Eight Great Bodhisattvas

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Also called Buddha’s great regents, or his eight great heart-sons, these Great Ones help many past, present & future buddhas. They will in the very distant future become Buddhas also.

Mipham Bodhisattva (d. 1912) compiled from sutras & tantras a little about the spiritual path, beneficial powers & wisdom of each of the Eight. Here is an excerpt that begins the chapter about Manjushri from A Garland of Jewels:
I PROSTRATE TO THE YOUTHFUL MANJUSHRI, [ 1 ] THE BODHISATTVA MAHASATTVA! I VENERATE YOU! I TAKE REFUGE IN
YOU!

This protector, this lord of wisdom, is the single body of the utterly nonconceptual primordial awareness
of all buddhas of the three times. He will abide in the form of a bodhisattva for as long as space and the
dharmadhatu remain. To some, he appears as a buddha, all of whose qualities are complete. To some, he
appears as the foremost son of the victors. To some, he appears as a trainee on the path whose qualities
are incomplete. To some, he appears as an ordinary being. Through various deeds he performs all the
functions of all victors and all their children, and enters all the realms of beings. His deeds are inconceivable.

Therefore in the Sutra of Heroic Samadhi it is taught that he has already achieved buddhahood. In the
Sutra for the Benefit of Angulimala it is taught that he is living as a buddha now. In the Sutra of the
Array of Manjushri’s Realm
it is taught that innumerable kalpas from now he will demonstrate
buddhahood as the protector All-Seeing. Although he demonstrates the various deeds of both a buddha
and a bodhisattva, he is without decrease or increase. With a wisdom body that is like space, he engages
in a variety of deeds equal to the number of beings.
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1. Manjushri has many names, some of which are explained later in this chapter. Manjushri means “gentle splendor.” Manjughosha, another of his names, means “gentle melody.” Manjushri is said to be called “youthful” because he first appeared to the sangha in the form of a youth, and because he embodies timeless and therefore ever-youthful primordial awareness.
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I PROSTRATE TO THE BODHISATTVA MAHASATTVA AVALOKITESHVARA, [ 1 ] GREAT COMPASSION! I VENERATE YOU! I TAKE REFUGE IN YOU!

The qualities of this supreme noble one are utterly inconceivable.

From the Box Sutra

When Avalokiteshvara visited the burning iron buildings in the Avichi Hell, that environment became cool
and the buildings were transformed into pools covered by lotuses. Seeing Avalokiteshvara’s ability to
liberate beings, even Yamaraja praised him. Then Avalokiteshvara went to the preta realm. He caused it
too to become cool and all the beings there to become loving. He stopped their suffering. From his twenty digits
and the pores on his skin emerged great streams of water. These relieved all the pretas and removed all their suffering.
From these streams issued the sound of the words of the Box Sutra, like a king among the three jewels.
This sound caused the pretas’ view of the transitory composite to be conquered by the vajra of wisdom. [ 2 ] They were reborn in Sukhavati.

Every day, Avalokita fully ripens billions and billions of beings. Even tathagatas do not possess such
confidence. From Avalokita’s eyes emerge the sun and moon. From his forehead emerges Maheshvara,
from his shoulders Brahmā, from his heart Mahabala, from his canine teeth Sarasvati, from his mouth the
god of wind, from his feet the god of earth, and from his belly the god of water. [ 3 ] Wherever Avalokita
goes there are a rain of flowers and other amazing wonders such as pools and trees in bloom. Avalokita
displays whatever form will tame those to be tamed, including the forms of a tathagata, a shravaka, a
pratyekabuddha, Brahmā, Indra, a human being, and a nonhuman being. By displaying such variety he fully
ripens beings. Even tathagatas do not do what Avalokita does.
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1. Avalokiteshvara means “lord with all-seeing eyes.”
2. The view of the transitory composite is the belief in the true or inherent existence of the self and of things in general. This belief includes the false imputation of the attributes of permanence, oneness, and independence to things that are
impermanent, composite, and interdependent.
3. Mahabala is a wrathful deity associated with protection. Sarasvati is a goddess associated with learning and music.
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I PROSTRATE TO THE BODHISATTVA MAHASATTVA VAJRAPANI! [ 1 ] I VENERATE YOU! I TAKE REFUGE IN YOU!

