and it still needs a lot of resources, the building of this new "Small Perfection Temple" will then shift away some of its resources. For this reason, I suggested to Guru Lau that this project should be deferred but he responded by saying: "The Will-power is incredible." Then the incident of the Macau centre flashed back in my memory, and so I decided to help out with it. Two days later, I offered two personal cheques to Guru Lau for the two temples. I further suggested that the "Small Perfection Temple" should be renamed as the "Guru's Temple" so that it will have a meaning for its own existence, and Guru Lau was happy to endorse it. Now that the Guru's Temple", even though under strong pressures and obstacles, is coming to its fruition, I have to pay my sincere respects to the perseverence and pure samaya of the person-in-charge. At the same time, it further illustrates that the decision made by Guru Lau more than two years ago was correct.
When Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche came to Hong Kong for the last time in 1984, I usually followed along Guru Lau to pay respects to Rinpoche. Guru Lau asked Rinpoche if he could just focus on one of the three things - the propagating of the Dharma, the translations of Tibetan scriptures into Chinese, and his own practice - as he was spreading himself too thin in doing all three together, particularly when he was getting older. But Rinpoche's reply was that he should continue on with the three things as he had done. Then, Guru Lau asked Rinpoche whether it was appropriate for him to build a Tibetan-style temple in Taiwan, and immediately Rinpoche used his rosary to do a "mo" and the reply was yes, and Rinpoche even said that he would bless the sincere wish of Guru Lau so that it would be fulfilled.
Guru Lau had used up all his energies in order to fulfill the wish of his Root Teacher, that is, to uphold the Victory Banner in all directions for the benefit of all sentient beings. To that end, his respects to Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and to the Dharma were beyond doubt. Finally, Guru Lau asked Rinpoche how old he would be, and Rinpoche was very firm in saying: "You will be as old as I am". At that time, I did not take this at heart, but with hindsight, I came to realize that this was most accurate. Rinpoche was born in 1904 and passed away in 1987; Guru Lau was born in 1914 and passed away in 1997. What a coincidence!
People usually follow certain guiding principles in treating things and events. Yet in history, it often proves that dogmatic principles and "Knowledge" could not help much in times of great changes. The knowledge we hold basically cannot be transformed into power, unless we integrate it with our "experiential knowledge" in order to have its effect. Knowledge and experiential knowledge look very similar, but in reality they are quite different. We can learn knowledge in books and in schools, but knowledge itself cannot be automatically transformed into belief systems. When meeting a difficult situation which needs to be solved immediately, one's character, exposure, experiences, and an enlightened mind are indispensable. All these can be known as "experiential knowledge".


Photo 1.52 Guru lau was making jokes with Kyabje Dudjom Rnipoche II


Even just "experiential knowledge" is not sufficient because it will have its opposites. Those who have high "experiential knowledge" soon find themselves to have many other opponents with lesser “experiential knowledge”, and this is usually the case when "The tune is pitched too high for most ordinary people, and only a few will be able to appreciate it". One needs to integrate both knowledge and experiential knowledge in strengthening one's beliefs, which can then turn into courage, and with this courage the dynamic is set in motion to meet all kinds of opponents and obstacles head on, in order to solve difficult problems. This I call it "courageous knowledge".
The strengthening of confidence can help a person to act without doubts. Hence, even though a person has good knowledge of things, but if he lacks "courageous knowledge", he might feel hesitant and end up in doing nothing. Finally, one needs to have the sentiments of knowing what should and should not be done, together with the right decision as to when is the best time to act, how to do it in a way as to
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