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Grand Free Vegetarian Tasting Event in Paris promotes Master Jun Hong Lu’s upcoming Dharma Talk in Europe

Grand Free Vegetarian Tasting Event in Paris promotes Master Jun Hong Lu’s upcoming Dharma Talk in Europe

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On July 7, 2019, a large scale free vegetarian tasting event took place at Lune de Miel restaurant in Belleville neighborhood of Paris, France. Almost 1000 people attended the event and spent a memorable day to share food, good company and entertainment. This is a free event, run by Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Association of Paris dedicated to promoting core values of Buddhism and traditional Chinese culture. It is also a good opportunity to promote the upcoming Dharma Talks by Master Jun Hong Lu in Paris and Amsterdam in September 2019. As a world-renowned Buddhist teacher, Master Jung Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings have helped tens of thousands of people connect with Buddhist wisdom and overcome life’s difficult challenges.

Over the past years, Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Association of Paris has been committed to seeking ways to apply the insights from Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings to situations of social, health, injustice and help people alleviate from suffering. The non-profit organization is closely connected to the local communities and has organized diverse activities, such as free Dharma class for kids, free vegetarian events to spread Buddhism and the essence of traditional Chinese culture. As the founder of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu has been dedicated to promoting world peace and presented with various awards and honors by the international community. During the past few years, Master Jun Hong Lu has been invited multiple times as a keynote speaker for the Commemoration of the United Nations Vesk Day, which was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

The grand free vegetarian event consists of several sessions, including inspiring speech video by Master Jun Hong Lu , educational Totem Inquiry Cases, delicious vegetarian meals, testimonies from Buddhist friends, and amazing performances by Buddhist kids from Guan Yin Citta reciting Great Compassion Mantra. Although many of the attendees joined the event for the first time, they came with no idea of what they were getting into and left committed to a whole foods plant-based diet and new perspective of living a Buddhist life. They not only discovered the advantages of vegetarian food, but also learned the benefits of Buddhist practice, which can navigate one’s life goes smoother. At the end, many attendees consulted volunteers about the practice and require the tickets for the Dharma Talk in September 2019. One of the attendees said, “I really look forward to the conference every two years, knowing that I will be able to reach out to wonderful people and that I will leave feeling inspired by the outstanding speech by Master Jun Hong Lu. It will definitely be the highlight of my year. ”

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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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The 23rd installment of Free Vegetarian Tasting Series at Guan Yin Citta Paris Chapter

The 23rd installment of Free Vegetarian Tasting Series at Guan Yin Citta Paris Chapter

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Swift fly the years. It’s been over two years since Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Buddhist Association of Paris started the first Free Vegetarian Tasting Series in 2016. Being held in a regular basis, the event has become one of most favorable thematic activities served for the local communities and neighborhood. On July 8, 2018, the 23rd installment of the event successfully took place at Guan Yin Citta Paris Chapter, attracting over 200 Buddhist friends both old and new. It offered one of the best platforms to bring the Buddhist teachings to life and spread the benefits of vegetarian eating to people.

The Introduction of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door” is the theme of this event that mainly served to the new beginners and first-time visitors to Guan Yin Citta Paris Chapter. Volunteers first thoroughly introduced the origins of the six Buddha and Bodhisattvas worshipped at Guan Yin Hall, including Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Nanjing Bodhisattva, Tai Sui Bodhisattva, Guan Di Bodhisattva, Zhou Tsang Bodhisattva and Guan Ping Bodhisattva. The introduction effectively increased attendees’ cognition about the Dharma Door and ultimate goal of Buddhist practice. Subsequently, detailed descriptions of how to make incense offerings, how to prostrate and pray to the Bodhisattvas, and how to set up altar at home were made. It provided useful information and practical ways for new beginners to avoid mistakes in daily practice.

During the event, two practitioners presented heartfelt stories in their experience of Buddhist practice. One of the practitioners said he was once a terminal cancer patient, who defeated the disease and made a miraculous recovery by practicing the “Three Golden Gems” according to the teachings of Master Jun Hong Lu. Right now, he is physically strong and mentally sound. With a heart full of gratitude, he is now one of the volunteers at the Guan Yin Citta Paris Chapter, guarding the teachings of Buddha. Another Buddhist friend shared how she released from the suffering of severe migraine headache by performing life liberation, making vows, and reciting Buddhist scriptures. She said, “Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and its “Three Golden Gems” in Buddhist practice are real and effective. After I started the practice according to the Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings for a very short of time, the headache disappeared without any treatment. I was so grateful to Guan Yin Budhisattva and Master Jun Hong Lu.”

Many of the Buddhist friends coming to the event this time had really deep karmic affinities with Buddha. They enjoyed watching the videos of Totem Inquiry and listening to Master Jun Hong Lu’s Dharma Talk. In spite of the hot weather in Paris, some attendees made their trips to the chapter far from other communities and places. They initiatively asked volunteers how to start the practice and requested books to read. Many new Buddhist friends even expressed their ardent expectation to experience the great compassion from Master Jun Hong Lu and listen to his live Public Talk in the next year’s Dharma Talk in Paris.

