Master Lu: Charity Is the Foundation for World Peace
Interview Date: September 21st, 2014
Interview Location: New York Hilton Hotel
Interview: Lu Jun Hong, President of Australia Oriental Radio
(Mr.Lu Jun Hong, Ambassador for World Peace and Buddhist Master.Photo: Zhong Min Peng)
Master Lu Jun Hong is well-known amongst 90% of the overseas Chinese all over the world. He is the President and Director of 2OR Australia Oriental Radio & TV. 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.
Master Lu has been the President of Chinese-language radio stations in Australia for the past 20 years. Hence, he is highly regarded by Chinese listeners.
Master Lu Jun Hong is an unwavering advocate for Chinese culture and world peace.
Master Lu has been devoted to promoting Chinese culture and Buddhism for the past 20 years. In the meantime, he has been making great contributions to the cause of world peace by promoting cultural exchanges in Australia and around the world.
His mission is to spread the message of world peace throughout the world.
He helps people with different cultural backgrounds understand the importance of peace.
He also seizes every opportunity to make positive contributions to the development and prosperity of Australia.
Master Lu helps people understand the essence of Buddhism. By using plain language to explain the profound teachings of the Buddha, Master Lu encourages people to devote themselves to charitable activities and the practice of Buddhism, so that we all can change our lives for the better.
(Danish Reporter Peng Zhong Min Interviewed Lu Jun Hong, Ambassador for World Peace and Buddhist Master, in New York.
Master Lu: Charity Is the Foundation for World Peace;Photo:2OR Australia Oriental Radio
International Dignitaries Support the Cause of World Peace
At 9.30 am on September 23rd, 2014, the 69th United Nations General Assembly opened at the UN headquarters in New York.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had invited world leaders from government, finance, business, and civil society to the Climate Summit on September 23rd, 2014, to galvanize and catalyze climate action.
During his speech, Ban Ki-moon said that it was the concern of the international community in this session of the General Assembly to bring about progress in the areas of peace, development, and human rights, and that expectations were high.
(UN Secretary-General Mr.Ban Ki-moon; Photo: Zhong Min Peng)
Ban Ki-moon informed the attendants in the United Nations Headquarters that they were about to partake in a series of discussions addressing climate change, the protection of indigenous peoples, and promote the health of women and children, the fight against Ebola, and many other issues of peace and security.
Ban Ki-moon spoke at the press conference and said that the world is facing multiple crises from Syria, Iraq, to Mali, crises threatening global and regional peace and security, especially for civilians and children.
During a closed meeting before the concluding remarks, the Chairman of the current session Sam Kutesa said: In the past week the joint United Nations Member States representatives – including 117 heads of state and heads of government, three vice presidents, eight prime ministers and 56 deputy ministers – gathered in the City Hall, shared their visions for the future, and discussed the common challenges. During the above-mentioned meetings, the Asian foreign ministers addressed the recent tensions in Tokai, uttered their deep concern, and urged the countries concerned to exercise restraint and not to use force or threat of force but instead to resort to peaceful settlement of disputes based on international law, while emphasizing the importance of regional peace and stability as well as maritime security and freedom of navigation.
(Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi; Photo: Zhong Min Peng)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said: “Countries need to pursue mutually beneficial cooperation with each other for world peace, equality, openness and tolerance, and justice.”
As a Danish reporter, I was invited to attend the United Nations Climate Summit and the 69th United Nations General Assembly. I had the chance of taking photos of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other world leaders in Mr. Ban’s office and during all kinds of meetings for more than 10 times. I noticed that every time Mr. Ban spoke, he never forgot mentioning “world peace”. I also found that he always carried the documents related to environmental conservation. This demonstrates how important world peace is as a global issue.
On September 26th, at the 69th United Nations General Assembly general debate, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out that this year marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and that next year would be the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The United Nations hopes to build peace and stability through cooperation among UN member states. We should treat each other as equals. The principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity must be upheld.
Different religious beliefs must be allowed to coexist, and different nations should cooperate in bringing their various cultural traditions to harmonize with one another. Also, justice should be upheld, as should the importance of democratization of international relations and the rule of law, with fair and just rules clearly distinguishing right from wrong in matters of dispute. Within the framework of international law, all nations must endeavour to promote world peace and common development.
Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), praised Master Jun Hong Lu as Star Ambassador for World Peace.
As a Danish reporter, I was invited to attend the UN Climate Summit and the 69th United Nations General Assembly from September 22nd to October 3rd, 2014. During these two meetings, I met Christian Friis Bach, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), at the UN headquarters three times.
(Danish Reporter Peng Zhong Min Interviewed,Christian Friis Bach, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); Photo: UN.)
In the afternoon of September 22nd, 2014, after I finished taking pictures of US President Barack Obama, I met Friis Bach on the first floor of the UN building.
He asked me what part of my stay in New York had meant the most to me.
I told him that, to me, the most important part of my stay was meeting with Master Jun Hong Lu, the President of the Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre and the Vice President of the Australian Council of Chinese Organizations. I visited and interviewed Master Jung Hong Lu at Hilton Hotel in New York on September 21.
Friis Bach then asked me, “What is special about this person, Master Lu?” I told him about many good deeds that Master Lu had been doing. I also mentioned his unwavering commitment to bringing peace and harmony to people around the world.
I said, “Over the years, I have attended many of Master Lu’s conferences and have interviewed several of his disciples as well as the Master himself. All of these events have left me with the most positive impression of Master Lu, and it is with pleasure that I can relate to you the following facts about his endeavours to improve the lot of mankind.”
Master Lu has been helping people for decades without asking for anything in return and has travelled all over the world to promote Buddhist teaching. Since 2010, he has been invited to hold speeches and conferences 50 times during his world tour and has made a significant impact on the world. He has travelled to over 30 countries and regions including New York, Los Angeles, and Boston in the US, the major cities in Australia, Toronto in Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK, France, Germany, and Denmark. His speech in Hong Kong in 2012 was well attended with over 10,000 audience members. Master Lu is respected and welcomed by followers around the world and has received attention and coverage by major international media agencies.
Master Lu takes care of the sick and poor. In fact, Master Lu has helped more than 10,000 people suffering from various illnesses from August 1994 to August 2014, without asking for or receiving any payment in return. It is generally acknowledged that Master Lu brought comfort to people inflicted with diseases deemed incurable by modern medicine, such as autism, dementia, and many other terminal illnesses.
Master Lu’s contributions to world peace, as well as his efforts to propagate Chinese culture and Buddhist teachings have been recognized by academics, religious communities, as well as the mainstream societies around the world. In July 2012, he was honored with the ‘World Peace Award (Buddhism)’ and the title of ‘Ambassador for World Peace’ of the year by the Unity of Faiths in the United Kingdom. This ceremony was part of the events to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In September 2012 Master Lu was invited to give a public speech at Harvard University; his speech received significant attention from academics, religious communities, and media in North America.
In October 2012 he received the ‘British Community Honours Award’ at the House of Lords, United Kingdom. This award is honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for members of the British Community for their contribution to British Society.
In April 2014, Master Lu was awarded Honorary Visiting Professorship by the prestigious University of Siena in Italy, under its Master Program in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy
Master Lus contributions to promoting world peace and helping people around the world have been recognised and covered by the international media, such as BBC (UK), Radio France Internationale (France), People’s Daily Newspaper (China), TVB (Hong Kong) and Phoenix Satellite Television (Hong Kong). As of today, over one hundred media agencies, including those in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia, have extensively reported about Master Lu regarding his efforts to propagate Buddhist teachings.
Dozens of publications authored by Master Lu are growing in popularity, such as his ‘Buddhism in Plain Terms’. Millions of copies of have been distributed in North America (US, Canada, Mexico, etc.), Europe (UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, etc.), Australia, Asia, and Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, etc.). His publications are available in Chinese and English; they are also in the process of being translated into other languages such as German, Spanish, French, and Japanese.
Picture nr 5 : Christian Friis Bach and Zhong Min Peng Pose for Pictures. Photograph: UN Photo)
After listening to my introduction to Master Lu, Friis Bach excitedly exclaimed: “Master Lu Jun Hong is really a Star Ambassador for World Peace!” (The End)