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A Path of Freedom from karma
by Dale Goodyear (email@example.com) © 2004 by Dale Goodyear
This is a little book of personal meditations and mantras to Kuan Yin. She is the wonderful Mother of Mercy and Liberation who is becoming more and more familiar to peoples of both East and West. The methods in this book are based on ancient Buddhist traditions. At times I have rephrased old modes of expression in simpler terms, and have added insights from three decades of my own spiritual path with Kuan Yin. The Spirit of Kuan Yin, however, remains unchanged and undiluted, and you will find here an open door to her Heart of Compassion. It is a Tao of Freedom, a Way--through Kuan Yin's Help--to be liberated from suffering and delusion. So if you love--or can come to love--the great path of mantra to Kuan Yin and meditation upon Her, peruse this little book. You will find that the name Kuan Yin is simple yet powerful to transform you, and your entire life
and world. The primary mantra we will use is Kuan Yin's fundamental Om Mani Padme Hum. Her renowned mantra can be used with any of her blessings and saving powers. This makes for a simple path of mantra to Kuan Yin, as long as we are also willing to exercise our mind, heart, and spirit to focus on the particular blessing we need. Kuan Yin wants us to become co-bodhisattvas with her! She uses a full array of tools to help beings, and She wants us to learn from her how to use the same tools. The key to Om Mani Padme Hum with Kuan Yin's saving powers and blessings is to realize that the Mani ("jewel", "any precious thing") of the mantra is the saving power or blessing. It is the Skillful Means to help sentient beings. Padme ("Lotus", "Lotus Being") is Kuan Yin; it's one of her ancient names. Om essentially means "As Above", and Hum means "So Below". The Om Mani Padme Hum is a versatile mantra, and can be used with other meditations and visualizations. But in this booklet we will see the Mani as saving power being employed by the Padme who is Kuan Yin. And as we become more and more one with Kuan Yin, more and more co-bodhisattva with her, we will ourselves become that Padme ! Aside from her fundamental mantra, I have also included Chinese mantras that can be used to focus our meditation and visualization. If you relate to the sound of Chinese, by all means recite them!
ROMANIZATION AND PRONUNCIATION
In this book I have used the Pinyin Romanization of Chinese characters, because at this point few students are familiar with any other. The exceptions are Tao and Kuan Yin in the text (though I use Guan Yin in the mantras). I have also added the Chinese character texts for all Chinese words and mantras given. I have omitted tone marks, since they are not used in chanting. In my pronunciation key, I have used "ah" and "oh" to indicate the long "a" and "o" vowels as pronounced in English "father" and "boat", for example; "oo" to indicate long "u" as in English "soon"; and "ee" to indicate long "i" as in English "seem." Speakers of European languages, of course, will require a different pronunciation key, but the transition should not be too difficult.
KUAN YIN’S PURPLE EYES
The ancient "Praise to Amitabha Buddha" speaks of the royal-purple or violet eyes (gan mu) of Amitabha Buddha:
紺 目 澄 清 似 大 海
(gan mu cheng qing si da hai – His violet eyes, pure and clear, are like a great ocean)
Amitabha is the Teacher of Kuan Yin, and She is one with Him. Be sure that the loving eyes of Amitabha look through the eyes of Kuan Yin as She gazes upon us, seeing our troubles and seeking ways to help us. So let us contemplate and invoke Kuan Yin's Royal-Purple or Violet Eyes:
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" – that is. any shade of the rainbow blue and red combined. This Heart showers Freedom and Mercy upon all beings. violet. the Elixir of Bliss. Remember these important meanings as you practice this “Gan Dao”. Here we will follow the inspired lead of Amitabha’s and Kuan Yin’s Gan Mu and cultivate Her Gan Xin. transforming and liberating it. of Kuan Yin! 紺 KUAN YIN’S PURPLE HEART The ancient Buddhist tradition speaks of ten aspects of Kuan Yin’s Heart. The royal-purple Energy of the Buddhas will shift and change your entire being as it frees you from your karma. The heart chakra is the spiritual center of our beings. with reverence and gratitude." "Kuan Yin" is of course the name of the Mother of Compassion. "Gan" is a Classical Chinese word for "purple. Kuan Yin can mesh her royal-purple Heart with your heart. There are also other words in Chinese which are pronounced "gan". Some of these will be significant to us as we give our mantras. transforming your eye and mind and making them One with It.com) 3 .Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 目 觀 音 NA MO GAN MU GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn moo gwahn yeen) To gaze into the Eyes of Kuan Yin--and of Amitabha with Her--will be a comforting and strengthening that will take us through all our trials to our Liberation. and if you earnestly desire it. One of these means "sweet". "Na mo" means that you put your faith and trust in what follows. it is made up of two syllables. The royal-purple Radiance of the Buddhas washes our karma from us. fill your entire mind. which we use because it is her Saving Power we are invoking and cultivating. there is "gan" meaning "to move. her Heart of royal-purple Light. even The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. which includes all aspects. For these are Eyes that unconditionally love us and completely understand us. royal-purple Way. making us clean and clear again. to influence". Wholeness and Immortality often mentioned in Buddhism. Another "gan" means "to wash". though spelled with different characters. Finally. and they are made One Pure Expression. Also. so that Spirit manifests in Matter. "Gan Mu" means "Purple or Violet Eyes. and indicates the giving of Praise and Sacred Sound in Heaven (NA) and in Earth (MO). You can also allow the royal-purple Eyes of Kuan Yin's Liberation to fill the entire field of your vision. indicating that the royal-purple Nectar of the Buddhas is the Sweet Dew.
