Most devoted Buddhists are probably familiar with the Universal Door Chapter of the
Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, which illustrates the miraculous powers of Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva contemplates the sounds of the world, responding to all living beings’ prayers and cries for help, relieving and rescuing them from sufferings.
Many generations in my family as well as several close friends have affinities with Guanyin Bodhisattva. On countless occasions, these individuals have been blessed and saved from danger because of their dedication and belief in the Bodhisattva. I am grateful that I am given this opportunity to share with you the following miraculous experiences that my family and friends have had, as a means of proliferating the compassion of Guanyin, and also to show my sincere appreciation for all that the Bodhisattva has done for us.
My Mother’s Blessed Experiences with the Bodhisattva
When my mother was eight years old, she accidentally fell into a deep ditch that was rapidly rising with storm water. In answer to her cries for help, an individual clad in shimmering white robes appeared and saved her from drowning. Although she was very young then, she remembered very well that kind person who saved her life. A few years later, my mother and her aunt were involved in a shipwreck on a stormy day. As the water aboard the ship quickly rose, it seemed the ship and its passengers had little hope for survival. My mother saw her aunt on her knees praying loudly for Guanyin Bodhisattva to help. Suddenly an island appeared out of nowhere and the storm subsided. Everyone on the ship was saved.
My Brother’s Blessed Experiences with the Bodhisattva
Guanyin Bodhisattva also saved my older brother’s life when he was only minutes old. My mother arrived at the hospital after being in labor with my brother (her first child) for an extended period of time. When my brother was finally delivered, he was blue and showed no sign of life. Naturally my mother was very sad, but she remembered that her grandmother always prayed to Guanyin Bodhisattva in times of trouble, and hence she began to pray. She made her wish known to the Bodhisattva that, if her baby should survive, he would become someone who relieves the pain and sorrow of women who have complications relating to bearing children. After she prayed, my brother miraculously let out a big cry and came back to life. As a child, my brother was very easy to care for, as he was very gentle, never fought with others and never took advantage of his younger siblings. I know him best, for I am only one and a half years younger than he is, and he always protected me when we were younger. We have always been the best of friends.
After giving birth to my brother, my mother subsequently bore five children, who kept her very busy. She had forgotten about her wish to the Bodhisattva. My brother excelled in school and managed to get a scholarship to attend medical school. He later became a medical doctor at a young age. Of all of the various medical specialties that he could have chosen, my brother chose to base his career on obstetrics and gynecology. He is a great doctor, both compassionate and generous with all of his patients, regardless of their social and financial status. He has given gladly free medical treatment to those who cannot afford to pay him. Many patients, who for many years could not conceive after having consulted with top medical professionals, have come to my brother for assistance, and he has been able to aid them in conceiving and delivering the children of their dreams.
The author and her
sisters and brothers 作者與兄弟姊妹
Their wishes were fulfilled as they were finally able to give birth to intelligent, good-looking children with wholesome characters. Although my brother has never mentioned anything regarding his success with clients’ requests, I have heard from his patients themselves how grateful they are, how their lives have been transformed by giving birth to children they never thought they could have, or bringing back life to their dying children. In fact, he is often referred to as “one of the three treasures among the medical community.”
My Son’s Blessed Experiences with the Bodhisattva
My youngest son contracted a very rare kidney disease before he turned five years old. For one and a half years he routinely visited doctors twice a week. However, a combination of both Eastern and Western medical treatments proved unsuccessful. Fortunately, a very kind fellow Buddhist introduced us to the Great Compassion Mantra, which my son and I began to recite. Also, we met with the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and my whole family took refuge with him.
After these two events my whole family, and in particular my son, became more devout Buddhists and more dedicated to reciting the Great Compassion Mantra. Although my son was only five years old, he had strong faith in Guanyin Bodhisattva and begged the Bodhisattva to relieve him of his pain. He recited the Mantra several hundred times daily and drank blessed water after praying. Inconceivably, Guanyin Bodhisattva answered his prayers and he was completely healed within a matter of days.
作者闔家The author and her family
At the age of six when my son was healed, he decided on his own to show his appreciation for the Bodhisattva’s compassion by leading a vegetarian lifestyle. Numerous individuals were concerned that his new diet might interfere with his growth. My husband and I consulted with his doctors and were told that our son would have better health and a longer lifespan because a vegetarian diet is by far the best for our bodies. For almost two decades he has maintained a clean bill of health; he is fit physically, mentally and spiritually. He is living proof that the widely held belief that all vegetarians are anemic and in poor health is a total misconception.
My Sister’s Blessed Experiences with the Bodhisattva
The weather in the Midwest is very extreme, especially in the State of Illinois where my sister lives. One winter morning about a month ago my sister was driving to work on an icy freeway after a blizzard had battered the region for several days. Without warning the car in front of her lost control and started to spin. The cars around her were whizzing by, and there was no time for my sister to react; a terrible accident seemed imminent. To her shock she felt herself and the car being levitated, as if lifted by a giant crane or magnet, then safely lowered to another lane with no traffic following her. In the next instant she heard the sounds of cars behind her crashing into one another. The result was a chain accident; miraculously my sister was the only one who escaped.
My sister informed me that before she gets into a vehicle, it is her practice to pray to Guanyin Bodhisattva for a safe journey. It is because of this practice that the Bodhisattva protected her that day and that she is alive and well today.
Others’ Blessed Experiences with the Bodhisattva
Many individuals outside my family, and very important in my life, have had similar experiences with the Bodhisattva.
The Abbot of a temple in Burma once told his congregants that during the Second World War, a group of insurgents charged into the temple and threatened to rob and kill him. They aimed a machine gun at his head but the gun would not fire, even after being unloaded and reloaded three times. The insurgents realized it was the power of Guanyin Bodhisattva that protected the Abbot and in awe, they bowed and left without harming anyone. The Abbot said that he was reciting the Bodhisattva’s name during the entire ordeal.
Certain good friends of mine were also blessed by Guanyin Bodhisattva’s compassion. Specifically, I’ve been told of instances when my friends and their possessions have been spared from fires. While huge conflagrations destroyed nearby homes and businesses, the flames changed direction when approaching my friends’ property. One of them saw someone clothed in luminescent white robes at the scene of the fire, a being who seemed to be diverting the fire.
My family, friends and I consider ourselves fortunate that we have been able to hear the Bodhisattva’s name in the Saha world. We are extremely grateful that the Bodhisattva has shone a light upon us, thereby preventing us from falling into danger, rescuing us from our sufferings and guiding us on the right path towards Land of Ultimate Bliss. In order to have one’s wishes fulfilled, one must have complete faith and sincerity. One must continuously study the Buddhadharma to repay the generosity of the Bodhisattva and the Buddhas. My family, friends and I will undoubtedly continue to have strong faith and maintain good cultivation, and we will always keep the Bodhisattva in our minds and in our hearts.
Na Mo Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa.