real therapeutic effects, and work experience offers insight into the real cause behind diseases. But beyond that, some Buddhist approaches, especially the practice of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, undoubtedly provide methods to fill the gaps in contemporary medicine and successfully overcome some of the unsolvable problems and intractable diseases. I am so grateful to have such an amazing experience in my life.” The third sharing was from Ms. Cao, who started practicing Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door in mid-July 2015. During the three years’ practice, she successfully sold her restaurant and cured her daughter’s disease.
After the heartfelt story sharing, all the attendees watched an interesting Totem Reading clip from Master Jun Hong Lu’s past Public Talk and enjoyed delicious vegetarian meals together. There were over 45 kinds of exquisite cuisines with diversified flavors. The delicious, homemade desserts all made by volunteers and won praise from the guests. The seminar was a huge success, promoting core values of Buddhism and Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings to more people. Looking forward to the next “China Time” two years later and bringing more diversified activities.