Bodhisattvas Rescue #4

When I interviewed pilgrims on P’u-t’o Island in March 1987, I asked if they knew of any stories about Kuan-yin’s response either to their own prayer or somebody else’s.

Invariably the reply was affirmative. For example, a young woman of twenty-four came with her mother, a retired nurse of forty-nine, from Shanghai to fulfill a vow (huan-yüan).

Two years earlier, the mother had developed cancer of the intestines. When she was operated on, the cancer was very advanced and had spread. So the doctor sewed her up and predicted that she would die soon.

The mother prayed to Kuan-yin for a whole year and vowed that if she should survive, she would come to P’u-t’o to give thanks. Two years had passed and she was well, so the mother and daughter traveled to the island.

~ From “Kuan-Yin” book by Chün-fang Yü, page 152

Bodhisattvas Rescue #3

About a decade ago, a big article about a kidnapping case appeared in the newspapers in Taiwan. A young, successful construction business owner named Mr. Wang was targeted by the mafia. One night, out driving, he was taken by five or six gangsters.

They took him deep into the mountains, where they had dug a large hole in advance so they could leave him there. Mr. Wang’s hands and feet were bound tightly. In addition, they gagged his mouth so he couldn’t call fo rhelp.They threw him into the hole and left him alone.

Mr.Wangknows the Great Compassion Mantra, and he remembered that the mantra could help anyone who was in danger. Even though he couldn’t recite the mantra out loud, he tried his utmost to do it in his mind. He kept on reciting and reciting for an unknown period of time.

Suddenly, the rope around his hands fell off and the rope around his feet loosened up. Happily, he climbed out of the hole and tumbled down a hill. It was early morning. Hungry and exhausted, he saw a farmhouse ahead. Moving with difficulty, he knocked on a farmer’s door for help.

The farmer answered the door and, seeing that his face, clothes, and body were all blackened, asked him, “Are you a ghost?” He answered that he wasn’t a ghost and gave the farmer a short version of what had happened to him.

He asked for food and clothes and said he had to call the police. The farmer kindly gave him some food to eat and let him take a shower and change his clothes. When he had finished eating, Wang called the police and reported the kidnapping. The police were able to catch the kidnappers quite quickly with Mr. Wang’s information.

A Buddhist reporter made this headline news and demonstrated the miraculous power of the Great Compassion Mantra. So this is an extremely wonderful response that came about from reciting the Great Compassion Mantra.

Bodhisattvas Rescue #2

In the Biographies of Promoters of the Lotus Sutra (Hung-tsan fa-hua chuan), there is the story about the monk Shih Fa-ch’eng (562–640), who was committed to the constant chanting of the Lotus Sutra as his vocation.

At one time, however, he was exhausted both physically and mentally and felt that he had to give up his practice. So he carried out a ritual program of worshiping Kuan-yin and prayed for protection.

When he finished the twenty-one day rite, he suddenly saw a giant in white standing in front of the Buddha image. The giant gave him some medicine and asked him to swallow it.

After that he became doubly vigorous in body and mind. He could then recite the sutra without stopping (T 8:37b).

Bodhisattvas Rescue #1

Gunabhadra arrived in Canton in 435 after a dangerous journey from Ceylon during which the wind suddenly
stopped and the boat was marooned in the ocean. He asked his fellow passengers to concentrate on the buddhas of the ten directions and call on Kuan-yin.

He himself secretly chanted a dharani sutra, repented to the bodhisattva and worshiped him. The wind rose up and rain began to fall. Then the boat could continue to sail. After he arrived in China, he was well received. But because he could not speak Chinese, he had to rely on translators.

When he was asked to give lectures on the Hua-yen Sutra by the prime minister, he felt very ashamed because he himself could not speak the language. That same night, he performed a repentance rite and begged Kuan-yin for help. He then dreamt of a person in white who carried a sword in one hand and a man’s head in the other.

The person asked Gunabhadra why he was worried. When told the reason, he told Gunabhadra not to worry. He cut off Gunabhadra’s head and put the head he was holding on the latter instead. The next morning when Gunabhadra woke up, he could speak Chinese perfectly (T 50:344b).

~ From “Kuan Yin” book by Chun-fang-Yu, page 166