These will include our highest desires of all. Also it liberates us from wrong desires and poisoned and deluded wants. which can mean "Womb. protecting Sphere or Ovoid of Freedom for your whole being--Freedom from karma and samsara. Freedom to become the Buddha you really are! Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 藏 觀 音 NA MO GAN ZANG GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn zahng gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S PURPLE GEM This is Kuan Yin's renowned "Wish-fulfilling Jewel. a nurturing. and help us fulfill worthy desires and aspirations as we continue to build our partnership with Her and strengthen the Flow between us.com) 4 . which includes our real." It is the Creative Space or Sphere of Kuan Yin and all the Treasures of Light within it." and "Treasury." It grants all right desires and needs. One of these (the 10th Treasury) is filled with her Energy of royal-purple Freedom and Liberation. until finally they are born into Buddhahood. You may chant: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 心 觀 音 NA MO GAN XIN GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn sheen gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S PURPLE TREASURY The ancient tradition of Kuan Yin names various of her "Zang. the vows we will make which express the Aspirations of the Buddhas to liberate and enlighten all beings. The amethyst Purple Gem will also transform our memory. where beings are born and re-born. blessing you and meshing with your heart chakra. The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. So this is Kuan Yin’s Heart Chakra. Kuan Yin will give us all we truly need." This Chinese word traditionally translates Sanskrit Garbha.as the physical heart is the center of life and flow for our bodies. enlightened Desires and Purposes (our Reason for Being). ultimately our remembrance of who we really are. Visualize yourself within Kuan Yin's Purple Treasury." "Storehouse.
It combines the rainbow blue Vibration of power and action with the rainbow red of love and compassion. kindness." that is a symbol of her innumerable Skillful Means of saving suffering beings. seeing it as a many-petaled flower. and visualize a brilliant amethyst Gem radiating blessings to you and all beings: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 珠 觀 音 NA MO GAN ZHU GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn joo gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S PURPLE LOTUS FLOWER In ancient times.com) 5 . From there it radiates through your entire body. It is Kuan Yin's Purple Lotus Flower. and even worse. Purple is the Power of Love. The mantra takes your seeing and brings it into being. and so on (that is. changing its vibration to a Free one. That's the role of the word--you need both seeing (visualization) and saying (mantra) to bring your Liberation into being. and it has the power of freeing or liberating us from our karma. and chant a simple mantra. Kuan Yin revealed to Buddhist sages many of her Saving Powers. to accomplish it for you. It is a thick fog. letting Kuan Yin pour her Liberation into you. Visualize this wonderful. See it first in your heart chakra in the center of your chest. "practicing the Precepts"). desires and thoughts which now limit us and keep us from seeing and being who we really are. The Royal-Purple Lotus will antidote the poisons of our karma and change the thick smoky fog into a clear purple Radiance. We have already considered some of these Saving Powers. If you earnestly cultivate her Purple Lotus. the Action of Compassion. words and deeds of compassion. If you have ever heard of her "thousand arms. you will form a partnership with Kuan Yin that will accelerate your spiritual life beyond your conception. For those of you who seek Enlightenment.Use this simple mantra. a smog that both blinds and poisons us. unless you come to terms with your karma you will not find Enlightenment. I would like to teach you now one of most important. powerful royal-purple Flower of Kuan Yin. The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. blinding karma more quickly than was ever possible before. honesty. And you will be liberated from your binding. For that is the specific Saving Power of the Purple Flower! You can visualize the Purple Lotus in any shade of violet or purple. The Purple Lotus Flower has an Energy of Kuan Yin that will transform the bound energy. Karma confuses and obscures your efforts. Karma is our past actions. Karma is limited and limiting energy. humility. this Power and Love meet and merge. you have Liberation--the Freedom to be a living Buddha where you are. and infuses your blood with Freedom as it passes through the heart and then flows to every cell. When this Action and Compassion. and also do your part in daily life of increasing thoughts and feelings.
