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Bodhisattva Wishfulling and Master Protection Amulet Pendant (2): Getting Reacquainted with Bodhisattva Guan Yin!

Published Nobyembre 9, 2018 by jptan2012

 

Kuan YinKuan Yin, also spelled as Quan Yin or Guan Yin, is a Bodhisattva of Compassion. A lot of people refer to her as the Buddha of Compassion, which is technically wrong in terms of terminology, but absolutely right when refers to her true being.

The truth is Quan Yin or Kuan Yin is a Bodhisattva who refuses to enter Buddhahood because of her desire to help all sentient beings to achieve nirvana or the Buddhist equivalent of heaven.

Kuan Yin (also spelled as Quan Yin, Kwan Yin, Guan Yin, Gwan Yin) is  of mercy and compassion. It is said, that her compassion towards sentient beings exceeds that of all the other Bodhisattvas combined. She is considered to be a source of unconditional love and a savior of sentient beings. When talking about Kuan Yin’s love for us, mankind is usually not used, because it is said that it is an underestimation of her compassion. Sentient beings is generally use because this also refers to other beings, other than just us humans, it refers to all living creatures that includes insects.

As a Bodhisattva, Kuan Yin pledges to response to all the cries and please of all beings, in fact, it is aid that even before you utter your plea, Kuan Yin would already have heard you and responded to your plea. Naturally, devotion to her will help hasten this, but you need not believe in her for her to reply to your pleas. The sutras that talked about Kuan Yin as a savior of both the spiritual and physical realm and when a person with deep negative karma call upon her, she will have cleanse and help this person from his karmic burden.

I don’t think that it’s an exaggeration to say that Kuan Yin’s popularity amongst Chinese Buddhist exceeds that of other Buddha and Bodhisattva. She is extremely popular and revered that Taoism has also ‘adopted’ her thus making her one of the most revered Taoist deities. It is not surprising to see Taoist temples having her image.

She is also extremely popular as being a merciful deity that some people wrongly address her as Goddess of Mercy.

There are a lot of miracles that are attributed to Kuan Yin. These miracles may range from the simple things like wanting to get a job, wanting to have a child to something really big and may seem like impossible.

My personal treasure trove of stories about Kuan Yin’s blessings and/or miracles is simply amazing. Not to mention stories shared with me by my friends, relatives, and acquaintances. You simply have to search the net and you’ll see a lot of stories about Kuan Yin’s miracles.

I’m not going to share a personal story because that will be a little self-serving. Instead, let me share with you a story of a woman who goes to the same temple that I go to. Let’s just call her A. A is a 40 something housewife. She said that she’s a devotee of Kuan Yin just like her mother. In fact, I’ll often see her make some offerings to Kuan Yin even if there’s no occasion such as the Kuan Yin feast day. I talked to her about her devotion to Kuan Yin and she clarified that while there are other small miracles that she can attribute to Kuan Yin, she believes that 2 of the important thing that happened in her life is due to Kuan Yin’s blessing. The first one is when she had her first child. It was a difficult pregnancy not only because it was her first child, but it was also a complicated pregnancy that almost got aborted several times. The worst part of the pregnancy happened on the 7th month. She had a severe case of bleeding that they thought she’d go into premature labor. On the way to the hospital, while her husband is driving, she and her mom just kept on calling Kuan Yin’s name while they mentally pray that Kuan Yin save her baby.kuan yin 4b

She was stabilized at the hospital but they can’t say the same were true for her baby. They are unable to detect the heartbeat of the baby and the ultrasound shows that the baby isn’t moving at all! After a while, the OB informed them that if another 15 minutes passed by with a heartbeat and/or a movement they would have to operate on her. By this time, she was almost hysterical, out of desperation; her mom took of her Kuan Yin pendant and gave it to A. A didn’t wear pendant but she ‘hold on’ to Kuan Yin, about 5 minutes after she ‘hold on’ to the pendant, the doctor got an heartbeat from the baby and the ultrasound also showed some movements! The baby who is now an 11-year-old boy is an honor student in Xavier.

