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Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Compassion Buddha, is the embodiment of the universal compassion of all enlightened beings. By relying upon him, we naturally increase our own compassion.

His first two hands hold a jewel, symbolizing his own enlightenment; his second left hand holds a white lotus flower, symbolizing his complete purity of body, speech and mind;

and his second right hand holds a crystal mala, symbolizing that he can free all living beings from samsara.

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The Great Compassion Mantra Can Dispel Calamities.

One cannot speak of true advantages. It is just as someone will know the warmth or coolness of a glass of water only after drinking from it.

In the Great Compassion Mind Dharani Sutra, it says, "Those who recite the Great Compassion Mantra can dispel all disasters. They will not be burned by fire or drowned by water." So I urge the laypeople who can already recite it to do so at least three times a day. Those who cannot recite it should learn quickly. The merit and virtue of the Great Compassion Mantra can not only make thieves and robbers go away, it can also dispel the myriad illnesses, and resolve all demonic troubles. So we should sincerely recite it.

by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

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