Posts Tagged ‘Avalokiteśvara’

Sweet Soother of Souls

There are many horrors awaiting those who are consigned to the Buddhist Hells, but on occasion Compassion itself is to be found there and hopefully experienced. Eileen Gardiner’s Buddhist Hell: Visions, Tours, and Descriptions of the Infernal Otherworld, covers tales of those who descend into hell in order to comfort those poor and tortured souls who find no rest or comfort from their incessant inflictions. One of the Buddha’s major disciples, Maudgalyāyana or Mulian in Chinese Buddhism, Read more [...]

The Universal Gateway of the Bodhisattva Who Hears the Cries of the Poor

Those reading this title from Chapter 25 from translations that don't utilize the sanskrit might not realize this refers to non-other than our own beloved Avalokiteśvara. This entire chapter is in honor of the Greatest (in our own saha-realm) Bodhisattva of Compassion, the Universal-Gateway that invites all the “spiritually” poor, all the lost and forsaken, those stricken with vile diseases and addictions—yea all who are in desperate need of spiritual healing, to come and find spiritual Read more [...]

As Tears Go By

7.The Goddess Thereupon, Manjusri, the crown prince, addressed the Licchavi Vimalakirti: "Good sir, how should a bodhisattva regard all living beings?" Vimalakirti replied, "Manjusri, a bodhisattva should regard all livings beings as a wise man regards the reflection of the moon in water or as magicians regard men created by magic. He should regard them as being like a face in a mirror; like the water of a mirage; like the sound of an echo; like a mass of clouds in the sky; like the previous Read more [...]
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