into the cleansing. One of these ancient Blessings is the Sweet Dew (Gan Lu). Kuan Yin sometimes stands upon a cloud. let us learn some of her related Saving Powers. or alternately as a violet elixir. a brilliant violet or royal-purple Cloud. In Sanskrit it is called the Amrita. It is the Elixir of Kuan Yin that frees us. The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. nourishes us. elixir.Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 蓮 花 觀 音 NA MO GAN LIAN HUA GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn lyen hwah gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S PURPLE DEW Now. See Kuan Yin from above take her vase and pour her Dew through the crown of your head down to your heart. or say it silently to yourself. Visualize it the color of the juice of purple grapes. as we continue with the path of Kuan Yin's Liberation. We will now visualize and cultivate her Cloud of Freedom and Mercy. we breathe in the Purple Mist. we may practice a simple breathing exercise. "Lu" meaning "dew. letting it fill our lungs and body with Liberation. At first perhaps the Bridge will seem to be a long span.com) 6 . See this Cloud descend from the outstretched Hand of Kuan Yin above you.") Chant the mantra often aloud. heals us. but it will shorten as you practice. until the day when you and Kuan Yin have no Bridge between you. or at other times whisper it. but are congruent as She expresses through you and with you in the same time and space. which also means the Purple Dew. when you can. liberating royal-purple Cloud. and see it envelop you and saturate you. As we do so. When we inhale. and see and feel it pour through you. “cleansing”. Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 露 觀 音 NA MO GAN LU GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn loo gwahn yeen) ("Gan" meaning "royal-purple”. We can rest in meditation within this Purple Cloud. or She holds one. then “sweet”. KUAN YIN’S PURPLE CLOUD In the ancient tradition. “transforming". where it enters and transforms your bloodstream and saturates the cells of your body. The sound of the mantra with Kuan Yin's name has power to build a Bridge or Arc of sacred sound between Her and you. we let go of all impurities and energies that bind and limit us. When we exhale.
Visualize Kuan Yin holding her Mirror before you. Kuan Yin also wields a Sword. This Power of Kuan Yin is to cut through or pierce through stubborn conditions that block our true progress. By it. Also know that her Mirror is two-sided. You can also ask Kuan Yin to place her Mirror before another. We can see this Mirror as a polished amethyst Mirror of Freedom and Mercy. The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (email@example.com) 7 . showing you both your strengths and weaknesses and how you can transcend your limitations day by day. Ask Kuan Yin to apply her Sword to any inner or outer condition or situation that is stuck and just will not move. and as She shows one side to another. KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST MIRROR This ancient Power is for gaining great Wisdom and Self-knowledge. it has an amethyst action of Freedom and Mercy. and again as you breathe out. breathing naturally yet deeply. you will still look into it from the other side. if you feel they particularly need self-knowledge and true vision. Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 鏡 觀 音 NA MO GAN JING GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn jing gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST SWORD In the ancient tradition. You can visualize the Sword as made of brilliant purple amethyst. Kuan Yin will teach you. Therefore all will be taught and blessed by her Mercy. The Sword does no harm. so that you may look into it and be taught by Her. If you see Kuan Yin turn her Mirror outward to another person. but cuts energy Free. Or say it silently to yourself as you breathe in.Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 雲 觀 音 NA MO GAN YUN GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn yoon gwahn yeen) Chant it as you rest within the Purple Cloud. She has infinite Wisdom and will direct the Sword in exactly the right way. Like the Mirror. trust her Skill and Wisdom to apply it just right.
Water. that separate us from the Law (the Dharma. Kuan Yin’s Grapes (her Sweetness) are often paired with her Axe (her Justice).com) 8 . our hearts and minds.Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 劍 觀 音 NA MO GAN JIAN GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn jyen gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S PURPLE GRAPES OF SWEETNESS The Grapes of Kuan Yin contain all her Power of Fruitfulness. Not only for Help in outer situations. Air. enclosing all of you in a circle of mutual friendship. Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 環 萄 觀 音 NA MO GAN PU TAO GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn poo tao gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST AXE OF JUSTICE The Axe that Kuan Yin holds is for Justice and Righteousness. and Earth Elements. as well as her Sweetness. any states of injustice and unrighteousness within our beings. These Nature beings regulate all natural forces from subtle physical levels. the Tao) of our True Self. They also have a cleansing and healing action. and are traditionally grouped as beings of the Fire. It cuts through and consumes injustice and false justice. help and service. The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. but even more essential. Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 葡 鉞 觀 音 NA MO GAN FU YUE GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn foo yweh gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S PURPLE JADE RING The Jade Ring Blessing encircles you and the spirits of Nature.
