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T he Bodhisattva Who Listens to the Sounds of All the World, with his magnifcent spiritual power, confers such abundant benefits as these. And so, living beings should always keep him in their hearts and hold his name in mind. If women seeking sons bow to and make offerings to the Bodhisattva Gwan Shr Yin, they will give birth to sons happy, virtuous, and wise. If instead, they wish for daughters, they will bear gifted daughters with deep-rooted, wholesome characters, beloved and respected by all.




Buddhism 8077 | 
Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







T herefore, every single living being should hold Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva’s name in mind. “Infinite Resolve! Suppose someone held the names of Bodhisattvas to the number of grains of sand in sixty-two million Ganges Rivers, and for this person’s entire life, made offerings to them all of food and drink, clothes, bedding, and medicine. What is your opinion? Would the merit and virtue accrued by that good man or woman be abundant?” Infinite Resolve replied, “Extremely abundant, World Honored One, very great indeed!” The Buddha said, “Yet if someone else held the name of Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva, bowed and made an offering but one time, the blessings of these two people would be identical, the same in every way, and would endure for quadrillions of aeons.”




Buddhism 8076 | 
Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







I nfinite Resolve! Such are the meritorious deeds done by Gwan Shr Yin, the Bodhisattva who roams throughout the world and appears in various forms to rescue living beings. Therefore you should all wholeheartedly make offerings to the Bodhisattva Who Listens to the Sounds of All the World.




Buddhism 8028 | 
Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







I n times of terror, crisis, and trouble, the Great Bodhisattva Gwan Shr Yin can bestow courage and dispel all fears. Therefore, all throughout the Saha world we call him Giver of Courage63.




Buddhism 8026 | 
Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
63 Giver of Fearlessness.







P erfect and complete in psychic power, widely versed in wisdom’s subtle skills, in lands throughout the ten directions, The Bodhisattva manifests at will.




Buddhism 8024 | 
Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







T he Buddha himself dwells in the Great Vehicle62, And in accord with the Dharmas he has gained, Adorned with the power of samadhi and wisdom, He uses these to save living beings.




Buddhism 8020 | 
Book 1, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
62 The Great Vehicle Buddhism







I know that these living beings have never cultivated good roots. They are firmly attached to the five desires, and, out of stupidity and love60, become afflicted. Because of all their desires, they fall into the three evil paths, they turn on the wheel in the six destinies, suffering utter misery.




Buddhism 8009 | 
Ch.2, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
60 Obsessed passion.







A s to that foremost, rare, and hard - to - understand Dharma accomplished by the Buddha— only the Buddhas and the Buddha can exhaust the Real Mark of all dharmas. That is to say with regard to all dharmas: the suchness of the marks, the suchness of the nature, the suchness of the substance, the suchness of the power, the suchness of the function, the suchness of the causes , the suchness of the conditions, the suchness of the effects , the suchness of the retributions, and the suchness of the ultimate equality from beginning to end.




Buddhism 7965 | 
Ch.2, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







I f those who hold the name of Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva should fall into a great fre, the fre will not burn them, because of Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva’s awesome spiritual power. If they are being tossed about in deep and treacherous waters and call his name, they will quickly reach the shallows.




Buddhism 7905 | 
Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







F or those living beings who have overwhelming lustful desires, if they can constantly be mindful of Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva14 with reverence, their desires will subside. For those with immense anger, if they can constantly be mindful of Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva with reverence, their anger will subside. For those with deep ignorance, if they can constantly be mindful of Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva with reverence, their ignorance will subside.




Buddhism 7742 | 
Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra [25] 
14 Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva: Also transliterated as Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva in this compilation; Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva; a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. (?????:????????????)







T he Buddha speaks equally, like the rain of a single ?avor. According to living beings’ natures, they receive it differently. Just as those herbs and trees, each receives a different measure.




Buddhism 7731 | 
Ch.5, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







I now rejoice and have no fear, and among the Bodhisattvas, I shall cast expedients aside, to speak only of the supreme Path.




Buddhism 7727 | 
Ch.2, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
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I n the Buddha lands of the ten directions, there is only the Dharma of One Vehicle6; there are not two or three, except those spoken by the Buddhas as expedients.




Buddhism 7726 | 
Ch.2, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
6 The Saddharma Pundarika Sutra declares that the three vehicles of the Sravaka (disciple), Pratyekabuddha (solitary buddha), and Bodhisattva are actually just three expedient devices (upayacausalya) for attracting beings to the one buddha vehicle, via which they all become buddhas. («???»?,?????????????? ????????????????????)







T he Buddhas, the World Honored Ones, appear in the world because they wish to lead living beings to open the knowledge and vision of the Buddhas and gain purity. They appear in the world because they wish to demonstrate to all living beings the knowledge and vision of the Buddhas. They appear in the world because they wish to lead living beings to awaken to the knowledge and vision of the Buddhas. They appear in the world because they wish to lead living beings to enter into the Path of the knowledge and vision of the Buddhas.




Buddhism 7723 | 
Ch.2, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 





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