Vajrapani, the Lord of Secrets, holds the treasury of all the secrets of the body, speech, and mind of the
tathagata. He is therefore the very personification of the inconceivable.

From the Ratnakutasutra’s “Chapter on the Inconceivable Secret”

Once, Vajrapani remained to the bhagavat’s right, holding a vajra. The bodhisattva Shantimati said to
Vajrapani, “Lord of Secrets, you are a close attendant of the tathagata. Please confidently expound the
secret qualities of the tathagata that are beyond the reach of shravakas, pratyekabuddhas, and, it need not
be said, ordinary beings.”
As the tathagata Shakyamuni then also requested Vajrapani to speak, the Lord of Secrets said, “As long as
the bhagavat remained a bodhisattva whose awakening had been predicted by Dipankara, I remained his
attendant. [ 2 ] During that period I saw his secret body, speech, and mind of a bodhisattva.” Vajrapani then
partially described them. By doing so he benefited innumerable beings.
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1. Vajrapani means “vajra in hand” or “vajra holder.”
2. Dipankara was a buddha in the distant past.
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I PROSTRATE TO THE PROTECTOR MAITREYA, [ 1 ] THE BODHISATTVA MAHASATTVA! I VENERATE YOU! I TAKE REFUGE IN
YOU!
From the Mahayana Sutra of Arya Maitreya’s Entrance

The buddha said, “The bodhisattva mahasattva Maitreya has for a long time behaved with chastity and
served the victors. He has generated roots of virtue and has achieved patience with the profound. I, your
teacher Shakyamuni, generated bodhichitta eighty-four thousand kalpas after Maitreya’s entrance into the
perfect path.
“Innumerably many, inconceivably many kalpas ago a buddha called Good Golden Light appeared. He
radiated a golden light of benevolence that illuminated the world in which he lived. At that time Maitreya
was a chakravartin king called Golden who ruled a world of four continents. He supported, served, and
venerated in all ways the buddha Good Golden Light and his great sangha of bodhisattvas for eighty-four
million years. He was assisted in this service by Brahmā, Indra, and the four great kings.
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1. Maitreya means “loving.” Maitreya is also called Ajita, which means “unbeatable.” Ajita is also the Sanskrit form of the name Mipham, which is the name of the author of this book.
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I PROSTRATE TO THE BODHISATTVA MAHASATTVA AKASHAGARBHA! [ 1 ] I VENERATE YOU! I TAKE REFUGE IN YOU!

From the Arya Akashagarbha Mahayana Sutra

The bhagavat once stayed on Mount Khaladeya, accompanied by countless shravakas and bodhisattvas. At
that time he predicted the tathagata Shrisamaya. Immediately thereafter a wish-fulfilling jewel appeared in
the western sky, surrounded by millions of sapphires. The light of this jewel was so bright that it outshone
all visible forms in these billion worlds. With the single exception of the tathagata’s body, the bodies of
all beings and the forms of the four elements disappeared in this light. Everything became a boundless
expanse of space. No matter where you looked, all you could see was space, the resplendent body of the
tathagata, and the light of those jewels. Your own body, those of others, and the light and form of the sun
or moon were all invisible. Even the perception of your mind and its contents as “me” and “mine,” and
the perceptions of the six senses did not occur.

Other than those bodhisattvas on the tenth level who had achieved the heroic samadhi and were in their
last life before awakening, all the bodhisattvas, shravakas, devas, and others in that gathering became
terrified. Unable to tell “here” from “there,” they became agitated. Unable to see one another or anything
else, they were too overcome to even ask themselves what was happening.

The bodhisattva Spike of Brahma bowed to the bhagavat and said, “This great miracle has bewildered
this gathering. I pray that you reassure us. Surely this is a sign of the presence here of great bodhisattvas
and heralds profound teaching!”