They will multiply each prayer and mantra that you give. seated upon a lotus blossom in the midst of the Sea.com) 9 . Then in time. they will be loyal and true to her Heart for the Blessing of your life. There are different colors of jade. we will be able to open the floodgates to this Sea and have it pour forth from our hearts and saturate all beings and all the world with Mercy and Bliss. we will visualize and invoke a Purple or Violet Jade Ring. Therefore. Look deep within your heart chakra and find there a purple or violet Sea of Liberation. the very source of the Sea within your heart! As you meditate. rather than being simply round like a normal ring. Her great Goal is to transform that sea of suffering and delusion into her Sea of Liberation and Sweetness. To help Her. though. Once sealed with you in this Heart Ring of Kuan Yin. For our Gan Dao. Be sure to pray for them.The Jade Ring bonds you with these beings. asking Kuan Yin to multiply your mantras for their needs as well as for yours. within the vast Heart of Kuan Yin. give this mantra for Kuan Yin's Sea: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 海 觀 音 NA MO GAN HAI GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn hye gwahn yeen) The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. Friendship and cooperation with the spirits of Nature will be of inestimable benefit to you. bow in mind and heart to your True Self. If so. your Inner Reality. and give them your friendship and gratitude for their constant aid. in ancient art the Ring has a shape like a heart. Perhaps also you will meet your own inner Buddha there. The mantra is: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 玉 斧 觀 音 NA MO GAN YU HUAN GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn yew hwahn gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S PURPLE SEA OF LIBERATION Kuan Yin is closely associated with water and with the sea. And know that your Inner Buddha contains yet another Sea of Liberation in his or her Heart Chakra. they will stand by you and help you in all your genuine needs. each of us must start by realizing this Sea of Mercy within our heart center. Certainly She stands watch over the sea of samsara to extend her hands to beings in danger of drowning in its depths.
This Staff bears the authority of her Mercy and Liberation. The touch of her Staff kindles a spark of Freedom and Mercy in your heart center and fans it into flame. Kuan Yin helps you connect and stay connected with your Inner Self. especially in the aspect of Liberation and Mercy. Let her Staff remain there as a permanent Blessing of your Life Force. Use this mantra with these meditations: The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. Also let her place her Staff over your spine. Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 佛 觀 音 NA MO GAN FO GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn fo gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST STAFF OF LIBERATION This is the Staff or Scepter of Kuan Yin.KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST PALACE OF LIBERATION This is Kuan Yin’s great Palace and Home of Liberation and Mercy. your own Real Self. so that you will come to be always “at home” with Kuan Yin and her Saving Power. as you sit in meditation upon Her. one of her ancient Saving Powers. Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 殿 宮 觀 音 NA MO GAN GONG DIAN GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn gohng dyen gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN AND THE PURPLE BUDDHA This is the Inner Buddha of the Heart. You can see yourself within it.com) 10 . to infuse your kundalini with her Mercy. By this Blessing. and is a Rod of Blessing. and it stands within her Pure Land. congruent with it and with the channel of your kundalini which extends from your root chakra to your crown chakra. See Kuan Yin extend her Staff and touch your heart with it. Kuan Yin’s Home and Palace is your Perfect Place and your Safe Haven.
sealing your forehead and 3rd Eye chakra with the name KUAN YIN. pride. The Ringing and Singing of Kuan Yin's Bell will not only transform you. see Kuan Yin press her Seal upon your heart chakra in the center of your breast. We will call it her Royal-Purple Seal. See her Name either in alphabetic letters or in the original Chinese characters. Next. condition. envy. you might ring it as you give the mantra. KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST SEAL Kuan Yin holds a Seal of Office. but ultimately all those around you and your entire world.com) 11 . imprinting your heart. greed. fear. and mind. It is her Temple Bell of Liberation. Feel her Freedom and Mercy flow through the Seal and saturate your eye. See Kuan Yin press her Seal upon your brow. or situation. Let us start with ourselves. You may visualize it as carved with her Holy Name.” The sounding of her Bell will cancel out all noise of anger. your feelings and emotions with her Freedom and Mercy. and egotism. her “Liberty Bell. and fill your cells and atoms with Freedom. If you have a bell. and She can stamp her Name and imprint its Vibration of Liberation and Mercy upon any person. and ask Kuan Yin to imprint her Name and her Mercy upon our mind and heart. brain. Grace. permanently imprinting them.Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 杖 觀 音 NA MO GAN ZHANG GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn jahng gwahn yeen) KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST BELL OF FREEDOM This Saving Power brings the ringing of Kuan Yin's Holy Sound into your whole being. and Joy. Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 鐸 觀 音 NA MO GAN DUO GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn dwo gwahn yeen) as you visualize and listen for the sounding of her Freedom’s Bell. The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail.
