Bardo Yoga, and
Consciousness Transference Yoga) are the branches. Thus , if one is
not practicing Dummo well, then all the other five yogas cannot be practiced
well, and this is the main reason why in our tradition the Dummo practice
is the root of all the other five yogas.
In September of the same year, after a discussion with Professor Lo
Si-hin, Guru Lau decided to establish an "Institute of Buddhist Studies"
at the Dharma centre. A two-year university level course on Buddhist
Studies, with four semesters, was designed to prepare and develop human
resources for the future propagation of Dharma in Hong Kong. Guru Lau
was responsible for the directed study of such works as the "Lam-rim
Chen-mo", "Graduated Path of the Tantrayana", "Dzogchen of Longchen
Nyingthig", "The Light of Lam-dre", "A Comparative Perspective on the
Different Schools of the Mahamudra Tradition", and other works of the
four main schools of Vajrayana. Professor Lo was responsible for the
directed study of the "Abhisamayalamkara Sastra" in conjunction with
the "Astasahasrika-prajnaparamita Sutra", "Vajracchedika-prajnaparamita
Sutra", "Commentary on the Vijnaptimatratasiddhi Sastra", "Yogacarabhumi
Sastra", and other works of both Madhyamika and Yogacara schools of
Mahayana sutras and sastras.
Mr. Li Yung-sang and Mr. Lam Yung-kan were responsible for the study
of Buddhist logic according to both traditions of Dignaga and Dharmakirti,
including the work of "Nyayapravesa" by Sankarasvamin, as well as the
works of such Chinese scholars as Chau Chuk-kar, Chan Tai-chee, Hung
Sub-lik and Lui Cheng. Ms. Yip Man-yi was responsible for the directed
study of such works as "Dirghagama", "Madhyamagama", "Adbidharmakosa-bhasya",
"Samayabhe-dopara-canacakra", and other works of both Vaibhashika and
Sautrantika schools of Hinayana sutras and sastras. In this way, I began
to have a much clearer picture of Hinayana Mahayana and Vajrayana from
a holistic perspective.
Guru Lau also encouraged us young people to participate both in Buddhist
studies and in the daily activities of the Dharma centre. Guru Lau warned
us time and again that "knowledge and practice must go hand in hand,
one without the other is nothing, and so you must be trained in both
categories, like the two wheels of a truck, or the two wings of a bird."
In this way, it helps to develop one's own spiritual capacity (wisdom)
on the one hand, and to accumulate merit on the other. In this way,
one can be more assured of the right direction while treading on the
path of liberation and enlightenment.
From his many years of experience, in terms of study and cultivation,
practice and religious attainment, together with the spread of Dharma,
Guru Lau was well aware of the possible dangers and pitfalls for modern
practitioners on the path. In order to pinpoint the exact problems and
issues that one may encounter, Guru Lau had specifically given us instructions
on the kinds of precautions that we should take on the path, in order
to become more conscious of the dangers and pitfalls that might occur
to us in the future.
In this respect, Guru Lau had focused on the "Four Main Principles for
Buddhist Practitioners", namely:-
"To Generate the altruistic mind of Bodhicitta;
With the Right View and Right Knowledge;
To Strictly Adhere to the Silas and Vows; and
Diligently Practise the Holy Dharma."
He also erected the Motto for the Dharma Centre:-
"To Emphasize the People,
the Practice and the Teachings - this is the Wish Bodhicitta; To Make
Donations, Efforts and Strong Will-Power- this is the Action Bodhicitta."
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his students to study hard, Guru Lau himself had put this into practice
by going to Taiwan to study the Tibetan language, after his retirement
at the age of 60 in 1975, with a few of his Taiwanese disciples. As
rightly mentioned by Yogi C.M. Chen in his preface to the Chinese "Commentary
to the Na Rak Dong Truk Tantra" (by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and translated
by Guru Lau): "Dharma Brother Lau will go wherever he finds the Dharma.
Not only taking refuge for himself, he asks others to do the same. Hence,
wherever he goes, it is a Dharma centre. This time he is most fortunate
to have met his great Guru simply because of his pure intention in whole-heartedly
searching for the Dharma." ..CONTINUE..