many Hindu and Buddhist leaders in India. This trip had implanted in him a deeply-felt experience and new inspiration, and he soon came to realize that the rich spiritual sources of Asian civilization complemented the rich materialistric sources of Western civilization. Since then, I started to have a strong interest in the Eastern Traditions.
My first contact with Buddhism amazed me with its vastness and completeness, in terms of its philosophical premises and religious practices. After reading the book called "The Essentials of the Various Schools in Buddhism" by Mr. Wong Cham-Wah, I started to have a more complete and clearer picture of what Chinese Buddhism is all about. Then, I further read the books of "The Fundamentals of Buddhism" and "The Healthy Experiences of Yan Si-tse Meditational Techniques" by Mr. Chiang Wai-kiu in order to know more about the practice of Buddhist meditation.

Meeting My Predestined Teacher

Buddhism always teachers "the mentioning of eating cannot satisfy hunger", and so one needs to really put the teachings into practice, in order to be liberated. I was most fortunate to have participated in the 11th Meditational Class taught by Guru Lau in 1968 when I was aged 15. My first impression of him was that of a middle-aged man of high-spirit and with a loud voice. During the class, Guru Lau told us that he was a school teacher and he liked youngsters because they were energetic and full of vitality. Yet he warned them: "It is important to have perseverance in order that one achieve anything!"
Guru Lau had high expectations of his students and was very concerned about their practices. He always emphasized that, with his teacher Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche's kind permission, this secretive Tibetan Buddhist meditation could now be opened to the public. Guru Lau reiterated that his students should feel precious about this teaching, and should take it to their hearts when doing the practice. After the Class was over, Guru Lau asked the students to return to the centre once a week for his checking of their bodily postures. After a while, Guru Lau started to give teachings on the practice of "Hsiao-chih-kuan" (on samatha and vipasyana by Rev. Chih-I of the Tien-tai School). Later, he gave further teachings on the "Prajnaparamitahrdaya Sutra" (Heart Sutra) and its commentaries from the Vajrayana perspective.

Personal Example of Guru Lau

I personally believed that the taming of the mind is most important. Hence, I joined Guru Lau's class on Buddhist teachings and learned more about Buddhism. Through these classes, I came to know him well and his daily life. All through the years, whenever there were holidays (like the Chinese New Year, the summer and winter holidays) Guru Lau would go for retreats and diligently practice the Dharma, as if there was no time left for other activities. In order to make a living for his wife and two children, Guru Lau had to work two jobs, teaching in two private schools, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. After work, Guru Lau would then go to the Dharma centre either to give teachings, or to help out with the centre's activities till very late. By the time he carried his tired body back home, it was almost 11 p.m. He slept for a while, then work up at around 2:30 a.m. in the morning and started his practice till 5 a.m. After a short nap, he woke up at 6 a.m. and got ready for the next day again. Like this, his routine life had continued for many years until his retirement at age 60 in 1975.
This has left a very strong impression on my mind that Guru Lau was an extremely hard-working man, diligently practiced the Dharma and worked endlessly and tirelessly for the benefit of others
I came to realize that, except for only one occasion when Guru Lau accepted the offering of Mr. Lee Sai-wah to sponsor his trip to India, he had never received any offerings from others for his daily expenses. When both of his children had grown up, they started supporting their parents. Only later, when a lot of his disciples earnestly requested him to accept their offerings, in order to give them a chance for accumulating merit, that Guru Lau finally agreed to accept offerings. Yet, he would insist to do so only during initiations, and would not otherwise. All his daily expenses were to be borne by his two children.. Without aiming for any kind of personal gains in terms of wealth, fame, glofy and power, Guru Lau worked tirelessly for the propagation of the Dharma for the Chinese people, and dedicated himself whole-heartedly, even without the slightest concern for


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