Guan Shi Yin Renunciation Day

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    Thursday, November 2 2023

    Guan Yin’s Renunciation Day on the 19th day of the 9th lunar month

    Guanshiyin Bodhisattva’s Renunciation Day!

    For a feature on Guanyin’s three sacred days, and how to celebrate, see>>

    One sacred practice, good for any day, but especially meritorious on Renunciation Day, is to chant the Great Compassion Heart Dharani of 1000-armed Guanyin.


    Where is Guanyin?

    Venerable Master Hsuan Hua explains Guanyin is in every heart, in every home. More specifically, the Venerable teacher describes where we can find the loving Bodhisattva:

    “Well, then, where does he come from? He fills empty space and pervades the Dharma Realm; he is in every place and yet not in any place. He appears according to what kind of body is needed to save each particular category of beings. He manifests in whatever physical form is appropriate to speak Dharma for beings; thus his identity is flexible. Guanshiyin Bodhisattva appears in the form of a Buddha to save those who are ready to become Buddhas. He appears as a Bodhisattva to save those who should become Bodhisattvas. He appears as a heavenly king to speak Dharma for beings in the heavens.”[5]

    Traditionally, you’d set up the statue, bow three times and ideally:

    • Namo Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa (at least 3 times with bows)
    • Take Refuge: “I take Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha until I reach Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings” — no practice is complete without taking Refuge first, and ending with Dedicating the Merit (see below.
    • Light incense and place in front of statue.
    • Present other offerings such as water bowls (at least 3 or 7), fruit, flowers and tea. (For symbolism, you could always use Tie Guan Yin tea, a famous type of tea, but Red Rose or any tea is fine.)
    • Invite the presence of Guan Yin: ““I sincerely invite the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva to perform miracles, and enter the sacred <statue or image> offered by me, <your full name>” [6]
    • Peform at least 7 Great Compassion Mantra. You will find a chant-along video with Ani Choying below.
    • Perform the Heart Sutra 7 times (it’s quite short.) You’ll find an AMAZING chant-along version with video with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and his sangha here>>
    • Om Mani Padme Hum mantra as much as you can — at least 108 times. A version with Yoko Dharma in video is below.
    • Prayers
    • Dedicate the Merit for the benefit of all Sentient Beings: “I dedicate the merit of this practice for the cause for Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.”


    Thinking of Guanyin is Enough to Save Beings

    In the Lotus Sutra, chapter 25, Buddha explains:

    World-Honored One replete with wonderful features,
    I now ask you once again
    for what reason that Buddha’s son
    is named Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World’s Sounds?
    The honored One endowed with wonderful features
    replied to Inexhaustible Intent in verse:
    Listen to the actions of the Perceiver of Sounds,
    how aptly he responds in various quarters.
    His vast oath is deep as the ocean;
    kalpas pass but it remains unfathomable.
    He has attended many thousands and millions of Buddhas,
    setting forth his great pure vow.
    I will describe him in outline for you-
    listen to his name, observe his body,
    bear him in mind, not passing the time vainly,
    for he can wipe out the pains of existence.
    Suppose someone should conceive a wish to harm you,
    should push you into a great pit of fire.
    Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and the pit of fire will change into a pond!
    If you should be cast adrift on the vast ocean,
    menaced by dragons, fish and various demons,
    think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and the billows and waves cannot drown you!
    Suppose you are on the peak of Mount Sumeru
    and someone pushes you off.
    Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and you will hang in midair like the sun!
    Suppose you are pursued by evil men
    who wish to throw you down from a diamond mountain.
    Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and they cannot harm a hair of you!
    Suppose you are surrounded by evil-hearted bandits,
    each brandishing a knife to wound you.
    Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and at once all will be swayed by compassion!
    Suppose you encounter trouble with the king’s law,
    face punishment, about to forfeit your life.
    Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and the executioner’s sword will be broken to bits!
    Suppose you are imprisoned in cangue and lock,
    hands and feet bound by fetters and chains.
    Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and they will fall off, leaving you free!
    Suppose with curses and various poisonous herbs
    someone should try to injure you.
    Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and the injury will rebound upon the originator.
    Suppose you encounter evil rakshasas,
    poison dragons and various demons.
    Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and then none of them will dare to harm you.
    If evil beasts should encircle you,
    their sharp fangs and claws inspiring terror,
    think on the power of that Perceiver of sounds
    and they will scamper away in boundless retreat.
    If lizards, snakes, vipers, scorpions
    threaten you with poison breath that sears like flame,
    think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and, hearing your voice, they will flee of themselves.
    If clouds should bring thunder, and lightning strike,
    if hail pelts or drenching rain comes down,
    think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and at that moment they will vanish away.
    If living beings encounter weariness or peril,
    immeasurable suffering pressing them down,
    the power of the Perceiver of Sounds’ wonderful wisdom
    can save them from the sufferings of the world.
    He is endowed with transcendental powers
    and widely practices the expedient means of wisdom.
    Throughout the lands in the ten directions
    there is no region where he does not manifest himself.
    In many different kinds of evil circumstances,
    in the realms of hell, hungry spirits or beasts,
    the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death–
    all these he bit by bit wipes out.
    He of the true gaze, the pure gaze,
    the gaze of great and encompassing wisdom,
    the gaze of pity, the gaze of compassion–
    constantly we implore him, constantly look up in reverence.
    His pure light, free of blemish,
    is a sun of wisdom dispelling all darknesses.
    He can quell the wind and fire of misfortune
    and everywhere bring light to the world.
    The precepts from his compassionate body shake us
    like thunder,
    the wonder of his pitying mind is like a great cloud.
    He sends down the sweet dew, the Dharma rain,
    to quench the flames of earthly desires.
    When law suits bring you before the officials,
    when terrified in the midst of an army,
    think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
    and hatred in all its forms will be dispelled.
    Wonderful sound, Perceiver of the World’s Sounds,
    Brahma’s sound, the sea tide sound–
    they surpass those sounds of the world;
    therefore you should constantly think on them
    from thought to thought never entertaining doubt!
    Perceiver of the World’s Sounds, pure sage–
    to those in suffering, in danger of death,
    he can offer aid and support.
    Endowed with all benefits,
    he views living beings with compassionate eyes.
    The sea of his accumulated blessings is immeasurable;
    therefore you should bow your head to him!


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