Inspirational Record of the Holy Name of Guan Yin

Zeng Minyi

On January 4, 1998, my mother did not feel well. Initially we thought it was just influenza, but the symptoms suddenly aggravated after two days. In the afternoon of January 6, my father urgently drove her to hospital. On the way, my mother was in high fever, shivering, and murmuring; she wanted to open the car door several times, and the situation was quite severe. My father calmed her down on one hand, and asked her to chant the holy name of Bodhisattva Guan Shi Yin together. During that period, the holy image of Guan Yin worshiped at home briefly appeared once to my father. When the car reached the Emergency Room of Taipei Yang Ming Hospital, even before intravenous injection, my mother had slowly come to her senses. She was diagnosed to have ureter blockage due to kidney stones, and pelvis infection; hence both her blood and urine were seriously infected. There were times of emergency both during the first night of her hospitalization and when she was discharged back home for recovery. Whenever that happened, my father always calmed her and silently chanted the holy name of the Bodhisattva at the same time, in order to help my mother get through those crises. My mother's health situation gradually improved a lot.

On January 29 in the same year (second day in Chinese New Year), my father vomited severely after he had eaten some wild plants by mistake; the stuff he threw up was mixed with fresh blood, a scary scene indeed. However, since it was during New Year holidays, the hospital provided only emergency treatment and simple medication. Though he stopped vomiting blood, the treatment could not effectively relieve his abdominal pain. The pain lasted throughout the day and my father was worried, but he could only wait until the public holiday was over for a detailed examination to clarify his internal situation. In the night of February 1, he could not fall asleep in bed, so he concentrated on chanting the holy name of Guan Yin. When he gradually fell asleep with much difficulty, he dreamed of a person that came with some food for him to eat, then that person told my father, "You are already cured!" My father woke up immediately and indeed the abdominal discomfort disappeared completely. He woke my mother up to tell her about the dream and his condition, and right away fell sound asleep. The day after, when he went to the hospital for a proper treatment, the doctor said there were nothing serious other than a minor gastritis.

Religious belief can pacify people's mind. The name of Bodhisattva Guan Shi Yin is especially well known to people in the world. Nevertheless, the compassionate vows of this Bodhisattva are so vast that, besides providing faith and comfort, He would relieve sufferings from illnesses and urgent calamities. Without any direct experience, it would be difficult for modern-day people who have deep-seated trust in medical technology to believe in such supernatural possibilities. Our family is so fortunate to have been cared and protected by the Bodhisattva, hence we recorded it with the hope that more people will experience the wondrous Dharma of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

These few times when my parents' illnesses turned critical, we were blessed by repeated prayers of Dr. Yutang Lin in USA, and consequently our family could eventually walk out of the clouds of misery. Here we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Lin.

Cordially recorded by the daughter
Zeng Min Yi, a graduate student
On February 5, 1998 in Taipei


Upasaka Zeng lives a simple life and is devoted to chanting Amitabha, meditation and recitation of the Diamond Sutra. He is also keen on services to the Buddha Dharma and mailing out Buddhist books and images for free. Therefore, at the juncture of grave emergency, it is easier for him to inspire special blessings from the Bodhisattva. May all that have read this record will increase their faith in Buddha and the Dharma and hence would practice diligently.

Yutang Lin
February 5, 1998
A Study for the Cultivation of Harmony, California

Translated by Stanley Lam
May 8, 2002, Hong Kong

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