Ardent promoter of Chinese culture and world peace and Winner of multiple international awards
Master Junhong Lu was awarded the “Ambassador for Peace Education” at UN,
“World Peace Ambassador” in U.S. Congress, and “honorary visiting professorship” in Italy
As the founder of the Buddhist practice, Guan Yin Citta, and the promoter of Chinese culture, Master Lu has selflessly and compassionately spreads Chinese culture and Buddhism for nearly 20 years to more than 30 countries and regions around the world. Master Lu shares his view about how ideas from both Buddhism and traditional Chinese culture can help prevent conflicts. If we are willing to put these ideas into practice, peace will certainly be within our reach! Because of his contributions to world peace and intercultural understanding, Master Lu has been widely praised and recognized by the international community.
On March 24th and 26th 2014, Master Lu was awarded the title of ” Ambassadors for Peace Education ” at the United Nations headquarters , and the title of ” World Peace Ambassador ” in the U.S. Congress, respectively. On 1 April 2014,he was awarded ” Honorary Visiting Professorship from the University of Siena in Italy.
Awarded the title of “Ambassador for Peace Education “at the United Nations
On March 24, 2014, Master Lu, was invited to attend the UN-endorsed global summit on world peace at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as a keynote speaker. The summit’s objective is to formulate a road map for a culture of peace as conflict prevention and mediation.
In appreciation for Master Lu’s dedication, outstanding leadership and service to the promotion of education to nurture a culture of peace, the summit awards Master Lu with the title “Ambassador of Peace Education”. The award is presented by Emil Constantinescu, the former president of Romania, and Joana, the executive director of International Strategic Alliance Committee.
At the meeting, Master Lu, together withrepresentatives from UNESCO, the UN-supported Global Peace Initiative of Women, , Yale University , 23 international agencies , and political leaders from across the world, , religious leaders from different faiths , members of parliament from Europe and other coutries, and academics, explore ways to promote a culture of peace so that conflicts can be prevented.
Awarded the title of “World Peace Ambassador “award in the U.S. Congress
On March 26, 2014 in Washington, DC , Master Lu attended a global summit on world peace as a keynote speaker in the U.S. Congress.He was awarded the title of ” World Peace Ambassador ” at the summit. . Participants of thesummit includes Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congressman Dave Joyce,, former CEO of Time Warner , members of the European Parliament , famous American clinical psychologists, political and religious leaders from across the world. This historic moment was witnessed by members of Guan Yin Citta from the United States.
Participants of the summit discussed how and why the culture of peace is required as a foundation to resolve conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Master Lu pointed out that, the dream of a peaceful world could only be realised if we treat each other with compassion , and show kindness to our communities. We could then have wisdom to resolve conflicts. . Master Lu’s ideas and concepts were highly praised byall the distinguished guests in the audience. . They thanked Master Lu for coming all the way from Australia to the U.S. to attend the summit, and his contribution to helping promote the initiative for world peace.
Master Lu’s insightful speech was also praised by Mr. Hellman, the moderator , who is also a famous American lawyer who used to work for governments. He said that 5 years, 10 years or 20 years from now , when we look back, we will definitely remember Master Lu’s speech tonight in the U.S. Congress .
For decades, Mater Lu has been promoting the ideals of compassion, tolerance, equanimity, and fraternity, which are rooted in Buddhism and traditional Chinese culture. With these qualities, we can acquire the wisdom to resolve many conflicts we see in the world, and bring harmony to our society and our planet. Today, through Mater Lu’s efforts, the essence of Buddhism and ideals of religion are able to be welcome by so many people with open arms.
These honors also serve as a testament to the recognition of Guan Yin Citta by the international community, as well as Master Lu’s perseverance with the spread of Buddhism and Chinese culture. There is an increasing number of political leaders, religious leaders, scientists, and academics from around the world acknowledge the fact that, by applying methods and philosophy from Buddhism to real-life situations, we can indeed instill a culture of peace into people, and world peace will no longer be just a dream, but a reality.
The title of “World Peace Ambassador” was a further recognition of Master Lu’s contribution to world peace. In 2013, Master Lu was honoured with the ICD Award for Exceptional Contribution and Peace Advocacy to the Global Community in Berlin, Germany. In 2012, Master Lu was honoured with the World Peace Award (Buddhism) by the UK-based The Unity of Faiths Foundation, and the British Community Honors Award in the United Kingdom.
