[Announcement:] The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas held a Gwan Yin Recitation Session from October 7-13, 1992, and celebrated Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's Leaving Home Day on October 11. That day, Dharma Masters led a group of devotees on a bowing pilgrimage (bowing down once every three steps) from the front gate to the Buddha Hall. They filled the air with the joy of the Dharma as they chanted in unison, "Homage to the Greatly Kind and Compassionate Bodhisattva of the Crystal Land Who Dwells on Potola Mountain and Observes the Sounds of the World."
In the Buddha Hall, while circumambulating and sitting down, everyone sincerely recited the Universal Door Chapter, the Great Compassion Mantra, and Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's sagely name. Dharma Masters lectured on the Dharma-door of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva and the responses obtained from cultivating it. They also explained the wonderful function and listed the benefits of reciting the Great Compassion Mantra as follows:
1. It increases our good roots and wisdom.
2. It averts disasters and resolves problems.
3. It calms anger and resentment and produces happiness.
4. If a person's life is about to end, one may be able to revive him by sincerely reciting the Great Compassion Mantra. If he dies, this recitation will enable him to be reborn in the Pure Land.
Gwan Yin Bodhisattva has made great vows to rescue living beings from suffering and hardship. These vows are explained in the Universal Door Chapter of the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra. Thus, one will certainly benefit from sincerely reciting the name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva.