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True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Avalokitesvara

2017-03-10
On Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017, 3:00pm, at Taiwan Lei Tsang Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over an Avalokitesvara Homa Ceremony and bestow empowerment for the Avalokitesvara Personal Deity Practice, Thousand-Armed, Thousand-Eyed Guanyin Practice, and Guanyin Body Shrine Calamity Eradication Practice followed by the discourse of 'Lamdre.' (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSonbYoE-ip1YaYOVEAu8jw/live or https://tbsec.org/%E6%B3%95%E6%9C%83%E7%B7%9A%E4%B8%8A%E7%9B%B4%E6%92%AD/English )

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【Avalokitesvara Mudra (Lotus Mudra) :】

                                             Video Demo

First form the ''prayer gesture.'' At the level of the chest, join the palms of both hands together with fingers meeting and pointed up. Now open the palms so that the hands meet only in three ways: at the very base of the palms, entire thumb to entire thumb, and entire little finger to entire little finger. Spread the other fingers out straight but as widely as possible, so that the gesture represents an eight-petalled flower.

【Avalokitesvara Seed Syllable :】

                 
                      Seh (White in color emitting great white light)

【Avalokitesvara Mantra :】

「Om-ma-ni-pad-me-hum。」

【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, and 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.'' Almost every Buddhist enshrines 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, The Holy Mother of Heaven, Lord Guan Sheng, etc. are placed below. Or, Avalokitesvara may just 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 ''Correct Dharma Enlightened Tathagata.''

Avalokitesvara and Mahasthamaprapta are the two attendants of Amitabha of the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. Collectively they are known as the Trinity of the Western Paradise. Avalokitesvara is also one of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas.

Avalokitesvara is located in the 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 its 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 will emanate as a buddha, a pratyekabuddha, a sravaka, Brahma, Sakra, Īśvaradeva 、 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

Appendix:
【Thousand-armed, Thousand-eyed unhindered Great Compassion Dharani】 (Great Compassion Mantra)
''NaMo HeLa DaNa, DuoLa YeYe, NaMo ELiYe, PoLu JieDi, ShuoBo LaYe, PuTi SaDo PoYe, MoHe SaDo PoYe, MoHe JiaLu NiJiaYe, Om, SaDo LaFaYi, ShuDa NaDaXia, NaMo ShiJi LiDo, YiMeng ELiYe, PoLu JiDi, ShiFo LaLeng TuoPo, NaMo NaLa JingChi, XiLi MoHe BoDuo ShaMe, SaPo ATuo, DouShuPeng, AShiYun, SaPo SaDuo, NaMo PuoSaDuo, NaMo PuoChie, MoFa TeDou, DanZhiTa, Om, APuo LuShi, LuJiaDi, JiaLuoDi, YiXiLi, MoHe PuTi SaDuo, SaPuo SaPuo, MoLa MoLa, MoXi MoXi, LiTuoYun, JuLu JuLu JieMeng, DuLu DuLu, FaShe YeDi, MoHe FaShe YeDi, TuoLa TuoLa, DiLiNi, ShiFo LaYe, ZheLa ZheLa, MoMo, FaMoLa, MuDiLi, YiShi YiShi, ShiNa ShiNa, ALaSeng, FoLa SheLi, FaSha FaSeng, FoLa SheYe, HuLu HuLu MoLa, HuLu HuLu XiLi, ShaPuo ShaPuo, XiLi XiLi, SuLu SuLu, PuTiYe, PuTiYe, PuTuoYe, PuTuoYe, MiDi LiYe, NaLa JingChi, DiLi SheNiNa, PuoYe MoNa, SaPuoHe, XiTuoYe, SaPuoHe, MoHe XiTuoYe, SaPuoHe, ShiTuo YuYi, ShiBuo LaYe, SaPuoHe, NaLa JingChi, SaPuoHe, MoLa NaLa, SaPuoHe, XiLaSeng, AMuChieYe, SaPuoHe, SaPuo MoHe, AShi TuoYe, SaPuoHe, ZheJiLa, AShi TuoYe, SaPuoHe, BuoTuoMo, JieXi TuoYe, SaPuoHe, NaLa JingChi, BuoChie LaYe, SaPuoHe, MoPuoLi, ShengJie LaYe, SaPuoHe, NaMo HeLa DaNa, DuoLa YieYe, NaMo ALiYe, PuoLu JiDi, ShuoPo LaYe, SaPuoHe, Om, XiDianDu, ManDuoLa, BaTuoYe, SaPuoHe.''

【White-robed Guanyin Mantra】
''Namo-da-ci-da-bei-jiu-ku-jiu-nan-guang-da-ling-gan-guan-shi-yin-pu-sa。Namo-fo, namo-fa, namo-seng, namo-jiu-ku-jiu-nan-guan-shi-yin-pu-sa。”Dan-zhi-duo。om。jia-luo-fa-duo。jia-luo-fa-duo。jia-he-fa-duo。luo-jia-fa-duo。luo-jia-fa-duo。om。jie-dze。Jie-dze。 jie dze。so-ha。Tian-luo-shen。di-luo-shen。ren-li-nan。nan-li-shen。yi-qie-zai-yang-hua-wei-chen。namo-mo-he-bo-re-bo-luo-mi。''


Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Personal Deity Practice


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