Another story that she shared with me is about her husband. A’s husband owns a restaurant and there are times that her husband will have to stay out late to check on the operations of the restaurant. One night, when he was about get on the car, he suddenly had a very strong urge to go back and check on the Kuan Yin altar that A insisted be installed in his office. He just had this nagging feeling that he left something inside, it almost feels like he was being called to go back in by an unseen ‘force’. He thought to himself he might have left incense lighted, which might cause some fire. So he decided to go back in the restaurant. As soon as he stepped inside the restaurant he heard a very loud crashing noise, so loud, that some of the diners ducked down!

When A’s husband looked as to what happened, he saw that a large truck and another car crushed his own car! What happened was a drunk truck driver lost control of his truck, hit a car, which also hit A’s husband’s car. The whole driver side of A’s car was flattened! If he were in the car he would have died already or seriously injured. A said that when she saw the car she cried because she knew that if her husband was in the car he would have died already.

After the incident, that’s when A’s husband realized that he didn’t even light an incense, because he was really not in the habit of lighting an incense in the evening. It is simply not safe.

According to A both she and her husband believes that he was ‘called’ by Kuan Yin so that he wouldn’t have to be in the car when the accident happened.

A and her family always wears the image of Kuan Yin as pendant. This is just two stories from a single person; however, there are a lot more Kuan Yin miracle stories that can be shared.

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People who have read my earlier posts knows of my devotion to the ‘Great Sage, Equal of Heaven’ the Monkey God or Monkey King called Sun Wukong. Sun Wukong is a Taoist celestial being who became really wild whom the Buddha pacified. However, it was really Kuan Yin who paved the way for Sun Wukong to be a Buddha. She did this out of her extreme compassion for Sun Wukong who at that time was already condemned for an eternal imprisonment. Kuan Yin did this not just for Sun Wukong but also for other immortals. Westerners largely look at this story as some sort of fantasy, but to Taoist and Chinese Buddhist they have high regard for the said story and believe it actually happened in the celestial world. However, the point here is not whether the story is true or not, but it hopes to illustrate the depth of Kuan Yin’s mercy and compassion that she was able to subdue one of the most powerful Taoist Immortal/Deity. It should be noted that it was implied in the story mentioned above that should Kuan Yin had to ‘fight’ with Sun Wukong, her power would not have match that of Sun Wukong. However, her real power is not with her strength as a Bodhisattva, although, I must clarify, she is very powerful, but more than her physical and celestial strength, is the power of her mercy and compassion that is said to be infinite!kuan-yin21

However, Kuan Yin or Kuan Shi Yin (Guan Shi Yin) which means ‘The One Who Hears the Cries of the World” has a very unique transformation. Kuan Yin is Avalokitesvara in India and Cherezig in Tibet. Nevertheless, Kuan Yin is the female transformation of the said Bodhisattva. I need not talk about who Avalokitesvara in detail now because Kuan Yin is Avalokitesvara (also spelled as Avalokiteshvara), Avalokitesvara is Chenrezig, Chenrezig is Kuan Yin, they may have different names, and in the case of Kuan Yin she may have a different image but they’re one and the same. All the attributes of Kuan Yin are that of Avalokitesvara and Chenrezig, all the attributes of Avalokitesvara and Chenrezig is that of Kuan Yin!

Nevertheless, allow me to state that Kuan Yin in the form of Avalokitesvara first started in India, the land where Buddhism really started. He/She is a Bodhisattva, which is traditionally considered a little less important compared to the Buddhas. However, Avalokitesvara gained reverence equal to that of Buddhas and to some extent, specially amongst Chinese Buddhist, exceeds that of the Buddhas because as the Historical Buddha Sakyamuni himself shared through various sutras, Avalokitesvara should have been a Buddha already, however, he refused Buddhahood and wished to remain a Bodhisattva for the welfare of all sentient beings.

