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namo guan shih yin pusa

Posted by Erik on March 10, 2009

Today is the 50th anniversary of the protests that began the chain of events leading to the Tibetan exile. Today I pray to Quan Shih Yin – Bodhisattva, Goddess, Great Liberator. Extend your boundless compassion upon all your suffering children. Sustain the Tibetan people in their nonviolent struggle, that it may remain nonviolent; and enlighten the hearts of their Chinese rulers, so that they may see a new way.

Accept the following sharing of links as a small offering:

May all who read this be uplifted; may every click on these links renew this prayer; and may any merit that possibly accumulates from this post accrue to the liberation of all beings. (Song performed by the Ven. Heng Sure, who has a truly remarkable story!)

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6 Responses to “namo guan shih yin pusa”

  1. Kullervo said

    Wasn’t the Tibetan government a brutal, repressive theocratic feudal regime before the Chinese occupation? I’m not saying that foreign occupation is a good thing, mind you, but that maybe it’s easy to romanticize something that really wasn’t that good after all…

  2. executivepagan said

    Theocratic? Definitely. Feudal? Pretty much. Brutal and repressive? Not sure that it was any more so than medieval Europe… or than the Chinese occupation is now. The main difference, to my mind, is that the Chinese occupation *is* now.

  3. Illyeanna said

    Thank you. I was once very ill not the least of which was that I was infertile. I believe that learning the prayer “namo guan shih yin pusa” from monks chanting on a cd playing in my Chiropractor’s office became a sort of turning point for me. That was fall of 1998. Eleven years later I am well and I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter who sings the same song, the first one she heard in the womb and the one she still goes to sleep to almost every night. We have known horrors and heartaches but we have not become horrible or broken. Peace pervades our home and our hearts and at the center is a belief in one who hears all of our cries, sees all of our pain and takes notice of all suffering at all times in all places…that suffering can be and is being eliminated and that we are the agents who replace suffering with love.

  4. executivepagan said

    Thank you for sharing such an inspirational story!

  5. Matt said

    I like Illyeanna’s story, too. Traditionally, Kuan Yin is known as the bringer of children in Asian countries. Asian women pray to Kuan Yin to bring them healthy, happy children.

  6. executivepagan said

    We enshrined a small statue of Her in the delivery room when our daughter was born, and still keep a shrine to Her in our home.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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