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Venerable Master Hua's Talk on August 1, 1993 at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
葉淑貞 記錄 Transcribed by Yeh Su-jen




觀世音菩薩他有七難、二求、十四無畏、十九說法、三十二應,無非以這種大威神力想要幫助一切的凡夫俗子,幫助一切在這五濁惡世裡邊的眾生,所以他的名字叫觀世音菩薩。他觀看這五濁惡世一切的音聲,他能尋聲救苦,隨心滿願。隨心滿願是什麼呢?就是你想要發願,想成就一個什麼願力,他 都會滿足你的願力。二求是什麼呢?二求就是求男、求女。你要求男,就會生聰明有智慧的男孩子;求女,就會生端莊有相之女,這是相好超過一般的人。


所以我們在萬佛城,應該大家共同參加意見,出一本《萬佛城的感應》這一類的book(書本)。你們大家誰有什麼經驗,有什麼感應,有什麼靈感,都把它詳詳細細地寫出來。在這靈感裡頭,又分種種的靈感-有的是觀音菩薩示現來感應你;有的是觀音菩薩在夢寐之中,示現來感應道交;有的是觀音菩薩隨心滿願,滿足你們的願力,你們立了什麼願-譬如求男就得男,求女就得女。我相信這種事情在萬佛城是發生很多很多的,又有一些有病的人,生 cancer (癌症)的人,到了萬佛城後,不知不覺這 cancer 就沒有了。這些事實,我們都應該把它記錄起來。


If you don't abandon hope, and you can strike up your spirits all the time and diligently advance without retreat, then you will gain real accomplishment in cultivation. If you indulge in laxity or laziness half way along in your cultivation, then even if you work from eight thousand eons you will still get no attainment. Therefore, all of us must have courageous, persistent and sincere hearts. The courageous and vigorous resolve is easy to make, but to hang on to that attitude and make it long-lasting is not easy. Neither is it easy to keep a constant resolve for Bodhi. Since this is the case, we have to try our best to overcome these difficulties. You must avoid letting down your guard over time, and becoming lazy and indulgent. This is the duty of a cultivator.

People at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas must undergo a bit of toil; otherwise, without hardship, what can strengthen you to break through all these difficulties? How will you be able to leap out of the sea of suffering? I wish you will, each one of you, accomplish Buddhahood quickly, before I do, and I am willing to stay behind and take care of all the arrangements. So all of you must vigorously cultivate the Way.

Today we are celebrating Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva's Accomplishment of the Way. In the past, Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva was an ordinary person just like you and me. He diligently cultivated the Forty-two Hands and Eyes, and consequently attained a thousand hands and a thousand eyes, and a heroic appearance. In the Saha World, he is known as the "Giver of Courage."

Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva rescues living being from the Seven Kinds of Disasters, fulfills the Two Kinds of Wishes, and Bestows the Fourteen Kinds of Courage. He speaks Nineteen Kinds of Dharma, and manifests in Thirty-two Kinds of Response Bodies. With awesome spiritual power, he wants to help all the common people, and all the living beings in this world of Five Turbidities. That's why he is called the Bodhisattva Who Contemplates the Sounds of the World. He contemplates all the voices and sounds in this world of Five Turbidities. Hearing their voices, he rescues beings from suffering and fulfills their wishes. If you make a resolve to achieve something, he will help you to fulfill it. What are the two kinds of wishes that he fulfills? First, if you pray for a son, Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva will give you an intelligent and clever son. Second, if you pray for a daughter, he will give you an uncommonly pretty daughter with well-formed features.

The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas was founded in 1976, over ten years ago. But up to today, the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas has never closed its doors or gone bankrupt. And so in all these years, the doors have remained open. All of this is due to the response of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva. Those who have come here to pray for a son have gone back and received sons. Those who have prayed for daughters have gotten daughters. These are the inconceivable responses of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva. In order to receive such a response, you must first have faith and sincerity. After Gwan Yin Bodhisattva has generously granted your wish, you should seriously study the Buddha-dharma to repay his great courageous favor.

Everyone at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas should get together and compile a book of The Miraculous Events (Responses) at The City of 10,000 Buddhas. Anyone who has had a special experience should write it out in detail. There have been many kinds of responses. Some people have seen Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva manifest before them, and some have seen Gwan Yin Bodhisattva in a dream. Some have had their wishes fulfilled by Gwan Yin Bodhisattva. I believe that there are many cases in which those who came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and prayed for sons and daughters had the prayers answered. There have been patients with terminal cancer, who regained their health after coming to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

These are all factual events. We should make a record of all the experiences and responses which faithful men and women have had at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. I hope everyone will write down his or her personal experiences and send one copy to me and one to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas will compile all these materials and publish a book commemorating these incidents. Don't miss the opportunity to write out your experience. On the one hand, you are supporting the Way-Place by doing so and on the other hand, you are showing your appreciation for Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's aid. Many people have had their prayers for sons and daughters answered at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and we should record all these cases in complete detail. If you have had a response in the Way from Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, then you have to write it clearly; otherwise, you will cover up the merit of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva.


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