The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

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The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

Postby Mr. G » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:12 am

Are there Avalokitesvara practices in China or Japan that are solely practiced for liberation? Much like how in Pure Land practice Amitabha is practiced solely for liberation? This is excluding esoteric practices.

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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

Postby Mr. G » Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:52 pm

None? :shrug:

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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

Postby Astus » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:12 pm

The idea of "exclusive practice" occurred with Honen and only in Japan. As you may know, in other countries, Pure Land practice involves many different methods. Guanyin is indeed a popular bodhisattva and there are practices with her, but it'd be strange to find an exclusivist branch.
Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.



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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

Postby Kaji » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:46 am

I understand that there are Buddhists in China who focus on Avalokitesvara practices. There is at least one story about a monk who recites Avalokitesvara's name day and night and was reborn in the West Pure Land.

There are other kinds of Avalokitesvara practices. A fairly well-known one is the cultivation of perfect penetration of the ear, as taught in the Shurangama Sutra.
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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

Postby Anders » Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:26 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cundi_(Buddhism)

It is esoteric, but not in the Tibetan sense of the word (ie, requiring abisheka).
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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

Postby Jechan » Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:54 pm

Hi Mr. G,

The 25th Chapter of the Lotus Sutra might be worth reading if youre interested in Avalokitesvara :twothumbsup:

I'm not 100% on this, but Pure Land liturgies feature devotional practices and recitations for Guan-yin. The Great Compassion Mantra, for instance?

So far as I have read recitation of Her name is a secondary practice to the primary practice of Buddha Amitabha's name recitation.

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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

Postby Kaji » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:26 pm

From what I have learned in Chinese Buddhism, the following are all considered to be mainstream practices of the "Avalokitesvara Methodology":

1. Reciting Avalokitesvara's name, usually some form of "Nama Aarya Awaloki'te-swaraaya Bodhisattwaaya". Reference is the Universal Gate in the Lotus Sutra, as Jechan mentioned. This can be an alternative or supplement to chanting Amitaabha's name in the Pure Land practice.

2. Reciting the mantra "Om! Man!i Padme Huum!" from The Kāraṇḍavyūha Sūtra (Taishō Tripiṭaka 1050).

3. Reciting the Great Compassionate Dharani, from the Great Compassionate Dharani Sutra.

4. Reciting the Heart Sutra and practising the teaching therein.

5. Cultivation of perfect penetration of the ear, from the Shurangama Sutra.

The above are just the more popular ones in Chinese Buddhism. Obviously the list will be much longer if you include the many mantra of Avalokitesvara and his different forms, such as Cundi as Anders mentioned. I can list these mantra if requested.
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Re: The Sole Practice of Avalokitesvara For Liberation?

Postby Kaji » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:44 am

Namas triya-dhvikānāṃ sarva tathāgatānām!


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