Awarded Honorary Visiting Professorship by University of Siena in Italy
31 March 2014 marked a very special day. Master Jun Hong Lu, the Ambassador for World Peace and a world-renowned Buddhist teacher, was awarded Honorary Visiting Professorship by the University of Siena at Meliá Roma Aurelia Antica Hotel in Rome, Italy.
The visiting professorship is under the Master Program in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy of the University of Siena, in collaboration with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD). Professor Luca Verzichelli, on behalf of Rector of the University of Siena, presented the award to Master Lu. Erhard Busek, the former Vice Chancellor of Austria, Dr.EratoKozakou-Marcoullis, the former Foreign Minister of Cyprus, and Mark Donfried, Director of ICD all attended the conferring ceremony and praised the ground-breaking work made by Master Lu. Hundreds of Buddhists from Italy, other parts of Europe, and Asia witnessed the moment, with excitement, joy, and gratitude.
The University of Siena is located in Siena, a historic city in central Italy. It was founded in 1240 and is one of the oldest and first publicly funded universities in Italy. It is also one of the prestigious univeristies in Europe. One of the most notable professors of the School of Medicine was Pietro Ispano. Ispano was an illustrious philosopher, physician, and in 1276 became Pope John XXI. The University of Siena is best known for its Schools of Law and Medicine. For more than 700 years, many outstanding physicians, lawyers, and litterateurs have studied at the university, and made great contributions to the country.
At the conferring ceremony, Master Lu wore a red academic gown and a black hood, accepting congratulations from all the distinguished guests. Master Lu expressed deep appreciation towards the University of Siena for the conferral of the professorship. He also expressed his willingness to promote inter-cultural understanding and the unity of faiths, and do all he can to realize the dream of a more peaceful world!
Jun Hong Lu
Jun Hong Lu is the President and Director of 2OR Australia Oriental Radio (2OR). He also serves as the President of the Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre (ACBRC) and the Vice President of the Australian Council of Chinese Organisations (128 organisations in total). Jun Hong Lu is the founder of the Buddhist practice—Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. He has been using his radio programs at 2OR to promote Buddhism and traditional Chinese culture, and spread the message of world peace; hence he is commonly referred to as Master Lu.
【Honours and Awards】In July 2012, the UK-based The Unity of Faiths Foundation honoured Jun Hong Lu with the World Peace Award (Buddhism) and the title of the Ambassador for World Peace in recognition of hisefforts to promote traditional Chinese culture, Buddhism, and world peace. The ceremony took place in Southhall Park, London, and the award was presented by Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London. The Unity of Faiths Festival was one of the events in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
In September 2012, Jun Hong Lu was invited to give a public talk on Buddhism at Harvard University. In October 2012, Jun Hong Lu received the British Community Honours Award at the House of Lords, United Kingdom. This award is recognised and honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for members of the British Community for their contribution to British Society.
In December 2013, Jun Hong Lu, along with dozens of heads of state, leading politicians, and religious leaders from 36 countries, attended the 2013 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany. The conference was hosted by the Iman Foundation and Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD). In recognition of Jun Hong Lu’s contribution to the international community, ICD honoured him with the Award for Exceptional Contribution and Peace Advocacy to the Global Community at the conference.
On March 24, 2014, Master Lu, was invited to attend the UN-endorsed global summit on world peace at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as a keynote speaker. In appreciation for Master Lu’s dedication, outstanding leadership and service to the promotion of education to nurture a culture of peace, the summit awards Master Lu with the title “Ambassador of Peace Education”. On March 26, 2014 in Washington, DC , Master Lu attended a global summit on world peace as a keynote speaker in the U.S. Congress.He was awarded the title of ” World Peace Ambassador ” at the summit.
On 31 March 2014， Master Jun Hong Lu was awarded Honorary Visiting Professorship by the University of Siena at Meliá Roma Aurelia Antica Hotel in Rome, Italy. Jun Hong Lu was born on 4 August 1959 in Shanghai, China. He moved to Australia in the late 80s and is now an Australian citizen.
