Gwan Yin Recitation

A week long Gwan Yin recitation session is held thrice annually at the City of 10,000 Buddhas during the spring, summer, and fall.

Gwan Yin Bodhisattva is also known as Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva in Sanskrit. Gwan Yin Bodhisattva represents the boundless Compassion of all Buddhas and great Bodhisattvas. He is also known as the "Bestower of Fearlessness."

The Venerable Master Hsuan Hua taught:

"As we recite the name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, we shouldn't cling to greedy notions...There is a Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva inside the mind of every living being. As we recite and recollect Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, we're simply recollecting the Gwan Yin Bodhisattva inside our minds."

"Our recitation of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's name should continue non-stop, like a flowing stream, until everything becomes one. Walking, standing, sitting, and lying down, we recite the name of Gwan Yin. We must pay close attention and not forget Gwan Yin's name in thought after thought. Each recitation must be clear and distinct; and we certainly shouldn't fall asleep or have idle thoughts while reciting. We must recite singlemindedly, thinking of nothing but the words 'Namo Gwan Shi Yin Bodhisattva,' not leaving the name whether we are walking, standing, sitting, or lying down."

"We should regard every moment and every day as a Gwan Yin session. In fact, we should wish to cultivate the inconceivable Dharma door of reciting Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's name every month, every year, and every great eon. Don't think you're free once the session is over, because you are not truly free unless you become enlightened. So don't entertain the thought of retreating. We should all be wishing for another Gwan Yin session so we can continue to develop our skill."

A verse from the Lotus Sutra says:

In thought after thought we have no doubt
Gwan Shr Yin is pure and sagely.
In times of suffering, agony, danger, and death,
He is our Refuge and Protector.

Lectures by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua: Gwan Yin Bodhisattva

Introduction and photographs: Gwan Yin Bodhisattva

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