The transformation of Avalokitesvara to Kuan Yin is in itself a very interesting story. There are various stories about how Avalokitesvara became Kuan Yin.Kuan Yin2

One story is that in relation to Tripitaka Monk Xuan Zang who traveled to India to get some Buddhist texts that he can share with his countrymen. When he wrote about his journey he always refers to the Bodhisattva of Compassion as a female Kuan Yin, some people believes that this is one of the first time that Avalokitesvara is addressed as Kuan Shi Yin, which later was shortened into Kuan Yin. In his account of the manifestations of Kuan Yin she always appear as a miraculous being and always under miraculous circumstances.

Another story is that of Princess Miao Shan. I’ll skip the story at the moment, and I’ll share her story as written in Wikipedia at the bottom of this post.

Still, another story about Avalokitesvara’s transformation to Kuan Yin is quite simple and not as popular because it lacks the theatrical and flair of the other stories.

When Buddhism was first introduced to China, the religion is largely Taoism, which has Immortals or Deities that are very powerful and ‘masculine’. The compassionate deities and immortals are mostly female deities. Because of this the Chinese had difficulty in fully comprehending the attributes of Avalokitesvara.

Buddhist monks prayed to Kuan Yin to ask for her guidance. Some text says that Kuan Yin spoke to some Buddhist monks through their dreams and instructed them to introduce him as Kuan Yin with a female form. Other text states that they were able to divine this through an Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin oracle. Whether it was through a dream or through an oracle, it was clear that the Buddhist monks who brought Buddhism to China started the female manifestation of Avalokitesvara. As we know this image became popularly known as Kuan Yin.

This raises the question as to why when experiencing Avalokitesvara’s miracle or vision, people see her as Kuan Yin. According to the explanation of a Chinese Buddhist monk, this is because Avalokitesvara will always appear in the form that people will understand or easily relate to.

I personally believe that the last story is the real reason why Avalokitesvara became Kuan Yin. It is because they need to put an image of mercy and compassion, and because of this Avalokitesvara transformed into Kuan Yin.

Avalokitesvara as Kuan Yin became so popular that even Tibetan Buddhist who is extremely familiar with Avalokitesvara, as a male Bodhisattva would still mention Kuan Yin. In fact, the biggest image of Avalokitesvara in the world is that of Kuan Yin which is found China.

This also answers why some images of Kuan Yin depicts her as a flat-chested handsome young prince.

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One of the semi-masculine form of Kuan Yin.

If you’re interested to know about the Legend of Princess Miao Shan please read on the following that was lifted from Wikipedia.

Another story from the Precious Scroll of Fragrant Mountain describes an incarnation of Guanyin as the daughter of a cruel king who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. The story is usually ascribed to the research of the Buddhist monk Chiang Chih-ch’i during the 11th century CE. The story is likely to have a Taoist origin. Chiang Chih-ch’i, when he penned the work, believed that the Guanyin we know today was actually a Buddhist princess called Miaoshan (妙善), who had a religious following on Fragrant Mountain. Despite this there are many variants of the story in Chinese mythology.

According to the story, after the king asked his daughter Miao Shan to marry the wealthy man, she told him that she would obey his command, so long as the marriage eased three misfortunes.

The king asked his daughter what were the three misfortunes that the marriage should ease. Miaoshan explained that the first misfortune the marriage should ease was the suffering people endure as they age. The second misfortune it should ease was the suffering people endure when they fall ill. The third misfortune it should ease was the suffering caused by death. If the marriage could not ease any of the above, then she would rather retire to a life of religion forever.

When her father asked who could ease all the above, Miao Shan pointed out that a doctor was able to do all of these.

Her father grew angry as he wanted her to marry a person of power and wealth, not a healer. He forced her into hard labor and reduced her food and drink but this did not cause her to yield.

