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Avalokitesvara & Pure Land Buddhism
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:57:38 pm »
Besides reciting the name of Amida Buddha, I also recite the name of Guanyin, the Chinese name of Avalokitesvara. Guanyin is the Bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of Amida, and she has an image of Amida in her crown.

Whenever I feel the need to connect with Buddhahood in female form, to be comforted by her all-embracing compassion, I chant the name of Guanyin.
“Namo Guan Shi Yin Pusa… Namo Guan Shi Yin Pusa…”

Shinran Shonin decided to leave the monastic life to get married and have children after receiving a vision from Guanyin that she would be incarnate as his future wife. In the words of Shinran, “Avalokitesvara, the world savior of great compassion, stays close to us, like a mother.”

The Lotus Sutra promises that anger/hate, lust/greed, and ignorance, the three impediments to enlightenment, can be abated within ourselves by calling on the name of Guanyin. Many people have also been reborn into the Pure Land through reciting the name of Guanyin:

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Q: Should I focus on reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name, Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva’s name, or both?
A: If you like to recite Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Guan Yin Bodhisattva will come to welcome you [to the Pure Land]. If you like to recite Amitabha Buddha, Amitabha Buddha will come to welcome you. Reciting either name is better than not reciting. It is only to be feared that you forget to recite Guan Yin Bodhisattva, and also forget to recite Amitabha Buddha. http://www.cttbusa.org/amitabha_session/amitabha_session.asp


In early versions of the Infinite Life Sutra, Guanyin is set to replace Amida in the future as Buddha of the Pure Land, when Amida passes into Parinirvana:
http://www3.nccu.edu.tw/~ckeng/doc/Nattier_PureLand.pdf

The Sutra of the Prophecy of Avalokitesvara also says that Guanyin is the future Buddha of the Pure Land, after Amida passes into final Nirvana:
http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra07.html

 


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