Buddhist Dharma

Bodhisattva Aksayamati faced the Buddha with his palms pressed toget…her, and spoke thus to him: “O Bhagavat! For what reason is Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara(Hearer of the Sounds of the World) called Avalokiteśvara?” The Buddha answered Bodhisattva Aksayamati, saying: “O son of a virtuous family! If innumerable hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of sentient beings who experience suffering hear of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara and whole heartedly chant his name, Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara will immediately perceive their voices and free them from their suffering. Even if those who hold to the name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara were to enter a great fire, because of this bodhisattva’s transcendent power, the fire would not be able to burn them. If they were adrift on the great waters, by chanting his name they would reach the shallows. There are hundreds of thousands of myriads of koṭis of sentient beings who enter the great ocean to seek such treasures as gold, silver, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl, agate, coral, amber, and pearl. Even if a cyclone were to blow the ship of one of these toward the land of rākṣasa demons, they would all become free from the danger of those rākṣasa demons if there were even a single person among them who chanted the name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. For this reason he is called Avalokiteśvara.” Saddharma Pundarika Sutra – Chapter XXV The Gateway to Every Direction [Manifested byBodhisattva Avalokiteśvara] Ver más


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