KUAN YIN

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THE PU-MEN CHAPTER OF THE LOTUS SUTRA

 

 

                                                  

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World-Honored One!

May I ask once more

The reason that  this holy Bodhisat

Is named as Kuan Yin?

The World-Honored One replied

By uttering this song:

 

She responds well to all places in all directions!.

The echoes of her holy deeds

Resound throughout the world.

Her broad vows as deep as the ocean.

When, after countless aeons

Of serving countless Buddhas,

She pledged great and pure vows

To liberate afflicted beings.

 

Now listen carefully to the results.

To hear her name or see her image

Or sincerely and mindfully recite her name,

She delivers beings from every  woe.

 

If someone is malicious

Pushing you into a pit of fire,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

Would turn the pit of fire into a pool!

 

Were you adrift upon the sea

With dragon-fish and demons around you,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

Would spare you from the hungry waves.

 

Suppose from Mount Sumeru’s peak

Some enemy should cast you down,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

And sun-like you would float in space.

 

Were you pursued by evil men

And crushed against the Iron Mountain,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

And not a hair would come to harm.

 

Were you chased by a band of thieves,

Their cruel knives now raised to slay,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

And their minds would immediately develop compassion.

 

Suppose the King was extremely anger at you,

The headsman’s sword upraised to strike,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

Would dash the sword to pieces.

 

Were you in jail by prison walls,

Your wrists and ankles bound with chains,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

Would instantly obtain release.

 

Were you cursed or poisoned,

And lay now in the danger,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

Would send the spells back & nullify its poison.

 

Were you surrounded by demons

Or harmful dragons and ghosts,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

And none would dare to do any harm.

 

Did savage beasts press all around

With fearful fangs, ferocious claws,

One thought of Kuan Yin’s saving power

Would make them run off quickly.