Jun Hong Lu has been greatly influenced by Confucianism and Buddhism since childhood, and has strong passion for Buddhist studies and Buddhist education. He received guidance from several senior monastics and great Buddhist mentors. Hehas thus attained a deep understanding of Buddhism. Since he moved to Australia, Jun Hong Lu soon started using radio programs to promote traditional Chinese culture, Buddhism, and spread the message of world 【Personal Experience】peace . He is revered by many as an influential spiritual leader in Buddhism. The Buddhist practice he founded—Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door—is aimed to help people attain a peaceful state of mind by encouraging people to recite Buddhist Scriptures, liberate animals from harm, and make great vows to help others. Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door is committed to the ideal of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, which is to be kind and compassionate to all. As of today, followers of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door have been active in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Denmark, etc. With his influence in the Chinese community in Sydney and his role as a President of the Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre, Jun Hong Lu has been helping facilitate inter-cultural understanding among China, Australia, and other parts of the world. He uses his radio programs to bridge the cultural gap between the Chinese community in Sydney and the mainstream Australian society. His work has been noted by leaders in Australia and China. He received the city badge from Frank Sartor, the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney. He alsomet with Kevin Rudd, (former Australian Prime Minister), and Julia Gillard (former Australian Prime Minister).
In 2011Duan Jielong ,Consul General of the Pepole’s Repulbic of China,, paid a visit to 2OR and met with Jun Hong Lu. In 2006, Jun Hong Lu accompanied the 7th Living Buddha Tulku Drupkang of Tibet during his Australian tour. The tour was to promote Tibetan Buddhism and it consisted of a series of talks on Buddhism. Jun Hong Lu received initiation, blessing and guidance from Tulku Drupkang.
【Public Talks on Buddhism Across the Globe】Jun Hong Lu’s website features his talks and lectures on Buddhism, transcripts from his phone-in radio programs, and personal stories from followers of his Buddhist practice. As of November 2013, Jun Hong Lu’s website has attracted 30 millionvisits.
Since 2010, in response to the invitations from followers around the world, Jun Hong Lu has given close to 100 public talks on Buddhism and world peace in more than 30 countries and regions, including major cities in Australia, New York, Los Angeles and Boston in the US; Toronto in Canada. He also gave talks in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Thailand, New Zealand, and Taiwan. In 2012, his Dharma Convention in Hong Kong attracted over 10,000 people to attend. In March 2013, nearly 20,000 people attended the Dharma Convention in Malaysia. In June 2013, 15,000 attended the event in Hong Kong.
【Media Coverage】Jun Hong Lu’s contributions to the international community have also been recognised and covered by the international media, including BBC (UK), Radio France Internationale (France), People’s Daily (China), TVB (Hong Kong), Phoenix Satellite Television (Hong Kong). As of today, over one hundred media agencies, including those in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia, have extensively covered Jun Hong Lu’s activities regarding the spread of Buddhism and the message of world peace.
【Charitable Activities】Jun Hong Lu has been involved in non-profit organisations such as the Sydney Chinese Parents Association, Oxfam, and the Tzu-Chi Foundation. He also volunteered at a nursing homefor five years.. He has been supporting charities such as the Red Cross, the National Stroke Foundation in Australia, Cancer Council Australia, Vision Australia, and the Aged Care Association of New South Wales in Australia. He has made donations to these institutions to the tune of nearly A$ 100,000.
In 1998, Jun Hong Lu donated A$20,000 to support the Yantze River flood relief efforts in China. During the Sichuan earthquake in China, he organized a charity event and donated A$12,000. In 2011, during the Brisbane flood in Australia, over A$10,000 was donated. When the latest earthquake struck Sichuan,China, in 2013, ACBRC provided relief supplies to the tune of A$50,000 to the affected areas. In addition, ACBRC organized a charity program aimed at helping poor students in Tibet. ACBRC raised over A$12,000 for that charity program. In November 2013, ACBRC donated A$20,000 to the Taiwan-based Tzu-Chi Foundation to support its disaster relief programs.
【Publications】Millions of copies of ‘Buddhism in Plain Terms’ and other publications by Jun Hong Luare available for free distribution in North America (US, Canada, Mexico, etc.), Europe (UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, etc.), Australia, East Asia (Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.), and SoutheastAsia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, etc.). Currently, Jun Hong Lu’s publications are in Chinese and English. They are being translated into German, Spanish, French, and Japanese.