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.
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!"
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.
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