“The Glorious One Who Looks Down with Mercy”
There is a sacred being, a glorious mind, who devotes his entire life to praying for the welfare of all sentient beings without exception. In his right hand, he holds a rosary. In his left, a lotus flower. He looks at all sentient beings throughout a day for an entire year. Hence, he is called “Chenrezig” (The one who looks down) or Avalokiteshvara. All 24 hours he recites “Om Mani Padme Hung”. When he sees anyone making merit or engaging in any work with love and compassion, he rejoices in his or her wholesome deed. In contrast, when he sees anyone committing an unwholesome deed, his eyes are full of tears, as he knows that person will suffer from his or her own negative karma.
As the foundation is organizing our first Bodhisattva’s vow bestowing ceremony today (24 August 2010), we want to glory him, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas, and all the Bodhisattvas, whose loving kindness and compassion inspire us to follow their footsteps till we gain enlightenment.