The buddha replied, “It is so.” As soon as he said that, everyone in that gathering became able to see
everything as before. Then the bhagavat stretched out his right hand and said, “The bodhisattva mahasattva
Akashagarbha’s samadhis are like the ocean. His bodhisattva training is like Mount Meru. His wisdom is
like space. His diligence is like the wind. His patience is like a vajra. He is like the greatest victory
banner among bodhisattvas, like a guide in leading all beings to nirvana, like a treasury of all virtues, like
a vase of riches for all who suffer from poverty, like the sun for all who wander in darkness, like the
moon for those who have lost their way, like Mount Meru for the fearful, like medicinal elixir for those
tormented by the sickness of the kleshas, like a staff for those fallen from virtue, like a flower for those
who weave garlands, like a mirror for those with vows, like clothing for those with modesty and a
conscience, like a shelf from which one could climb to nirvana, like a boat for crossing to the other side
of samsara, like a stairway to heaven, like a parasol shielding the reviled from abuse, like a lion
defending those under attack, like water for those needing rain, like armor for those at war with maras,
like opened eyes for those confused about the training, like the earth on which ripens all fruits of virtue,
like medicine for the sick, like grain for the starving, like water crystal for the thirsty, like a bed for the
exhausted, like a fire crystal for those with samadhi, like a chariot for those on the path to awakening, like
a pool for those playing in a park, and like a garland for those cultivating the factors of awakening. [ 2 ]
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1. Akashagarbha means “essence of space.”
2. The seven factors of awakening are: recollection, discernment, diligence, joy, pliancy, equanimity,and samadhi.
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Here is the Dedication at the end of A Garland of Jewels:
Feeling even slight admiration for these deeds of the eight mahabodhisattvas is the ground of
immeasurable virtue. Based on admiration, we develop the aspiration to do what they have done. That
wish is the root of the mahayana path. We also need to know that it is impossible to become a buddha
without emulating the oceans of feats of bodhisattvas.

Through aspiration we correctly enter the path. Our faith in the mahayana path and its result become
indestructibly strong. We gradually become equal to these children of the victors, the mahabodhisattvas.
Finally, we will achieve omniscient wisdom.

For the sake of inspiration, I, Mipham Nampar Gyalwa, have collected these stories about the heart sons,
the eight mahabodhisattvas, taking them from the precious treasury of the tathagata’s perfect words. May
all beings throughout space become equal to the eight bodhisattvas and possess all their qualities!

May I and all others become just like
The eight great heart-sons in their bodhichitta,
Deeds, aspirations, wisdom, love, capability,
And unsurpassable miracles of primordial wisdom.

VIRTUE! MANGALAM!
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I PROSTRATE TO THE BODHISATTVA MAHASATTVA KSHITIGARBHA! [ 1 ] I VENERATE YOU! I TAKE REFUGE IN YOU!

From the Kshitigarbhadasachakrasutra
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The bhagavat [Buddha] replied, “There is a bodhisattva mahasattva called Kshitigarbha. He has ripened beings
throughout countless kalpas during times of fivefold degeneracy in worlds without buddhas. He is coming
to this world now, in the form of a renunciate and accompanied by a large retinue of bodhisattvas, in
order to prostrate and present offerings to me and in order to view the mandala of my retinue. These
miracles are happening through his power. The mahabodhisattva Kshitigarbha is adorned by
immeasurable, innumerable, inconceivable qualities. No one in the world — not even a shravaka or
pratyekabuddha — could appraise them. This bodhisattva is a treasure of all perfect qualities. He is a
source of precious liberation. He purifies the vision of bodhisattvas. He guides beings to nirvana. Like a
wish-fulfilling jewel, he fulfills hopes by raining down everything that is desired. He is like the island of
jewels sought by many merchants, like a fertile field in which all roots of virtue can grow, like a vessel
containing the bliss of liberation, like a good vase in being the source of all precious qualities, like the
sun in that he provides light to all who seek virtue, like a beacon for the lost, like the moon in that he
dispels torment by kleshas, like a mount for the lame, like a conveyance for those on a long journey, like a
guide through the wilderness, like medicine for the insane, like a skilled physician for the gravely ill, like
a staff and support for the aged, like a bed for the weary, like a bridge that spans the four rivers of
suffering, and like a boat that conveys you across the water.