Every day she begged to be able to enter a temple and become a nun instead of marrying. Her father eventually allowed her to work in the temple, but asked the monks to give her the toughest chores in order to discourage her. The monks forced Miao Shan to work all day and all night, while others slept, in order to finish her work. However, she was such a good person that the animals living around the temple began to help her with her chores. Her father, seeing this, became so frustrated that he attempted to burn down the temple. Miao Shan put out the fire with her bare hands and suffered no burns. Now struck with fear, her father ordered her to be put to death.

In one version of this legend, when Guanyin was executed, a supernatural tiger took her to one of the more hell-like realms of the dead. However, instead of being punished by demons like the other inmates, Guanyin played music, and flowers blossomed around her. This completely surprised the head demon. The story says that Guanyin, by merely being in that hell, turned it into a paradise.

A variant of the legend says that Miao Shan allowed herself to die at the hand of the executioner. According to this legend, as the executioner tried to carry out her father’s orders, his axe shattered into a thousand pieces. He then tried a sword which likewise shattered. He tried to shoot Miao Shan down with arrows but they all veered off.

Finally in desperation he used his hands. Miao Shan, realising the fate that the executioner would meet at her father’s hand should she fail to let herself die, forgave the executioner for attempting to kill her. It is said that she voluntarily took on the massive karmic guilt the executioner generated for killing her, thus leaving him guiltless. It is because of this that she descended into the Hell-like realms. While there, she witnessed first-hand the suffering and horrors that the beings there must endure, and was overwhelmed with grief. Filled with compassion, she released all the good karma she had accumulated through her many lifetimes, thus freeing many suffering souls back into Heaven and Earth. In the process, that Hell-like realm became a paradise. It is said that Yanluo, King of Hell, sent her back to Earth to prevent the utter destruction of his realm, and that upon her return she appeared on Fragrant Mountain.

Another tale says that Miao Shan never died, but was in fact transported by a supernatural tiger, believed to be the Deity of the Place, to Fragrant Mountain.

The Legend of Miao Shan usually ends with Miao Chuang Yen, Miao Shan’s father, falling ill with jaundice. No physician was able to cure him. Then a monk appeared saying that the jaundice could be cured by making a medicine out of the arm and eye of one without anger. The monk further suggested that such a person could be found on Fragrant Mountain. When asked, Miao Shan willingly offered up her eyes and arms. Miao Chuang Yen was cured of his illness and went to the Fragrant Mountain to give thanks to the person. When he discovered that his own daughter had made the sacrifice, he begged for forgiveness. The story concludes with Miaoshan being transformed into the Thousand Armed Guanyin, and the king, queen and her two sisters building a temple on the mountain for her. She began her journey to heaven and was about to cross over into heaven when she heard a cry of suffering from the world below. She turned around and saw the massive suffering endured by the people of the world. Filled with compassion, she returned to Earth, vowing never to leave till such time as all suffering has ended.

After her return to Earth, Guanyin was said to have stayed for a few years on the island of Mount Putuo where she practised meditation and helped the sailors and fishermen who got stranded. Guanyin is frequently worshipped as patron of sailors and fishermen due to this. She is said to frequently becalm the sea when boats are threatened with rocks. After some decades Guanyin returned to Fragrant Mountain to continue her meditation.

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Financial Blessings Received by A Reader Became An Extended Blessing For Me: How A Vajrapani Ruel Miraculous Story Experienced by My Reader Helped Me Cope with Feeling Down!

Published Mayo 10, 2016 by jptan2012

Whether we believe in Feng Shui, Amulets, Talismans, or more importantly in Buddhas, Bodhisattvas or Taoist Deities there will come a time in our life that some negativities will affect us, especially if we haven’t really mastered the art of detaching ourselves to worldly behavior. Or sometimes if we are not careful about our practices.

In Zen Buddhism, the practice of meditation is a way to think that everything around is nothing in the sense that it is not permanent. If it is not permanent then it is considered to be not true. It is also in this kind of practice that we should be able to detach ourselves from negative comments of other people. However, this is a practice that requires years before one can master it.