We can see as a royal-purple Wheel of Liberation (Gan Lun). also. that is. The Wheel itself then turns through the “Upper Dan Tian” (the head. seal. and the Lower Dan Tian a 紺 寶 -. you are formally and officially directing the letter to Kuan Yin. burn the letter. centered at the 3rd Eye chakra) and the “Lower Dan Tian” (the lower abdomen and pelvis. you may wish to write. asking Kuan Yin to receive it and answer it. plans. Even though Kuan Yin is a transcendent Bodhisattva. this very human-seeming ritual has great power. which is the place of Rao (Gan Rao 紺 The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. outlining any needs. Write a physical letter to Kuan Yin. you can use that. exchange and combine as the Wheel revolves around the Middle Dan Tian. The action and effort of physically writing. Do not overlook or discount these powerful Skillful Means of connecting with Kuan Yin's intercession. from our right toward our left side in continual rotation (as though we ourselves were the wheel or "clock" and someone looking at us will see the turning).com) 12 . The motion is clockwise. but try them! KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST WHEEL Kuan Yin possesses a Wheel of the Law. or if you have a stamp or seal made with her Name. Finally. If the situation warrants it. and burn a letter to Kuan Yin for a period of days. By doing this. here the Upper Dan Tian is a place of Gan Yao place of Gan Bao 紺 藥 . sealing and burning the letter makes your thoughts and prayers more physically tangible and makes Kuan Yin's reply and intercession more manifest. Let Kuan Yin place her royal-purple Wheel over us. Fold the letter.Give the mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 印 觀 音 NA MO GAN YIN GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn yeen gwahn yeen) There is also an ancient Taoist and Buddhist ritual you can do. or problems you have--whatever is most on your heart. centered at the chakra about 2 inches below the navel). You can write her Name upon the outside of the letter. and give the Seal mantra to stamp the letter with Kuan Yin's Name. Indeed. desires. in a safe manner and place. such as three or nine. so that we ourselves may become the Wheel of the Law. The hub of the Wheel is centered in the heart chakra and fills the entire “Middle Dan Tian” (the chest cavity).the energies of Yao and Bao commune.
Therefore. So the Health and Wealth of Liberation revolve around the Grace of Liberation centered at the Heart. ). and are great protectors and healers. Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 輪 觀 音 NA MO GAN LUN GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn loon gwahn yeen) As a second meditation. just feel and know that the Wheel is revolving around the heart through your chakras and “dan tian” by Kuan Yin's grace. invoke the many Dragons of Kuan Yin along with Kuan Yin upon her Dragon. Just adjust your mantra and visualization accordingly: Om Mani Padme Hum. including all those who focus her royal-purple Flame of Liberation and Mercy: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 晶 龍 觀 音 NA MO GAN JING LONG GUAN YIN The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. Do not worry about crystal-clear visualization. the energy flows inward to the heart chakra.com) 13 . Finally. nourishing it and making it an Energy Sun. Through the spokes of the Wheel. Here we will invoke her Amethyst Dragons.饒. In this way. see the Heart Sun expand to contain the entire Wheel--making you all Heart--and send billions of Rays out to bless all beings and all worlds. where they can then be sent outward by your inner Buddha to bless you and all beings. This meditation will free blocked energies in your chakras and set them in motion around and into your heart center. KUAN YIN’S AMETHYST DRAGONS Kuan Yin is often depicted standing upon her Dragon. In ancient Buddhist tradition it is said She has dominion over all dragon and naga (“serpent”) spirits. and it will do so. and givers of treasures. we blend the energies of our upper and lower body and revolve the energy around our heart center. Kuan Yin has many such Dragon spirits who are her helpers. and She can send them to us to bless us. to fill yourself with her Enlightenment. and is closely associated with dragons in Chinese tradition. you can also use the Gold Wheel (Jin Lun 金 輪 ) of Kuan Yin. They are her “Crystal Dragons”. They will act for you under the Direction and Guidance of Kuan Yin.