“Like the earth, he ripens the three types of roots of virtue and continuously gives forth the fruits of virtue.
His generosity is as unceasing as the turning of a wheel. His morality is as stable as Mount Meru. His
diligence is as indestructible as a vajra. His patience is as unshakable as the great earth. His meditation is
as deep as a mine. His even placement is as beautiful as a flower garland. His wisdom is as vast and
deep as a great ocean. Like space, he is free from attachment to anything. Like a flower in bloom, his
fruition reveals the goodness of its cause. He is like a king of lions in his taming of tirthikas. He is like a
naga or an elephant in his defeat of devaputramara. Like a divine sword, he cuts through all the kleshas’
noise. Like the pratyekabuddhayana, he embodies sadness toward distractions. Like pure water, he
washes away the stains of the kleshas. Like a tornado, he blows away the garbage of impurity. Like a
sharp weapon, he cuts off access to affliction. Like a friend or family member, he protects from fear and
anxiety. Like a trench or fortress, he protects against attack. Like parents, he frees from all terror. Like a
dense forest, he shields the weak and timid. He is like a shady tree for those on a long summer journey,
like cool water for those tormented by heat and thirst, like ripe grain for the hungry, like clothing for the
naked, like a dense cloud for those menaced by heat, like a wish-fulfilling jewel for the poor, like a place
of safety for the endangered, like rain for crops, and like a water-cleansing jewel for polluted water.
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1. Kshitigarbha means “essence of earth.”
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More on Bodhisattva Avalokakitesvara.
The Lotus Sutra
Translated by Burton Watson


Chapter Twenty-five: The Universal Gate of Bodhisattva Kanzeon


At that time the bodhisattva Inexhaustible Intent immediately rose from his seat, bared his right shoulder, pressed his palms together and, facing the Buddha, spoke these words: "World Honored One, this Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds-- why is he called Perceiver of the World's Sounds?"

The Buddha said to Bodhisattva Inexhaustible Intent: "Good man, suppose there are immeasurable hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, millions of living beings who are undergoing various trials and suffering. If they hear of this Bodhisattva Perceiver of the Word's Sounds and single-mindedly call his name, then at once he will perceive the sound of their voices and they will all gain deliverance from their trials.

If someone, holding fast to the name of bodhisattva perceiver of the world's sounds, should enter a great fire, the fire could not burn him. This would come about because of this bodhisattva's authority and supernatural power. If one were washed away by a great flood and call upon his name, one would immediately find himself in a shallow place.

"Suppose there were a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, a million living beings who, seeking for gold, silver, lapis lazuli, seashell, agate, coral, amber, pearls, and other treasures, set out on the great sea. and suppose a fierce wind should blow their ship off course and it drifted to the land of rakshasas demons. If among those people there is even just one who calls the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's sounds, then all those people will be delivered from their troubles with the rakshasas. This is why he is called Perceiver of the World's Sounds.

"If a person who faces imminent threat of attack should call the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's sounds, then the swords and staves wielded by his attackers would instantly shatter into so many pieces and he would be delivered.

Thought enough yakshas and rakshasas to fill all the thousand-million-fold world should try to come and torment a person, if they hear him calling the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds, then these evil demons will not even be able to look at him with their evil eyes, much less do him harm.

"Suppose, in a place filled with all the evil-hearted bandits of the thousand-million-fold world, there is a merchant leader who is guiding a band of merchants carrying valuable treasures over a steep and dangerous road, and that one man shouts out these words: 'Good men, do not be afraid! You must single-mindedly call on the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds. This bodhisattva can grant fearlessness to living beings. If you call his name, you will be delivered from these evil-hearted bandits!' When the band if merchants hear this, they all together raise their voices, saying, 'Hail to the Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds!' And because they call his name, they are at once able to gain deliverance. Inexhaustible Intent, the authority and supernatural power of the Bodhisattva and mahasattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds are as mighty as this!

"If there should be living beings beset by numerous lusts and cravings, let them think with constant reverence of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds and then they can shed their desires. If they have great wrath and ire, let them think with constant reverence of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds and then they can shed their ire. If they have great ignorance and stupidity, let them think with constant reverence of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds and they can rid themselves of stupidity.

"Inexhaustible Intent, the Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds possesses great authority and supernatural powers, as I have described, and can confer many benefits. For this reason, living beings should constantly keep the thought of him in mind.

"If a woman wishes to give birth to a male child, she should offer obeisance and alms to Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds and then she will bear a son blessed with merit, virtue, and wisdom. And if she wishes to bear a daughter, she will bear one with al the marks of comeliness, one who in the past planted the roots of virtue and is loved and respected by many persons.

"Inexhaustible Intent, the Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds has power to do all this. If there are living beings who pay respect and obeisance to Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds, their good fortune will not be fleeting or vain. Therefore living beings should all accept and uphold the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds.

