From August 9 to 12, 2018, a group of 40 Buddhist practitioners from New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Vancouver, Toronto, Ann Arbor, Dublin, and Beijing gathered at the city center of Boston, launched series of Dharma propagation activities to promote Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s Dharma Talk in New York on October 14, 2018. The series of propagations achieved full success, with over 2000 flyers handed out along with lots of free newspapers, Buddhist books, vegetarian cookbooks, DVDs, and free admission tickets of the Dharma Talk distributed.
The propagation activities in Boston once more witnessed the miracle of team work and collective strength. Under the guidance of Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings, practitioners were honestly practicing the core values of Buddhism with the right faith and right understanding. Although the weather in Boston was inclement, heavy rain falling all through the days, every practitioner lifted their spirits and walked through the streets of Chinese communities and neighborhoods, distributing flyers and books. Every night, all the Buddhist practitioners gathered together at a meeting room to learn Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings from the books of Buddhism in Plain Terms and then they held engaging discussions. The short three-day gathering closely bonded all the practitioners together with the exchange of heartfelt personal testimony and the share of the great common aspiration of spreading the wisdom of Buddhism to more sentient beings.
On August 12, 2018, the propagation activity reached its climax. By setting up a booth in a heavy-traffic area in the center of Chinatown, large crowds were attracted, coming up to learn about the Guan Yin Citta and details of the Public Talk in New York. Surprisingly, some of them have already started the practice of reciting Buddhist scriptures. They expressed their wishes of having a Guan Yin Citta Chapter in Boston to practice together and provide mutual support.
One of the pedestrians said, “It’s so great to know that Master Jun Hong Lu will visit New York again. Six years ago, my family and I attended Master Lu’s Public Talk at Harvard University. It’s a wonderful experience and benefited me a lot in every aspect of my life. I really hope Master Jun Hong Lu will visit Boston again in the near future.” The overwhelming response from the local Chinese community surprised every brother, inspiring them to work even harder in the propagation.
To better serve the local Buddhist friends, the Boston practice group even provided free round-trip shuttle buses between Boston and New York for all the friends who want to join the event. It’s quite gratifying that at the end of the propagation, quite a number of people registered and reserved the seats of the bus.
Master Jun Hong Lu said in his public talk in Brisbane this year that “As a Buddhist practitioner bravely riding the wind and waves on the sea of life to transmit Dharma, it’s crucial to bear in mind loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.” This extraordinary campaign in Boston does exemplify the teachings of Master Jun Hong Lu and raise awareness of the core values of Buddhism. Wish the coming New York Dharma Talk a huge success and help more sentient beings regain serenity and happiness!