True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Avalokitesvara
|On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 2:00 PM, at Rainbow Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over Spring Avalokitesvara Homa Ceremony, debut transmission of Yeshe Tsogyal Practice, and bestow empowerment for the Avalokitesvara Personal Deity Practice, Yeshe Tsogyal Uncommon Personal Deity Practice, and Mantra Recitation of Tara Who Saves from Contagious Diseases. (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLl20r-KQlapX_5fT-N3cOw)
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【Avalokitesvara Mudra (Lotus Mudra) :】
Put the palms together in front of the chest. Open the palms by stretching the index fingers, middle fingers, and ring fingers away from each other while the thumbs, little fingers and the base of the palms are continually touching so that the mudra resembles an eight-petalled lotus.
【Avalokitesvara Seed Syllable :】
Seh (White in color, emitting great white light)
【Avalokitesvara Mantra :】
【Avalokitesvara Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】
Dignified and compassionate, white Avalokitesvara sits on a lotus platform. Wearing celestial garments and adorned with precious jewels, she radiates boundless pure white light. One may visualize the Six Syllable Mantra surrounding Avalokitesvara and emitting brilliant white light in all directions.
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is depicted in various forms. She may hold a bright pearl, a scripture, a lotus, a purification vase, etc. (In visualizing Avalokitesvara, one may use the image of Avalokitesvara enshrined at one's own altar. The empowerment is bestowed using the dharma implement in that Avalokitesvara's hand.)
【Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Talk - Avalokitesvara Background and Key Cultivation Formula】
Avalokitesvara is one of the major bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Her bodhicitta is the greatest, as is her vow. She therefore saves the most sentient beings. Her affinity with sentient beings is the deepest and the most profound. Avalokitesvara is venerated as ''answering prayers from everywhere'' and is called Great Compassionate Avalokitesvara by people in the world.
Avalokitesvara has millions upon millions of emanations. There is Thousand-Armed-Thousand-Eyed Guanyin, Holy Avalokitesvara, Wish-fulfilling Guanyin, Children-bestowing Guanyin, Horse-headed Guanyin, Eleven-faced Guanyin, Cundi Guanyin, Dragon Fish Guanyin, Purification Bottle Guanyin, White-robed Guanyin, High King Avalokitesvara, etc. Most Buddhists enshrine Avalokitesvara. This is so-called ''Amitabha in every house, and Avalokitesvara in every home.''
In Taiwanese folk custom, the image of Avalokitesvara is widely painted as background in the niche shrine of a deity or buddha. This is commonly called ''Guanyin Artistry.'' Avalokitesvara, with her attendants Sudhana and Longnu alongside, is placed above. The Daoist deities, Holy Mother of Heaven, Lord Guan Sheng, etc. are placed below. Avalokitesvara may also stand alone.
Avalokitesvara's primary vow is to save sentient beings with compassion. A transformation of the bodhicitta of buddhas and bodhisattvas, Avalokitesvara is actually an ancient buddha, the greatly accomplished and enlightened Tathagata Who Knows the True Dharma.
Avalokitesvara and Mahasthamaprapta are the two attendants of Amitabha of the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. Together, they are known as the Trinity of the Western Paradise. Avalokitesvara is also one of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas.
Avalokitesvara is located southwest of the Center Eight Petal Hall in the Womb Mandala and is the main deity of the Avalokitesvara Hall. In the Diamond Mandala she is Vajra Dharma Bodhisattva.
Avalokitesvara is tremendously compassionate. She will use any means to save sentient beings.
Everything depends on inspiration. Avalokitesvara's inspiration was the greatest.
Some well-known mantras of Avalokitesvara are the Six Syllable Dharani, White-robed Guanyin Dharani, Great Compassion Dharani, etc.
The Avalokitesvara Universal Gate chapter of the Lotus Sutra mentions that Avalokitesvara has thirty-two emanations which manifest according to the needs of sentient beings. Avalokitesvara may emanate as a buddha, a pratyekabuddha, a sravaka, Brahma, Sakra, Isvaradeva 、 Mahesvara、a great celestial general、Vaishravana、a minor king、a senior 、a layperson、a prime minister、a Brahman、a monk、a nun、a layman、a laywoman、a female、a young boy、a young girl、 a deva、a dragon、a yaksa、a gandharva、 an asura、a garuda、a kinnara、a mahoraga、a human、a non-human、a vajra holding deity, etc.
In Tibet, when Avalokitesvara realized that sentient beings are exceedingly difficult to save, a tear fell from her left eye. This tear transformed into Green Tara. Another tear fell from her right eye which transformed into White Tara. Ever since, Green and White Tara have been considered emanations of Avalokitesvara.
Living Buddha Lian-sheng instructs that every year Avalokitesvara has three significant days: her birthday; the day she was enlightened; and the day she was ordained. It is most wonderful and auspicious to cultivate the White-robed Wish-fulfilling Crystal Ball Practice on these three days.
Feb. 19, Lunar Calendar: Avalokitesvara's Birthday
Jun. 19, Lunar Calendar: Avalokitesvara's Enlightenment Day
Sep. 19, Lunar Calendar: Avalokitesvara's Renunciation Day
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Personal Deity Practice
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