Twenty years ago I was living in Los Angeles. I was once the coordinator for organizing a pilgrimage-tour bus that carried Buddhist friends from Los Angeles to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for a Guan Yin session. During that time, I was also about 6-7 months pregnant.
We left on a Friday night and got to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas early the next morning. When we went to the Buddha Hall for the Morning Recitation, we found out that there were a lot of people attending, and we had to walk outside which was still very cold. I kept reciting Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s name. For some unknown reason, I felt sick and did not know what to do. I tried to fight it off on my own and told myself I did not want to go back to my room to rest. One of my Dharma friends, Helen Woo, urged me to go back to my room to rest. I told her that I came here to recite Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s name with the assembly and not to rest.
Later that evening, in the Wonderful Words Hall, Shr Fu (Venerable Master Hua) was giving a lecture, all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe. I felt like something was choking me. Helen Woo told me to lie down and rest, and so I did; however, because it was not appropriate to do this inside the Hall, I sat up again. I still felt like something was choking me. When I looked up, I saw Shr Fu put his hand up. When he had done that, I could breathe again. One disciple, who had opened the heavenly eye and was sitting to the right of Shr Fu, saw something, turned to tell Shr Fu what she saw. Shr Fu then announced that the evening lecture was over and people could take the opportunity to go to the Main Buddha Hall to set up a Pai-wei. This was unusual because the lecture had just started and the evening lecture never ended so early.
When I left the evening lecture, Shr Fu was waiting outside the Hall. He told me to get into his golf cart and he could drive me back to my cottage. So my husband, Bill Dede, and I got into his cart. When we got to the cottage, I believed that everything was going to be alright. But as soon as I lay down and tried to go to sleep, I started to feel choking again. I thought, “Maybe it’s because I’m 6-7 months pregnant and am really tired.” Bill started to recite Guan Yin’s name, but even that did not help. I felt like I was choking to death. He rushed to find Helen Woo and she went to find Shr Fu. When Shr Fu arrived, he had the disciple who had opened her heavenly eye, together with another Dharma friend Gwo Gao. Bill, Helen, and Gwo Gao started to recite, “Namo Guan Yin Pu Sa”, while Shr Fu and the disciple with her heavenly eye tried to “negotiate” with the spirit who possessed me and was choking me.
Shr Fu and the disciple worked for a very long time but it would not relent. I heard Shr Fu say, “She is a disciple of Buddha! There are two lives involved here. You cannot harm these two lives. You have to leave.”
But the spirit that was choking me would not heed these words, for it was bent on harming me and my unborn daughter. Everyone continued to recite while Shr Fu continued to say, “I ask you to leave and not to harm these two lives. I will help rescue you. I won’t allow you to harm them. They are my disciples!”
After a while, the disciple with the heavenly eye announced, “Guan Shr Yin Bodhisattva has arrived with Heavenly Dharma Protector Wei-tuo Bodhisattva.” They tried to “negotiate” with the stubborn spirit and talk it into leaving.
This situation persisted for almost the whole night and still did not get better.
Finally, the disciple with the heavenly eye said, “Heavenly Dharma Protector Wei-tuo Bodhisattva is going to tie it up and banish it from the country. It won’t be allowed to come back.” … The next day I felt fine as if nothing had happened.
By relating this story, I hope to deepen everybody’s faith in Guan Shr Yin Bodhisattva and the Venerable Master. Always believe in their compassion and never have doubts.