Therefore. Chapter 6). the other holding the Gan Pu Tao (Purple Grapes). you may visualize them to each side of Kuan Yin. that meaning of gan is also very fitting here: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 雙 觀 音 NA MO GAN SHUANG GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn shwahng gwahn yeen) In ancient Buddhist Tradition. just visualize the purple Amethyst Axe and the Purple Grapes.. In fact. focusing the Yao (Health) and Bao (Wealth). the Lotus Flower of Liberation. reinforcing and multiplying one another's service. one Brother holding the Gan Fu Yue (Amethyst Axe). Mercy. in Chinese the constellation Gemini is called “Shuang Zi”. This is a threefold action of Liberation and Grace. Since Gan can also mean sweet. these Brother Bodhisattvas are shown holding the Axe of Justice and the Grapes of Sweetness. these two Brothers will stand to each side of Kuan Yin and multiply the Purple Lotus which She holds. as well as all her other Saving Powers of Liberation and Mercy (and of course Healing!). Then know The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. And that is the Purple Lotus of Freedom from karma and samsara (i. If you invoke Them.e. This Flower is the manifestation of their combined "Samadhis" or States of Enlightened Consciousness. Or more simply. They are named Yao Shang and Yao Wang.com) 14 . and Kuan Yin between Them holding the Gan Lian Hua (Purple Lotus). "twins") in Chinese—shuang. In the meditation of the Wheel given earlier. and Liberation. and are Masters of the Gan Hua." Therefore. you can invite these Brother Bodhisattvas to spin the Rim of the Wheel between Them. "shuang. I will call Them also "Gan Shuang" for They bring Liberation as well as Healing. Chapter 27. In Chinese. the “Healing Lord” and “Healing King. In the Lotus Sutra. the Healing Pair or Healing Twins. with the Purple Lotus in-between. and that constellation depicts these Two Brother Bodhisattvas of Healing." The other Brother attained "the Samadhi of Freedom from woesome paths.(nah mo gahn jing lohng gwahn yeen) THE PURPLE LOTUS FLOWER AND THE TWO BROTHER BODHISATTVAS The Two Brother Bodhisattvas associated with Healing are also Masters of the Royal-Purple Flower. for They are Masters of both." These Samadhis together--as these Bodhisattvas work together--make a Samadhi of the Lotus Flower of the Law of Freedom from woesome paths.” These loving and compassionate Brothers act as a Bodhisattva Pair. Note that this word remarkably includes the titles of both Brothers: shang + wang = sh-w-ang. and these Two Brothers won their Enlightenment through meditation on the sense of Taste (according to the Shuramgama Sutra. There is a word for "pair" (or "two". the "woesome paths" referred to). we may invoke the Brothers Yao Shang and Yao Wang by calling Them Yao Shuang. one Brother attained "the Samadhi of the Lotus Flower of the Law.
Simply hold this visualization often. RAISING THE KUNDALINI TO THE HEART Here we come again to the Purple Lotus Flower of Kuan Yin's Liberation. It is the Work of a Bodhisattva to bless all with Liberation. the better it will work. being drawn up the clear crystal stem of the Purple Flower. and watched the colored water rise up through the stem to the flower? So will the royal-purple Flower of Kuan Yin draw up your kundalini to the heart chakra and liberate it. Since our bodies are genetically programmed to produce more such energy than we need. or “Womb”). Essence.that Kuan Yin stands in the middle with her Rao. in Chapter 27 of the Lotus Sutra. to help all to raise their kundalini safely and wisely to the Heart. She specifically invites "young men and young women" to give ten vows with Her. You can say it silently. See the Purple Lotus Flower of Kuan Yin with its stem inside yourself and all those you look upon. By the nature of our physiology. let the Purple Lotus draw up the excess to your heart center and use it for spiritual Regeneration and Liberation of yourself and others. transforming it into the pure Power of Love and Action of Compassion. In the ancient Sutra of the Great Compassion Heart Mantra. the Healing Bodhisattvas personal names are given as Jing Yan (Pure Eye) and Jing Zang (Pure Treasury. and the pressure that builds in our lower centers can at best make us uncomfortable. or can say it aloud if you are by yourself: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 紺 蓮 花 觀 音 NA MO GAN LIAN HUA GUAN YIN (nah mo gahn lyen hwah gwahn yeen) THE VOW There are several vows of Kuan Yin named in the traditional scriptures.com) 15 . If you take up any of the mantras with "Gan" that I have taught. we all generate far more reproductive energy than we need for reproduction. See it in your heart center. Have you ever placed a flower in a vase of colored water. and see that the Flower has a stem which extends down to the bottom of your spine. at worst shipwreck our lives. which are centered in the 3rd Eye chakra in the brow and the Svadishthana chakra in the belly). This forms a Holy Triad of these three Bodhisattvas. See your kundalini as a violet or purple elixir. and when convenient also recite the mantra of the Purple Flower. The more you practice this. Indeed. These names can represent the Upper Dan Tian and Lower Dan Tian. I recommend one of these vows as very important: 南 無 大 悲 觀 世 音 願 我 早 得 越 苦 海 The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. which you can choose to give to Her and with Her.
