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28.04.13 : Sincerity & Humility | How Guanyin Bodhisattva Rejects, Accepts & Gives | Mooning Teaching | Project Patience

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       Quote: Sincerity & Humility

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       Realisation: How Guanyin Bodhisattva Rejects, Accepts & Gives

      Offer gifts with compassion and wisdom.
      Reject gifts with compassion and wisdom.
      Accept gifts with compassion and wisdom.
      Redirect gifts with compassion and wisdom.

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      As summarised, in 'Guanshiyin (Avalokiteshvara; Guanyin in short) Bodhisattva's Universal Door Chapter' of the Lotus Sutra, there is this interesting episode… After the Buddha (Sakyamuni; Shijiamouni), to Wujinyi (Aksayamati) Bodhisattva and thousands in the audience, introduced some of the countless manifestations of the Bodhisattva in many worlds for skilful guiding of beings with the Dharma towards liberation, the Buddha explained that this is why all should wholeheartedly make offerings to Guanyin Bodhisattva, so as to honour her accomplishment of such meritorious virtues. The Buddha also remarked that in the midst of fear and grave danger, she is able to bestow fearlessness, which is why she is also named the 'Giver of Fearlessness'.

      Heeding the Buddha's advice, Wujinyi Bodhisattva immediately offered his precious necklace to Guanyin Bodhisattva, asking her to accept his Dharma offering. Just as immediately, Guanyin Bodhisattva declined to receive it. Seeking her consent again, Wujinyi Bodhisattva asked her to accept it out of empathy for him and the others. The Buddha too, encouraged her to accept it, for the same reason.

      Just as immediately again, she accepts it, divides it into two parts, and offers one to the Buddha and the other to Duobao (Prabhutaratna) Buddha's stupa. The Buddha concludes this section by exclaiming to Wujinyi Bodhisattva that Guanyin Bodhisattva has such ease of supernormal powers, with which she travels in this Saha World [of endurance of suffering] to guide beings. The following is commentary on the significance of this incident.

      As Guanyin Bodhisattva is so meritoriously great, making offerings to her respectfully is naturally meritorious for the giver too. This is why the Buddha compassionately urged the practice of generosity towards her. It is not that she needs any offerings, but that it would benefit us much to make offerings to her. While we should emulate her practice of giving, she already embodies the perfection of generosity, able to give not only fearlessness by sharing of merits to offer blessings for assurance, but also in terms of wealth and the Dharma. The greatest gift is of course the Dharma, which is the most precious spiritual wealth, that includes fearless courage. All skilful gifts lead to the ultimate gift of fearless ease that Guanyin Bodhisattva attained. [Continue Reading] [Get Guanshiyin Bodhisattva's Universal Door Chapter]

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      After years of solitary meditation in a cave, interspersed with visits to Milarepa, Gampopa finally completed his training and was ready to leave his master… Gampopa asked him for final instructions. Milarepa, however, simply said, "What is needed is more effort, not more teachings." And he would say no more.

      Gampopa set off and had already crossed a narrow stream when Milarepa shouted to attract his attention one last time. The guru knew that he would not see Gampopa again during this lifetime. "I have one very profound instruction," Milarepa said…

      Gampopa looked back.Milarepa suddenly turned around, bent over, and pulled up his ragged robe, displaying buttocks as calloused and pockmarked as a horse's hoof, hardened from so many years of seated meditation on bare rock. "That's my final instruction, heart-son!" he shouted. "Do it!"

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