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New Children Dharma Class at Guan Yin Hall, Paris

New Children Dharma Class at Guan Yin Hall, Paris

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There’s nothing more important than helping our children be more focused, calm and relaxed with good hearts and mindfulness. Instilling basic Buddhist values, such as compassion, empathy, and altruism, into children will benefit them in a long run and effectively promote their cognitive and socioemotional development. This is why Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Buddhist Association of Paris started the Children Dharma Class in late Fall of 2017, dedicated to planting the seeds of Dharma into the awareness of young minds. Using an innovative teaching style and fun activities, the program exposes kids into a joyful, funny and relaxing learning environment and makes Buddha’s teachings more easier to grasp.

On Jun 23, 2018, the ninth Children Dharma Class started at Guan Yin Hall in Paris and dozens of kids attended. The main topic of this class is “The Virtue of Patience”. It aims to help children explore how to deal with conflicts and anger by arising the awareness of forgiveness, tolerance and forbearance. In daily life, it’s quite normal and inevitable that kids fight and fall out with each other because of varies issues. Parents normally intervene to take action. But beyond that is the better way to help kids learn to manage their emotions. In this class, through the study of several interesting Buddhist stories from Master Jun Hong Lu’s books, the kids harvested some practical methods to deal with this issue. At the end of one of the stories, Master Jun Hong Lu said, “When we were in the situations making us feel angry, we need to focus on what our breathing actually feels like, calm down our mind and slow down heart rate. Understanding the other person’s perspective will stimulate the growth of love and our capacity to endure and to accept. When it increases to a certain point, the feeling of anger will dissipate.”  

To help the less motivated learners take part in, volunteer teachers invited some of the kids to act out roles in their favorite stories and become a part of a play drama. By using the role-play, kids had a deeper understanding about how to concern for people and their views. Afterwards, the kids and teachers played cooperative fun games together. One of the volunteer said, “Dealing with anger is a big issue for kids. First, letting them be more aware of their emotions is important. Then providing them the opportunities to cultivate the virtue of patience is essential. This will help kids raise the awareness of valuing other perspectives and people, which is one of the best ways to boost compassion and love. As a matter of fact, if we practice the Four Immeasurable Minds of loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity according to Buddha’s teaching, our heart will grow. And we will have the capacity to accept everything. “

Finally, under the instructions of volunteer teachers, every kid learned how to write the Chinese character “Patience”. Everyone was excited and grateful for having such a good opportunity to learn so much. They are looking forward to the next gathering in the near future.

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Paris is buzzing as the grand New Year Carnival Parade gets into full swing, Guan Yin Citta Paris

Paris is buzzing as the grand New Year Carnival Parade gets into full swing, Guan Yin Citta Paris

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On February 25, 2018, a grand New Year Carnival Parade took off from the 44 Avenue d’Ivry and ended on the Boulevard Masséna at the Chinese quarter in the 13th arrondissement, Paris. As one of the oldest parades in the Paris, it has been held in the Chinese quarter for over 30 years. And it is one of the most exciting festive events to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The estimated number of participants in this event is over 100,000, far surpassing crowd expectations.

The Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Association of Paris was also invited to participate in the parade. Volunteers from Guan Yin Citta carefully decorated the float vehicle and it attracted many people’s attention. Attached on both sides of the vehicle were the big banners with the words of the introductions of Master Jun Hong Lu and Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. Some Buddhist friends and their kids were holding lotus flowers and handwritten signs with words “LOVE, COMPASSION, JOY, EQUANIMITY” to transmit the Buddhism concepts to the public. The festive atmosphere permeated everywhere.

From the moment the parade began, the event booth of Guan Yin Citta has turned into a crowd magnet. It’s noisy and with constant buzz. Many people were drawn in by the books published by Master Jun Hong Lu, which were all distributed for free on site. One of the gems among these books is the series of Buddhism in Plain Terms. Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu goes into further details and expounds the Buddha’s teachings in a context which a contemporary reader can relate to. He uses vivid examples in daily life to create the bond between the readers and Dharma, helping readers understand the world from Buddhist perspectives. All these books cater to the readers with varied interests, aspirations and tastes. The subjects of these books range from health, fengshui, marriage and relationships, to Buddhist philosophy.

In spite of the cold weather, volunteers from Guan Yin Citta upheld the spirit of self-giving and spread positive energy to the public. They prepared delicious vegetarian snacks and gifts for everyone coming over to the booth. Nearly 100 volunteers attended this grand event in Paris. They are grateful to Guan Yin Budhisattva for having such an amazing opportunity to broadly form good affinities with so many people.

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