Recently, I was surprised that a person whom I have helped has chosen to be more of a capitalist than a friend. When a regular buyer of her stuff turned to ‘attack’ Buddhism and the Vajrapani Ruel she choose to keep quiet rather than defend a the Vajrapani Ruel even though she has some miraculous experience about it because she seem to be afraid of losing her customers. I was terribly disheartened about this. I mentioned this to my Guru Lama and told him that continuously writing on my blog is sometimes making me more people want to attack me or the Vajrapani Ruel. According to my Guru Lama, this is mostly karmic and I have to go through, and admittedly I have made some mistakes before and some people are capitalizing on these things. But my Guru Lama also added that I should start counting the positive than negative.

And so I did, I realized I have never truly lost a friend because of this blog, but on the contrary I have gained so many friends because of this blog. One of those reader turn friend is BM who aside from being a friend is actually some sort of a guide or counselor. If she were wearing a religious robe she would have been somebody I would call a spiritual counselor. She has a way of letting me see things in a positive way. In fact, I will be writing another post about how she made me see that I should be thankful with something that I was initially complaining about. I thought I have written about her ‘words of wisdom’ a number of times that I should start dedicating a section or category for her.

Another person that I met through my business but developed a deeper friendship with thru this blog is my Malaysian publisher. He is a man so rich beyond the imagination of most people but has remained to be the most humble person I have ever met. Wish I could write more about him but he absolutely doesn’t want me to. He hates being glorified.

Of course, there are a lot more others. And while sometimes people will protect themselves first before sharing the truth, there are a lot more whom I know who will be a staunch protector just because they believe and have experienced some wonderful blessings.

I think, Angie, whose Vajrapani Ruel simple miraculous story I have shared with you in a post called – Financial Blessing By Way of A Mysterious Money Deposit Received Two Days After Receiving the Vajrapani Ruel: A Personal Testimony of A Reader, is also one such person. If you see her she only radiates love and compassion. As I said, I was feeling a little down lately when I received her email. In her email she shares the good news of her miraculous story, albeit simple ones, but still very much a miracle. She has written it really well, that I have decided to post it here verbatim. But what I would really like to share is that how her email came at a point that I needed some chi boosting, and the good news that comes with her email serves as the chi booster. No attacks or lies can negate the fact that people do experience miracles, and of course those who spread the lies about the Vajrapani Ruel are people who have not availed it.

Anyway, please do read Angie’s email and learn more about her simple but wonderful Vajrapani Ruel miraculous story. I am putting it here verbatim:

