I come from Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang, the hometown of the Venerable Master. It is only due to the protection of Guanyin Bodhisattva and the Venerable Master that I’ve made it here.
My name is Lienying Wu. Why do I say that it was Guanyin Bodhisattva who helped me to come here? Before I came, every day I would kneel before Guanyin Bodhisattva and pray to her to help me to have a safe trip to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB). I recited the Great Compassion Mantra 108 times every day and hoped that I could come here. During the trip, all the way people helped and guided me until I arrived here.
I feel very happy to come to CTTB, where the Proper Dharma is found. I see people cultivating here, I feel all the residents in this town have lots of blessings. I envy you!
In recent years in China, both in temples and also laypeople at home have been worshipping images of the Venerable Master and would bow to the Master 108 times a day or sometimes even 1,000 times a day. They would pray to become the Venerable Master’s disciples. After bowing, they would pray to be given Dharma names and often just within their consciousness a Dharma name appeared. They are all very respectful to the Venerable Master. Because the Venerable Master, the great sage, came from Heilongjiang, in Dongbei, people from his hometown are very proud of him and are praying to become his disciples.
Now I’d like to share a story of my personal experiences of how Guanyin Bodhisattva has helped people from suffering. This happened in the fall of 2002. My son is a doctor; he was leading a train of cars to go on a road repairing trip. Drivers were mostly young people. Since young drivers usually driving fast and recklessly, three cars overturned. Three youths in one of the cars were hurt seriously, to the point that they could not be saved.
All the injured people were sent to a good hospital. At that time, I was attending a Dharma Assembly in the Xian Fo Monastery located at Shuangcheng City and I called my son. He told me that three kids had been hurt badly and were bleeding through their eyes, ears, nose and ears. Their pupils were dilated.
I said, “Do you know what their names are?” He gave me their names. I don’t know why I was able to remember those three names so well at that time. I wrote a prayer for them and also made a vegetarian offering at the temple on their behalf. Also I asked the Dharma Masters to recite the Universal Door Chapter and the Great Compassion Mantra.
After reciting, I knelt before the Buddha myself, giving these three kids’ names and prayed, “Amitabha Buddha, you are the unsurpassed Medicine King. Guanyin Bodhisattva, you have great compassion and give vast responses from suffering. No matter what kind of karmic obstacles the kids have from past lives or what karmic obstacles the families have, they were injured while performing a public service after all. Please heal them soon because almost every family has only one child. Please let their parents have a healthy kid.” I felt they were just like my own children. Praying for them, I cried.
I knelt before Guanyin Bodhisattva and recited the Universal Door Chapter eight times and the Great Compassion Mantra” 21 times, and then for the next 15 days I recited the Universal Door Chapter seven times a day, the Great Compassion 21 times and the
Heart Sutra once. After that, I called my son again and asked how the three children were. He said, “Mom, it’s really strange! Though the three kids were so severely hurt, they can now walk, while those who were less severely injured still can’t get off the bed.” The doctors were all really puzzled. Only my son and I knew what had happened, because I had prayed to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
During those 15 days no matter where I was, whether at home, at the temple, or visiting my relatives, I would do those recitations. At my brother’s place, I recited outside in the yard because they don’t have a Buddha Hall. After reciting seven times, I saw a line of Buddhas appearing in the sky from the southwest to the northeast. It was really wonderful; I’ll never forget that scene!
After those kids got well, the parents went to see them. The hospital checked them several times and made sure they were okay. Did I ever let anyone know that I had prayed for those kids? Only the Dharma Masters and a few people at the temple knew it. Because I was afraid that my own strength was not enough, I also wrote their names in the prayer that I put in the temple.
Now I am sharing this story about Guanyin Bodhisattva saving those three kids because it always inspires me and I will never forget it. Guanyin Bodhisattva rescues people in distress according to their prayers. He responds compassionately and saves people from suffering. If you ask for his help, you will surely be freed from suffering. The three kids were miraculously saved not because I recited so well, but because Guanyin Bodhisattva rescued them. I always tell this story about the three kids to encourage people to cultivate and to illustrate how, as the Praise to Guanyin says: “Prayers depart a thousand hearts; in a thousand hearts she answers, / Sailing the sea of suffering, crossing people over.” Guanyin Bodhisattva surely responds to all quests, so I think Buddhism is really inconceivable.
The Venerable Master always told us to be unselfish and not be self-seeking. “Whenever we act on behalf of others, it is good; when we act just for ourselves, it is not good.” So when we do good to help others, our endeavors will succeed and we will also benefit. Although I’m nearly sixty, I still feel very energetic. Since I started practicing Guanyin Bodhisattva’s dharma door and reciting Buddha’s holy name, I feel even healthier than I was in my thirties and forties. This help must come from Buddhism. May everyone become a Buddha soon! Amitabha!