The Six-syllable Great Awakening

Yutang Lin

Syllable by Syllable conveys empathy for beings' suffering;
Compassionate mind extends to permeate the Dharmadhatu.
Profound wisdom of original purity generates salvation activities;
Calling after calling wakens those lost in ignorance and grasping.


The heart mantra of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa, according to the teaching of Yogi Chen, could be considered as just six syllables without the original meaning associated with the words. In this way, being free from limitation of conceptual meanings, they could represent inconceivable significance. Once I wrote the six syllables in Chinese characters, and it was honored by the miraculous appearance of the great protector Bodhisattva Wei Tuo. Usually while chanting this mantra I would consider the six syllables as each conveying compassion toward all beings in one of the six realms. (Weng to the heaven realm, Ma Asura realm, Ni human realm, Bei animal realm, Mi hungry ghosts realm, and Hong hell realm.) Thus the mind opens wide, extending in all directions to permeate the boundless Dharmadhatu. Thereby the mind returns to original purity. From original purity there naturally arise myriads of compassionate salvation activities. While chanting the mantra one then visualizes that, all beings in the six realms heard the calling and were awakened, they dropped off delusions and regained original purity, and thereby all merged into limitless oneness.

Written in Chinese on October 31, 2000
Translated on November 1, 2000
El Cerrito, California

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