Guan Yin The Pathway to Compassion and Service

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Who is Guan Yin?

Guan Yin is short for Guan Shi Yin, which means “the one who hears the sounds or cries of the world.” As Guan Shi Yin Pusa, she is known as the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

There are different stories and legends about Guan Yin’s origins and gender. It is said that Guan Yin can incarnate at will, in any form, to save beings from suffering and ignorance. In the west and much of China, she is often depicted and referred to as female.

Guan Yin is revered around the world for her compassion and mercy. She made many vows that demonstrate her deep and total commitment to end suffering. She will help any soul who calls her name. There are a multitude of heart touching stories from those who have called upon her in times of need, to save their lives, restore health and more.

In Taoism, records indicate that Guan Yin became immortal. Yet she is very humble. Guan Yin calls herself a bodhisattva – representing one who is not quite at total enlightenment, but she is indeed a Buddha. In 2003, Guan Yin’s new name – Ling Hui Sheng Shi (pronounced ling hway sheng shr), was revealed to humanity. “Ling” means soul. “Hui” means intelligence. “Sheng” means saint. “Shi” means servant.

What is the Da Bei Zhou?

Da Bei Zhou (pronounced dah bay joe) is the Big Compassion Mantra. “Da” means big. “Bei” means compassion. “Zhou” means mantra. It is said that Guan Yin learned to chant the Da Bei Zhou from her spiritual father, Qian Guang Jing Wang. She was so profoundly touched by its power that she vowed to chant it every day.

Let us chant Guan Yin’s Compassionate Mantras, including the Da Bei Zhou.

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