"Inexhaustible Intent, suppose there is a person who accepts and upholds the names of as many bodhisattvas as there are sands in sixty-two million Ganges, and for as long as his present body lasts, he offers them alms in the form of food and drink, clothing, bedding and medicines. What is your opinion? Would this good man or good woman gain many benefits or would he not?"

Inexhaustible Intent replied, "They would be very many, World-Honored One."

The Buddha said: "Suppose also that there is a person who accepts and upholds the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds and even just once offers him obeisance and alms. The good fortune pained by these two persons would be exactly equal and without difference. For a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, a million kalpas it would never be exhausted or run out. Inexhaustible Intent, if one accepts and upholds the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds, he will gain the benefit of merit and virtue that is as immeasurable and boundless as this!"

Bodhisattva Inexhaustible Intent said to the Buddha, "World-Honored One, Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds-- how does he come and go in this saha world? How does he preach the Law for the sake of living beings? How does the power of expedient means apply in this case?"

The Buddha said to Bodhisattva Inexhaustible Intent: "Good man, if there are living beings in the land who need someone in the body of a Buddha in order to be saved, Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds immediately manifests himself in a Buddha body and preaches the Law for them. If they need someone in a pratyekabuddha's body in order to be saved, immediately he manifests a pratyekabuddha's body and preaches the Law to them. If the need a voice-hearer to be saved, immediately he becomes a voice-hearer and preaches the Law for them. If they need King Brahma to be saved, immediately he becomes King Brahma and preaches the Law for them. If they need the lord Shakra to be saved, immediately he becomes the lord Shakra and preaches the Law for them. If they need the heavenly beiang Freedom to be saved, immediately he becomes the heavenly being Freedom and preaches the Law for them. If they need a great general of heaven to be saved, immediately he becomes a great general of heaven and preaches the Law for them. If they need Vaishravana to be saved, immediately he becomes Vaishravana and preaches the Law for them. If they need a petty king to be saved, immediately he becomes a petty king and preaches the law for them.

If they need a rich man to be saved, immediately he becomes a rich man and preaches the Law for them. If they need a householder to be saved, immediately he becomes a householder and preaches the Law for them. If they need a chief minister to be saved, immediately he becomes a chief minister and preaches the Law for them. If they need a Brahman to be saved, immediately he becomes a Brahman and preaches the Law for them. If they need a monk, a nun, a layman believer, or a laywoman believer and preaches the Law for them. If they need the wife of a rich man, of a householder, a chief minister, or a Brahman to be saved, immediately he becomes those wives and preaches the Law for them. If they need a young boy or a young girl and preaches the Law for them. If they need a heavenly being, a dragon, a yaksha, a gandharva, an asura, a garuda, a kimnara, a mahoraga, a human or a nonhuman being to be saved, immediately he becomes all of these and preaches the Law for them. If they need a vajra-bearing god and preaches the Law for them.

"Inexhaustible Intent, this Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds has succeeded in acquiring benefits such as these and. Taking on a variety of different forms, goes about among the lands saving living beings. For this reason you and the others should single-mindedly offer alms to Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds can bestow fearlessness on those who are in fearful, pressing or difficult circumstances. That is why in this saha world everyone calls him Bestower of Fearlessness."

"Bodhisattva Inexhaustible Intent said to the Buddha, "World-Honored One, now I must offer alms to Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds."

Then he took from his neck a necklace adorned with numerous precious gems, worth a hundred or a thousand taels of gold, and presented it to [the bodhisattva], saying, "Sir, please accept this necklace of precious gems as a gift in the Dharma."

At that time Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds was unwilling to accept the gift.

Inexhaustible Intent spoke once more to Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds, saying, "Sir, out of compassion for us, please accept this necklace."

Then the Buddha said to Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds, "Out of compassion for this Bodhisattva Inexhaustible Intent and for the four kinds of believers, the heavenly kings, dragons, yakshas, gandharvas, asuras, garudas, kimnaras, mahoragas, human and nonhuman beings, you should accept this necklace."

Thereupon Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds, having compassion for the four kinds of believers and the heavenly beings, dragons, human and nonhuman beings and the others, accepted the necklace and, dividing it into two parts, presented one part to Shakyamuni Buddha and presented the other to the tower of the Buddha Many Treasures.

[The Buddha said,] "Inexhaustible Intent, these are the kinds of freely exercised supernatural powers that Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds displays in his comings and goings in the saha world."

