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Reciting the name of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
« on: June 03, 2017, 05:10:41 pm »
Avalokitesvara is the Bodhisattva of compassion. The name for Avalokitesvara in China is Guanyin, where she’s presented in female form. This is because, in the Lotus Sutra, Guanyin will appear in whatever form necessary, whether male or female, to lead beings out of suffering.

At the lowest level of recitation practice, one recites the name of Guanyin to receive material blessings, “Namo Guanshiyin Pusa.” As your Bodhisattva path advances, Guanyin will become an inspiration for your own life, rather than a bestower of material gifts, as in the popular level.

At the highest level of recitation practice, one chants “Namo Guanshiyin Pusa” to awaken the Bodhisattva within, to gain the strength and fearlessness for one’s own Bodhisattva path. As it says in the Lotus Sutra, Avalokitesvara is the “bestower of fearlessness.”

The Lotus Sutra also promises that our inner demons of lust, greed, anger, and ignorance can be subdued through reciting the name of Avalokitesvara. 

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Avalokitesvara’s mantra in Tibet is “Om Mani Padme Hum.”

Skillful means is one of the Lotus Sutra's most important concepts, and it's beautifully exemplified in the Avalokitesvara's Universal Dharma Doors chapter of the Lotus Sutra.

The promises of worldly blessing are a upaya or skillful device for inducing us to recite the name of Avalokitesvara and contemplate on her loving-kindness and compassion, so that we may ultimately manifest these qualities in our own lives. It was never really about material blessings in the first place.

Skillful means is one of the Lotus Sutra’s most important concepts, and it’s beautifully exemplified in the Avalokitesvara’s Universal Door chapter of the Lotus Sutra.

The promises of worldly blessings are a upaya or skillful device for inducing us to recite the name of Avalokitesvara and contemplate on her loving-kindness and compassion, so that we may ultimately manifest these qualities in our own lives. It was never really about material blessings in the first place.
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Re: Reciting the name of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 03:12:53 pm »
Everyone must find the form of meditation that’s right for them, and for me, it’s mantra recitation. I find it very difficult to simply sit and try to think of nothing. It’s much easier to be focused on an object of meditation. What matters is the result, not the form. If it results in our inner demons of lust, greed, anger, and ignorance being subdued, that’s all that matters.
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Re: Reciting the name of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2017, 03:01:17 am »
Thee goal of all Buddhist practice is to subdue the three poisons of passion, aversion, and ignorance and thus attain Nirvana.

The Lotus Sutra promises reciting the name of Avalokitesvara will subdue the three poisons within ourselves.

This is because, in meditating on Avalokitesvara’s name, we cultivate the Bodhisattva’s meritorious qualities within ourselves.

Recollection of the Buddha is a meditation practice from the beginning of Buddhism, and Avalokitesvara can be our wholesome object of meditation.

The ultimate goal of reciting Avalokitesvara’s name is not to beg an external deity to save us. Instead, it’s to awaken the Avalokitesvara within.

The Lotus Sutra says that Avalokitesvara will appear in whatever form necessary to relieve the suffering of others.

The most important form she can manifest is within ourselves, so that we can be her head and hands in the world.

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Re: Reciting the name of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2017, 09:17:29 pm »

The promises of worldly blessing are a upaya or skillful device for inducing us to recite the name of Avalokitesvara and contemplate on her loving-kindness and compassion, so that we may ultimately manifest these qualities in our own lives. It was never really about material blessings in the first place.


Why not teach the truth to people that there is no divine god that will confer special blessings on them? Why not tell them the truth that no god will be pleased by recitation of his/her name?  Do you think that people are unable to understand or accept such truth in modern age? Why indulge in promoting wrong view that recitation of a god gives material blessings?


At the highest level of recitation practice, one chants “Namo Guanshiyin Pusa” to awaken the Bodhisattva within, to gain the strength and fearlessness for one’s own Bodhisattva path. As it says in the Lotus Sutra, Avalokitesvara is the “bestower of fearlessness.”

The Lotus Sutra also promises that our inner demons of lust, greed, anger, and ignorance can be subdued through reciting the name of Avalokitesvara. 


Fearlessness comes from understanding of concepts such as 'anataa'. Greed, lust, anger can be subdued by gaining knowledge, by understanding concepts such as 'emptiness' and 'impermanence'. Anger can be subdued by daily practice of loving kindness meditation. It is utterly misguiding to promote the idea that 'reciting xyz's name will lead to fearlessness and subdue anger greed' etc.

For example, to learn kung fu: do you advise worshiping a kung fu master/god and reciting his/her name continuously? Or do you advise studying and practicing it?

Why then do you advise reciting name of a god to gain fearlessness and subdue lust, greed, anger?

Let us stop from promoting wrong views and practices. Let us insist on learning and practice. Learning and Practice. Not recitation of name of a divine being.

 


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