Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva

True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin

On Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, 3:00 PM, at Rainbow Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over a Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Homa Ceremony, discourse Vimalakirti Sutra, and bestow empowerment for Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Uncommon Practice. (Live Webcast Link:
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【Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Mudra:】

Put the palms together. Cross the index fingers, middle fingers, and ring fingers while keeping the thumbs and little fingers apart from each other.

【Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Seed Syllable :】

Seh (White in color)

【Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Mantra :】
「Na-mo-san-man-duo, mu-tuo-nan, wa-ri-la, da-mo-seh.」

【Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Dharmalaksana Brief Introduction】
Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin has 11 faces. The front three faces are the faces of bodhisattvas; the three faces on the left are wrathful; the three faces on the right are faces with the look of both bodhisattva and ghost; the rear face is fierce, cruel, and laughing; the top face is a buddha face. The different faces represent the five buddha families; buddha family at the top, jewel family at the front, lotus family of bodhisattva-ghost faces, vajra family of wrathful faces, and karma family of cruel, ferocious, and laughing faces.

【Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Talk - Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Background and Key Cultivation Formula】
Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin was transformed from Avalokitesvara, who had made a great vow. One day, Avalokitesvara realized that despite saving infinite sentient beings, sentient beings were neither increasing nor decreasing. Having exerted such a tremendous effort but still seeing infinite sentient beings to be saved, Avalokitesvara became discouraged and her bodhicitta gradually fell off. She slowed down her efforts and finally, she broke her vow. As a result, her head split into ten pieces and her body completely shattered. At that moment, her root guru Amitabha utilizing his buddha power entered into bodhisattva samadhi and transformed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva into Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin.

Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin has 11 faces: Amitabha's head plus the ten pieces of her own head. These 11 faces symbolize the 11 stages of enlightenment with Amitabha at the highest stage. Amitabha then assembled Guanyin's shattered body into a thousand arms and a thousand eyes.

The well-known mantra of this Guanyin is the Great Compassion Dharani, a mantra which is highly effective and extremely responsive.

【Vast Perfect Unhindered Great Compassion Dharani】
This dharani is recited by a thousand buddhas. It's power is boundless and by reciting it, one will accomplish Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin which is namely, the fruition of Buddhahood. One who recites the mantra will be happy and peaceful. In addition, it will eradicate sickness, enhance longevity, increase wealth, repel disasters, cause one to become accomplished in cultivation and to have no fear of anything, and so forth. One who attains spiritual union with Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin will attain radiant light, compassion, and great dharma power. The deity's thousand arms represent a thousand magnificent practices. One will be able to enter samadhi, reach liberation, and abide forever in eternity. One's merit and accomplishment will be vast and infinite.

Among all the bodhisattvas, Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin is an 11th stage bodhisattva. This is a stage of marvelous enlightenment, that is, Buddhahood. Guanyin is herself the Tathagata Who Knows the True Dharma.

Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin is the integration of Amitabha and Avalokitesvara. This means she is equipped with infinite strength and dharma power and has countless methods for saving sentient beings. Of all the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattvas, Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin is the most powerful. Furthermore, all Avalokitesvara Bodhisattvas are Padmakumaras.

Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin observes sentient beings with her thousand eyes and protects sentient beings with her thousand arms. She is able to perform calamity eradication, subjugation, enrichment, magnetization, and wisdom enhancement. Moreover, her Great Compassion Dharani Water can cure diseases and deliver sentient beings to the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. Therefore, one can say that this bodhisattva is the greatest bodhisattva.

Please reference the Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Sadhana of Five Esoteric Practices transmitted by Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu and pay attention to the end note.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu specially transmitted the secret of secrets of these five practices of calamity eradication, subjugation, enrichment, magnetization and action. One only needs to hold a proper implement during the visualization.

The five esoteric practices are calamity eradication, wealth and wisdom enhancement, love and respect, and action. After receiving empowerment one can practice the five esoteric practices of Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin.

For example: Dharma propagation personnel, politicians, and entertainers should cultivate major action practices. Others can practice minor action practices such as hooking and catching one's love interest. One can also utilize action practices to increase one's wealth and fulfill one's career goals. Like Kurukulla Action Practice, this practice has large, medium, and small scale practices.

Many benefits arise from cultivation of Thousand-armed Thousand-eyed Guanyin Practice.
  1. Vast and perfect
  2. Unhindered with great compassion
  3. Relieving bitterness and difficulties
  4. Health and longevity
  5. Eradication of evil paths
  6. Prolonging life span
  7. Fulfilling wishes of sentient beings
  8. Free and unhindered
  9. Annihilating negative karma
  10. Quickly transcending to higher realms

Living Buddha Lian-sheng's discourse on turning prayer wheels:
One day, Avalokitesvara appeared and related the following to Nagarjuna Bodhisattva. In the dragon palace, Nagaraja Buddha has a prayer wheel. Any sentient being who listens to, sees, thinks of, or touches this wheel will attain liberation and be free from the three evil paths. If you can acquire this prayer wheel, you will be able to benefit sentient beings.

Nagarjuna Bodhisattva therefore went to ask for the wheel from Nagaraja Buddha in the dragon palace. Nagaraja Buddha responded that this prayer wheel was a gift from Dipaṃkara. The tremendous power of the wheel protected the inhabitants of the dragon palace. Eventually, Nagaraja Buddha gave the prayer wheel to Nagarjuna Bodhisattva, who then gave it to Simhamukha. Thereafter, Simhamukha took the prayer wheel to Tibet. As a result, every Tibetan temple has prayer wheels.

The Jewel Box Sutra [karandavyuha-sutra], also mentions that turning the prayer wheel has great spiritual power that can eradicate karmic hindrances, solve difficulties caused by maras, cure illness, and eradicate natural disasters, prison, wars, enemies, etc. Turning the prayer wheel one time is equivalent to billions of mantra recitations. The merit is incredible. One will gain the support of heaven, dragons, and vajra protectors, and karmic hindrances will be eradicated. Therefore, the benefits of the turning prayer wheels are truly vast.

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!!Please be aware that before engaging in any True Buddha Vajrayana practices, one must first take refuge and receive the respective empowerment.!!

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