Three years ago at the tender age of four,
Khoo Jun Kit asked his mother. "Mommy, why is it that Papa
and you do not eat meat? Why do I alone eat meat? I also
want to be a vegetarian like you."
Jun Kit's parents, upon hearing their son's request,
eventually allowed him to become a vegetarian. Meanwhile,
they requested the Compassionate Guanyin Bodhisattva to look
after their son's health.
After having been a vegetarian for a while, he had to endure
remarks from friends such as, "If you do not eat meat, you
will have no muscles. You will not be healthy, and you will
be skinny." Nonetheless, after only about two weeks, he
proved his critics wrong. Not only did he grow into a
healthy, chubby boy, he also had a ruddy complexion.
Everybody who saw him wanted to gently pinch his chubby,
rosy cheeks. People would ask his mother what she fed her
son. His mother's reply was: "Fruits, vegetables, simple
Jun Kit was born in 1992, into a Buddhist family. He is an
only child. Both parents were English-educated and as such,
they speak English with their son. The grandmother
communicates with him in Cantonese.
At the age of four, he tagged along when his parents went to
the temple to recite prayers four times a week. At that time
his mother wanted to learn to recite Guanyin's Great
Compassion Mantra and she would play the tape of the Mantra
at home and in the car. Little did the mother know that
while she was learning to recite the Mantra, Jun Kit himself
learned to recite the Mantra fluently after hearing the tape
intermittently for about three weeks. In the following two
weeks, she played a tape of the Heart Sutra. Although he
knew not a single word of Mandarin, Jun Kit was able to
recite the Sutra with ease after two weeks and learned to
recognize simple Chinese characters.
When he was about six years old, he used to sit beside his
parents during morning recitation everyday. His mother had
by then realized the significance of the Shurangama Mantra
and would play the tape of the Mantra. After a short period
of time, he remarked to his mother one day, "I know how to
recite the Shurangama Mantra." His parents were astounded.
That Mantra, the King of Mantras, had a total of 2620
characters! Even an average adult finds it difficult to read
along. Looking at the number of pages already compels one to
Under his mother's guidance, he recited the entire
Shurangama Mantra with ease, without the slightest idea as
to why the adults regarded him with envy and awe.
In early 1998, he enrolled in the Dharma School of Tze Yun
Dong Temple of Malaysia. Gradually, he has come to know the
other students well and has begun to learn and communicate
Being a keen reader, even before becoming a vegetarian he
had read the illustrated edition of the Sutra of Past Vows
of Earth Store Bodhisat- tva, Records of the Life of
Venerable Master Hua, Parts I and II, and Herein Lies the
Treasure Trove, all in English.
Every night, he recites the Shurangama Mantra, the Great
Compassion Mantra, and the Heart Sutra and respectfully bows
to the Buddhas and Venerable Master Hua before going to bed.
It is said:
Intelligence is helped by hidden virtue.
Hidden virtue leads
one to enter the path of intelligence
To have the opportunity
to learn Buddhism is not easy.
One must have planted the
roots of Bodhi in past lives.
Reciting the Shurangama Mantra on Cherishing Youth Day, 1998.