At that time Bodhisattva Inexhaustible Intent posed this question in verse form:

World-Honored One replete with wonderful features,
I now ask you once again
for what reason that Buddha's son
is named Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds?
The honored One endowed with wonderful features
replied to Inexhaustible Intent in verse:
Listen to the actions of the Perceiver of Sounds,
how aptly he responds in various quarters.
His vast oath is deep as the ocean;
kalpas pass but it remains unfathomable.
He has attended many thousands and millions of Buddhas,
setting forth his great pure vow.
I will describe him in outline for you-
listen to his name, observe his body,
bear him in mind, not passing the time vainly,
for he can wipe out the pains of existence.
Suppose someone should conceive a wish to harm you,
should push you into a great pit of fire.
Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and the pit of fire will change into a pond!
If you should be cast adrift on the vast ocean,
menaced by dragons, fish and various demons,
think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and the billows and waves cannot drown you!
Suppose you are on the peak of Mount Sumeru
and someone pushes you off.
Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and you will hang in midair like the sun!
Suppose you are pursued by evil men
who wish to throw you down from a diamond mountain.
Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and they cannot harm a hair of you!
Suppose you are surrounded by evil-hearted bandits,
each brandishing a knife to wound you.
Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and at once all will be swayed by compassion!
Suppose you encounter trouble with the king's law,
face punishment, about to forfeit your life.
Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and the executioner's sword will be broken to bits!
Suppose you are imprisoned in cangue and lock,
hands and feet bound by fetters and chains.
Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and they will fall off, leaving you free!
Suppose with curses and various poisonous herbs
someone should try to injure you.
Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and the injury will rebound upon the originator.
Suppose you encounter evil rakshasas,
poison dragons and various demons.
Think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and then none of them will dare to harm you.
If evil beasts should encircle you,
their sharp fangs and claws inspiring terror,
think on the power of that Perceiver of sounds
and they will scamper away in boundless retreat.
If lizards, snakes, vipers, scorpions
threaten you with poison breath that sears like flame,
think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and, hearing your voice, they will flee of themselves.
If clouds should bring thunder, and lightning strike,
if hail pelts or drenching rain comes down,
think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and at that moment they will vanish away.
If living beings encounter weariness or peril,
immeasurable suffering pressing them down,
the power of the Perceiver of Sounds' wonderful wisdom
can save them from the sufferings of the world.
He is endowed with transcendental powers
and widely practices the expedient means of wisdom.
Throughout the lands in the ten directions
there is no region where he does not manifest himself.
In many different kinds of evil circumstances,
in the realms of hell, hungry spirits or beasts,
the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death--
all these he bit by bit wipes out.
He of the true gaze, the pure gaze,
the gaze of great and encompassing wisdom,
the gaze of pity, the gaze of compassion--
constantly we implore him, constantly look up in reverence.
His pure light, free of blemish,
is a sun of wisdom dispelling all darknesses.
He can quell the wind and fire of misfortune
and everywhere bring light to the world.
The precepts from his compassionate body shake us
like thunder,
the wonder of his pitying mind is like a great cloud.
He sends down the sweet dew, the Dharma rain,
to quench the flames of earthly desires.
When law suits bring you before the officials,
when terrified in the midst of an army,
think on the power of that Perceiver of Sounds
and hatred in all its forms will be dispelled.
Wonderful sound, Perceiver of the World's Sounds,
Brahma's sound, the sea tide sound--
they surpass those sounds of the world;
therefore you should constantly think on them
from thought to thought never entertaining doubt!
Perceiver of the World's Sounds, pure sage--
to those in suffering, in danger of death,
he can offer aid and support.
Endowed with all benefits,
he views living beings with compassionate eyes.
The sea of his accumulated blessings is immeasurable;
therefore you should bow your head to him!

At that time the Bodhisattva Earth Holder immediately rose from his seat, advanced, and said to the Buddha, "World-Honored One, if there are living beings who hear this chapter on Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds, on the freedom of his actions, his manifestation of a universal gateway, and his transcendental powers, it should be known that the benefits these persons gain are not few!"

When the Buddha preached this chapter on the Universal Gateway, a multitude of eighty-four thousand persons in the assembly all conceived a determination to attain the unparalleled state of anuttara-samyak-sambodhi.
-The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Tweny-Five.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
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Om Mani Padme Hum.
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