Dear JP,
The Vajrapani Ruel and Illness Suppression amulets are really, really amazing. Five days after I got the Illness Suppression Amulet from you, and after receiving an unexpected P16,000 plus P6,000 (from an anonymous source) through my bank account,(after getting the Vajrapani Ruel from you), I received a text message early in the morning from my brother who is has been living in the US telling me to collect $200 that he sent me from Western Union. He said that this is his advance payment to me for a painting that he has commissioned me to make last year. My brother has not been communicating with me for a long while; but I send him a gift every year on this birthday even though he doesn’t send me anything during the 30 years that he has been living in the US. Last year, he seemed happy receiving a gift from me so that he sent me $100 and asked me to make a painting of our late father in the plaza of our town during fiesta. I haven’t even started the painting thinking that he was maybe just kidding me, but now I know that he is taking it seriously. He also said that this is only an advance payment and that there is more to come.image1
I got that text message the morning after the night that I chanted Om Vajrapani Hum using my mala and holding the Vajrapani Ruel in my left hand, following your post that it would be good to do this during this time that the Wu Wang has gone to the NE where my bedroom is. After collecting the money from Western Union and depositing my tithe to my church’s bank account, I bought some bread, snacks and coffee sachets and gave these to the security guards and receptionists in my condo building in observance of Shakyamuni Day where one’s actions are supposed to multiply 100 million times and following your post to do acts of kindness to counter the effects of the Wu Wang and Illness Star this month.
The day before Mother’s Day, my son and daughter-in-law took me to lunch and also to dinner which is very unusual because they just take me out either for lunch or for dinner. This time, after lunch, they texted me that they were taking me also to dinner which I happily accepted.image2
Today, my husband gifted me with P10,000 for Mother’s Day. It has really been raining money in my life since I received the two amulets from you and I followed your suggestions in your posts to chant and recite the sutras that you listed there.
When I chanted the chant for the Vajrapani Ruel, I did not go vegan that day because I just decided to chant that night before I went to sleep instead of doing it in the morning. I observed the morning after, that I did not sleep well and felt hot throughout the night even though my bedroom is air-conditioned. I experienced feeling restless and had LBM the morning after. I guess my body was undergoing detox because perhaps I connected to the fine, high frequency of the Vajrapani Bothisattva without going vegan. Does this mean that we should always go vegan before doing the chants?
Note: Taken out a part that is a personal inquiry.
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Thank you,JP that I was able to get the amulets and for your blog where you post many valuable information. Reading your posts, I am now able to understand and learn the value of chanting, reciting the sutras, the positive influence of having amulets, the auspicious meaning of birds, Temple water and many more that I would not know if I did not know about your posts. Many years ago, I was invited by some friends to attend Tibetan Buddhist chanting and satsangs. I even went to Penang, Malaysia with them to attend a Buddhist retreat. I bought many Buddhist books hoping that I would understand Buddhist teachings. I did not learn anything new about Buddhism then so I stopped going. It is only now  that I am able to understand the prayers and rituals that I saw there, from your posts.
Again, thank you and may blessings increase and multiply, return to you a millionfold.
Feel free to write about my experiences in your post, just identify me with my initials, AS, instead of mentioning my full name for security reasons, now that money is raining in my life (LOL).
In light and love,

 

You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

Vajrapani Ruel

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It’s important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless. The Vajrapani Ruel itself is only about 1 to 2 inches and it varies from one ruel to another.


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How Many Incense Should We Really Light?

Published Enero 24, 2015 by jptan2012

burning-incensePeople often asks me as to how much incense stick to use when lighting it as an offering to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas or Deities or Taoist Gods.

Traditionally speaking people do really light three incense sticks and when one is petitioning for something, it is sometimes advised to use nine incense sticks, if what you are petitioning for concerns about an immediate physical danger, then seven incense sticks are used.

However, times have changed. People are now more conscious about Global Warming, and globally Buddhist temples are becoming more aware as to how much they or we are contributing to global warming. Our incense sticks these days are no longer as environmentally friendly as what they used in the old days, which is very organic and much harder to do. In fact, in Malaysia alone, there is now only one family who makes an organic and environmentally friendlier incense stick, and it is said that they won’t last much long because their price is much higher than a commercially made incense stick. But the problem is the incense stick that we used these days contributes a lot to global warming and to answer this concern, a lot of Buddhist Temples around the world has now started encouraging people to simply light one incense stick. ONE HEART, ONE INCENSE. Some temples even encourage that ONE HEART, ONE FAMILY, ONE INCENSE. Meaning, it is the head of the family who is encouraged to light the incense for the whole family.

The truth is I find it hard to transfer from three to one. Because three for me always represents, OM AH HUM or Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. But if you look at Buddhist scriptures, there are really nowhere in them that say we needed to light three incense sticks. And if you look at the number of incense sticks being ‘unnecessarily’ burned everyday, and the damage it is doing to the environment, it is really more Buddhist to simply light one incense stick.

Again ONE HEART, ONE INCENSE and ONE HEART, ONE FAMILY, ONE INCENSE!

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Feng Shui Tips for the Working Person

Published Abril 30, 2012 by jptan2012

After discussing the different FENG SHUI TIPS FOR THE WORK PLACE (1 and 2), I now would like to share the different Taoist Deities or Immortals and Buddhas or Bodhisattvas who can help you with your career and work environment.

Some of the things that I’m going to mention here are things that I’ve discussed in the past, but I believe that they are worth repeating.