I VOW TO SOON TRANSCEND THE BITTER SEA! The "bitter sea" is the sea of your karma. YUAN WO ZAO DE YUE KU HAI! (nah mo dah bay gwan sher yeen. royal-purple Dew of Freedom and Mercy will transform that bitter sea and replace it with the "Gan Hai. feels separated from this Dharmakaya." the True Law of our Buddha Nature. emotions. The Sweet." or "Body of the Law. We can practice this method continually. uniting our thoughts. YUAN WO ZAO TONG FA XING SHEN! (nah mo dah bay gwahn sher yeen. our sorrows and also joys-The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. and unite these to the Heart of Kuan Yin where they are liberated and returned to our Dharmakaya. lightening our ego load until in time we are light enough to merge our entire self with our Buddha Self. which open the door wider to Her. ywen wo dzao der yweh koo hye) NAMO GREATLY MERCIFUL KUAN SHIH YIN. but our destiny is to once more know and express our Oneness with it. In the Path of Uniting. Kuan Yin's Heart is the Open Door to our Dharmakaya. Therefore we send parts of ourselves ahead of us. It is the Vehicle through which our Real Self expresses. By making this vow with Kuan Yin and reaffirming it daily. Our surface self.NA MO DA BEI GUAN SHI YIN. like sending one's baggage ahead. also known as Bodhicitta) to be Free. we let go of aspects of our self and life that we can let go of. you signal to Her your intense desire and determination (which is Right Desire and Determination. experiences. I VOW TO SOON UNITE WITH THE DHARMAKAYA! The Dharmakaya is the "Body of Dharma. She is the great Bridge that spans the distance we have placed between ourselves in karma and samsara and our Real Buddha Nature that is everlastingly Free and Eternal. ywen wo zao tohng fah shing shun) NAMO GREATLY MERCIFUL KUAN SHIH YIN. THE PATH OF UNITING This is a Path and a Skillful Means that proceeds from one of Kuan Yin's traditional vows which She invites us to make with Her: 南 無 大 悲 觀 世 音 願 我 早 同 法 性 身 NA MO DA BEI GUAN SHI YIN." "Body of Tao.com) 16 . trapped in nets of karma." the royal-purple Sea of Liberation and Sweetness. and She will help you according to your sincerity and commitment.
The first word is rao It means “mercy.uniting everything both "good" and "bad" to Kuan Yin's Heart. This will emphasize Kuan Yin’s Mercy and Forgiveness. until all are liberated someday. the Purple Lotus is a quick path which Kuan Yin offers. so that you can take it and multiply it and use the increase to help others. So why would the Bodhisattva of Compassion want to give you a Purple Lotus to liberate you from karma? There are many reasons. To cultivate the Purple Lotus Flower. sharing her Blessing of Freedom to help many. so that you can be Free to help others. to have mercy. OM MANI PADME HUM AND THE PURPLE LOTUS The Purple Lotus Flower is the ancient Blessing of Kuan Yin which grants speedy Liberation from karma and samsara. The Freedom you gain by the Purple Lotus will then allow you to master the many other Blessings of the Bodhisattva more quickly. or of Action (blue) and Compassion (red). The Gan Tao. but one of them certainly is so that you can radiate the Purple Lotus through you to other beings. pardon.” With any of the preceding mantras. until you yourself become "thousand-armed" (which means having a myriad Saving Blessings to offer suffering beings) just like the Bodhisattva. So if you seek Liberation from your binding karma. the “royal-purple Way”. Notice that it is very similar to gan. many beings. visualize it as a brilliant royal-purple Flower in your heart center. the Liberation you get will be the Liberation you give! In giving you shall receive. forgiveness. Also remember that the Purple Flower's Energy is Freedom. In the end. I will teach two other words that also relate to it. and that it is liberating you from karma and all limitations. She will transform all of it as we let go of it into her Heart. Cultivating the Purple Lotus Saving Power is a service to Kuan Yin. It's an investment of Kuan Yin. Therefore it isn't just a free ride to Liberation without any effort of your own.com) 17 . you can substitute the word rao for gan. When these mix. A word for “bridge” (“footbridge”) in Literary Chinese is gang. Its purple color relates to the perfect fusion of Power (sapphire-blue) and Love (ruby-red). The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. liberating more and more of those who suffer. is the Bridge across which you can walk to your Liberation from all suffering and limitation. who will then help others. CREATING A TRINITY OF LIBERATION Now that we have gone through the mantras using Gan. to forgive. 饒. loaning you the Bodhisattva's Freedom. starting a spiritual chain reaction. the result is spiritual Freedom (amethyst-purple) and also Grace.
free. Kuan Yin bears a Shield as one of her ancient Saving Powers. liberate.com) 18 . THE PROTECTION OF LIBERATION AND MERCY-THE SHIELD We need spiritual Protection on the path of Liberation and Mercy. liberated. Using this word will emphasize Kuan Yin’s Freedom and Liberation. rao. It is good to invoke the Shield of Kuan Yin when you awake and before you sleep. by the Saving Power of Kuan Yin’s Holy Name. You can also meditate on these words while using Om Mani Padme Hum. cut loose. The mantra is: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 旁 牌 觀 音 NA MO PANG PAI GUAN YIN The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. It means “set free. release. and it can protect and defend us from now until our attainment of Buddhahood. or as interlocking Shields facing every way. See it as a Shield that faces in every direction around you. and at any other times when you feel the need of her Protection. It is a sapphire-blue color. released”.The second word is jie . For example: 解 南 無 饒 心 觀 音 NA MO RAO XIN GUAN YIN (nah mo rao sheen gwahn yeen) Homage to the Merciful Heart of Kuan Yin and 南 無 解 心 觀 音 NA MO JIE XIN GUAN YIN (nah mo jyeh sheen gwahn yeen) Homage to the Liberating Heart (or Freedom’s Heart) of Kuan Yin These three words—gan. and jie—will create an unstoppable momentum of Freedom and Mercy in your life. made of Crystal unbreakable and impenetrable. because these are qualities much attacked in our world.