For me, one of the most powerful Taoist God who also happens to be a Chinese Buddhist Buddha is the ‘Great Sage, Equal of Heaven’, the Monkey God or Monkey King called Sun Wukong. I have written about Sun Wukong several times in various posts, but if you wish to know more about him you can read a post solely dedicated to Sun Wukong. But it is worth repeating here that Sun Wukong is a very good strategist, furthermore, one of his intrinsic qualities is that he is loyal to those who shows reverence to him and worship him. Having an image of Sun Wukong either as a tabletop image or pendant will give you a competitive edge in all your undertakings. Furthermore, Sun Wukong is also a very powerful protector so having his image will ensure that your chances of getting backstabbed or swindled are greatly minimize. But more than that, Sun Wukong is also a very powerful wealth god so having his image will ensure good salary and help ensure career advancement.

Another powerful Taoist and Buddhist god is Kuan Kong (also called Guan Gong, Kuan Ti, or Guan Ti). Kuan Kong is a historical Bodhisattva and Taoist immortal. I’ve also written intensively about Kuan Kong, and you can know more about him by reading my previous post about Kuan Kong. His difference with Sun Wukong is that Kuan Kong is more appropriate for people who are in power or significant position. But other than that they’re almost the same in qualities, attributes, and the type of blessing that they bestow upon those who tap into their powers.

If your workplace environment is very tense and needs a lot of harmony, you should have the image of the Maitreya Buddha, better known as the Happy Fat Buddha. The Maitreya Buddha, will ensure that there is harmony in an otherwise tense and stressful environment. You can either place an image of the Maitreya Buddha on your table or wear one as a pendant. The Maitreya Buddha will also help ensure that you focus on the positive aspects of a ‘problem’. Furthermore, the Maitreya Buddha is also a very powerful wealth god, so he can ensure good money luck. If you want to know more about the Maitreya Buddha please read my previous post by clicking here.

Just a word of caution, I mentioned here several times that you could put the images of Kuan Kong, Sun Wukong, and Maitreya Buddha on your table. However, you have to ensure that when on your table that you don’t ‘show disrespect’ by constantly hitting them with your papers, calculators, etc. If possible, it is better to place them somewhere that they won’t be disturbed.

Kuan Yin: The One Who Hears the Cries of the World.

Published Pebrero 21, 2012 by jptan2012

Kuan Yin, also spelled as Quan Yin, is a Bodhisattva of Compassion. A lot of people refer to her as the Buddha of Compassion, which is technically wrong in terms of terminology, but absolutely right when refers to her true being.

Kuan Yin (also spelled as Quan Yin, Guan Yin, Gwan Yin, Kwan Yin) is also known as the Goddess of Mercy, Buddha of Compassion, Bodhisattva of Compassion.

The truth is Quan Yin or Kuan Yin is a Bodhisattva who refuses to enter Buddhahood because of her desire to help all sentient beings to achieve nirvana or the Buddhist equivalent of heaven.

Kuan Yin (also spelled as Quan Yin, Kwan Yin, Guan Yin, Gwan Yin) is  of mercy and compassion. It is said, that her compassion towards sentient beings exceeds that of all the other Bodhisattvas combined. She is considered to be a source of unconditional love and a savior of sentient beings. When talking about Kuan Yin’s love for us, mankind is usually not used, because it is said that it is an underestimation of her compassion. Sentient beings is generally use because this also refers to other beings, other than just us humans, it refers to all living creatures that includes insects.

As a Bodhisattva, Kuan Yin pledges to response to all the cries and please of all beings, in fact, it is aid that even before you utter your plea, Kuan Yin would already have heard you and responded to your plea. Naturally, devotion to her will help hasten this, but you need not believe in her for her to reply to your pleas. The sutras that talked about Kuan Yin as a savior of both the spiritual and physical realm and when a person with deep negative karma call upon her, she will have cleanse and help this person from his karmic burden.

I don’t think that it’s an exaggeration to say that Kuan Yin’s popularity amongst Chinese Buddhist exceeds that of other Buddha and Bodhisattva. She is extremely popular and revered that Taoism has also ‘adopted’ her thus making her one of the most revered Taoist deities. It is not surprising to see Taoist temples having her image.

She is also extremely popular as being a merciful deity that some people wrongly address her as Goddess of Mercy.

There are a lot of miracles that are attributed to Kuan Yin. These miracles may range from the simple things like wanting to get a job, wanting to have a child to something really big and may seem like impossible.

My personal treasure trove of stories about Kuan Yin’s blessings and/or miracles is simply amazing. Not to mention stories shared with me by my friends, relatives, and acquaintances. You simply have to search the net and you’ll see a lot of stories about Kuan Yin’s miracles.

I’m not going to share a personal story because that will be a little self-serving. Instead, let me share with you a story of a woman who goes to the same temple that I go to. Let’s just call her A. A is a 40 something housewife. She said that she’s a devotee of Kuan Yin just like her mother. In fact, I’ll often see her make some offerings to Kuan Yin even if there’s no occasion such as the Kuan Yin feast day. I talked to her about her devotion to Kuan Yin and she clarified that while there are other small miracles that she can attribute to Kuan Yin, she believes that 2 of the important thing that happened in her life is due to Kuan Yin’s blessing. The first one is when she had her first child. It was a difficult pregnancy not only because it was her first child, but it was also a complicated pregnancy that almost got aborted several times. The worst part of the pregnancy happened on the 7th month. She had a severe case of bleeding that they thought she’d go into premature labor. On the way to the hospital, while her husband is driving, she and her mom just kept on calling Kuan Yin’s name while they mentally pray that Kuan Yin save her baby.

She was stabilized at the hospital but they can’t say the same were true for her baby. They are unable to detect the heartbeat of the baby and the ultrasound shows that the baby isn’t moving at all! After a while, the OB informed them that if another 15 minutes passed by with a heartbeat and/or a movement they would have to operate on her. By this time, she was almost hysterical, out of desperation; her mom took of her Kuan Yin pendant and gave it to A. A didn’t wear pendant but she ‘hold on’ to Kuan Yin, about 5 minutes after she ‘hold on’ to the pendant, the doctor got an heartbeat from the baby and the ultrasound also showed some movements! The baby who is now an 11-year-old boy is an honor student in Xavier.

Another story that she shared with me is about her husband. A’s husband owns a restaurant and there are times that her husband will have to stay out late to check on the operations of the restaurant. One night, when he was about get on the car, he suddenly had a very strong urge to go back and check on the Kuan Yin altar that A insisted be installed in his office. He just had this nagging feeling that he left something inside, it almost feels like he was being called to go back in by an unseen ‘force’. He thought to himself he might have left incense lighted, which might cause some fire. So he decided to go back in the restaurant. As soon as he stepped inside the restaurant he heard a very loud crashing noise, so loud, that some of the diners ducked down!

When A’s husband looked as to what happened, he saw that a large truck and another car crushed his own car! What happened was a drunk truck driver lost control of his truck, hit a car, which also hit A’s husband’s car. The whole driver side of A’s car was flattened! If he were in the car he would have died already or seriously injured. A said that when she saw the car she cried because she knew that if her husband was in the car he would have died already.

After the incident, that’s when A’s husband realized that he didn’t even light an incense, because he was really not in the habit of lighting an incense in the evening. It is simply not safe.

According to A both she and her husband believes that he was ‘called’ by Kuan Yin so that he wouldn’t have to be in the car when the accident happened.

A and her family always wears the image of Kuan Yin as pendant. This is just two stories from a single person; however, there are a lot more Kuan Yin miracle stories that can be shared.

You can also read my two other posts about Kuan Yin entitled UNDERSTANDING MERCY AND COMPASSION: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AVALOKITESVARA TO KUAN YIN and PAYING HOMAGE TO KUAN YIN, THE BUDDHA OF COMPASSION.

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