To enhance your Protection. the Wolf Star. take a moment to meditate upon the Blue Wolf Kuan Yin and her Protective Love. The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. and all who love Her and invoke Her. In her Blue Wolf Transformation She stands guard for us.for "She-wolf". the blue star Sirius is called "Lang Xin". and give it often for the Protection of our Liberation: Om Mani Padme Hum! or Om Mani Padme Hum Vrim! or ("Vreem" ." Therefore. with these things in mind.com) 19 .(nah mo pahng pye gwahn yeen) Earlier I referred to Kuan Yin’s Amethyst Dragons. For the Chinese syllable "lang" meaning "wolf" can also mean "light" and "wave"! The Chinese word for "blue" is "lan". Whenever you see this blue star in the sky. you may also call to her Sapphire Dragons: Om Mani Padme Hum 南 無 藍 晶 龍 觀 音 NA MO LAN JING LONG GUAN YIN (nah mo lahn jing lohng gwahn yeen) THE PROTECTION OF LIBERATION AND MERCY-THE BLUE WOLF TRANSFORMATION OF KUAN YIN Out of very ancient Buddhism comes the knowledge that the Mother of Compassion may take the Form of the Savioress Tara as a Blue Wolf to protect her children. and that Blue then turns in upon itself and forms a Circle of Protection. we can give this mantra. wolfish energies that attack the innocent and helpless as well as those striving to do right in the world. With Her are the legions of her Blue Wolves and Hounds (the "Hounds of Heaven") whom She sends throughout the realms of samsara as protecting. saving Waves of Light. even as the sound "lan" turns in upon itself to form "lang" meaning "wolf. and also tracks down and devours the vicious. Vriki in Sanskrit) Om Tare Vrim ! 南 無 藍 狼 觀 音 NA MO LAN LANG GUAN YIN (nah mo lahn lahng gwahn yeen) In Chinese.
and on her Protection. which I would be happy to teach in other books. in Chinese.The Sanskrit root vr also means "to cover. All these Song also apply to one of Kuan Yin's bodhisattva-brothers. to protect". I recommend above all that you cultivate the Purple Lotus Flower of Freedom from karma. one of the four fundamental bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism and the bodhisattva of the Sangha and of Right Action and Conduct. also means "to let go" : 撒 (Sa) CONCLUSION This completes my little book of meditations and mantras. I have focused here on Kuan Yin's Liberation and Mercy. which I consider to be Kuan Yin’s fundamental Wisdom--鬆手智 慧 (Song Shou Zhi Huei – “Wisdom of Letting Go”). and associative joy that rejoices with others in communal activities that benefit society and all beings.com) 20 . adding to it the Protection mantra and then other of the Saving Powers as you feel the desire or need. Kuan Yin has many other Qualities and Blessings as well. let us take all her Freedom Blessings and concentrate them into a single royal-purple dewdrop: 凇 (Song) The vibration of that dewdrop is Kuan Yin’s hymn and song of Freedom: 頌 鬆 (Song) and it loosens the bonds of karma and samsara that keep us trapped in limitation and suffering: (Song) helping us to let go— 鬆手 (Song Shou). who focuses the immeasurable quality of Joy. The first syllable of Samantabhadra's name. THE DEWDROP OF FREEDOM -A MEDITATION As we approach the conclusion of our meditations on Kuan Yin’s Freedom. Eventually the many The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. Samantabhadra ("Universally Good"). including appreciative joy that rejoices in and for others.
The Saving Power is the “Mani” of the mantra. day by day you will become more and more deeply and permanently One with Her and her Mercy and Liberation. Thank you for reading my little book. the “Padme” is the “Lotus Lady” or “Lotus Mother” who is Kuan Yin herself.com) 21 . As you sound the Name of the Bodhisattva of Mercy. while I have presented Chinese mantras for the many Saving Powers of Kuan Yin. it is simpler to visualize and invoke these Blessings with her single Sanskrit mantra OM MANI PADME HUM. In that case. and I wish you well on your Path with Kuan Yin! OM MANI PADME HUM OM MANI PADME HUM OM MANI PADME HUM In the Buddha. and the Sangha. And always you will be sounding the Name Kuan Yin and becoming One with it! Once again. it is needful to give the mantra with concentrated focus on the specific Saving Power you are asking for. Svaha! The Purple Tao of Kuan Yin © 2004 Dale Goodyear (d_good_year@hotmail. I commend you to Kuan Yin's Purple Flower of Freedom and all her many other Saving Powers. will be spontaneous for you. just as an artist uses his palette of colors to paint with. for the word mani signifies anything precious and of great value. and choosing and combining them.Graces of Kuan Yin. the Dharma. however.
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