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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

illness, children, and Quan Yin

Janice loved her son (young and ill). She’d taken John to the doctor, and then the hospital

and they were doing all they could. A good mother: she was driven to leave no stone unturned in pursuit of his recovery.

This search brought her to the meditation master who explained that what Janice truly needed was not for him to heal her son, but for him to teach Janice how to do the job. She was to stand facing a statue of the Bodhisattva of Compassion and state her wishes in a manner both generalized and universal (that her fear might not fuel her greed).

So she gave voice to the intention, “May all beings (now and evermore) receive optimal health (in the most wonderful way)!”

Sifu also instructed Janice to invoke Quan Yin while bowing. while whispering, “Na-mo Quan Shih Yin Pu Sa” she would stand facing a small statue with her palms folded at her heart, squat down (as if sitting on an invisible chair), swing her arms forward, rocking forward until her palms were resting upon the floor, walk her hands forward until she was in the plank position, then walk her hands back (returning to the squatting position) finally standing upright once again with her hands folded at her heart.

At first this was awkward and exhausting. In time her coordination and stamina improved, as did her son. Bowing remained a part of Janice’s life. She now practices it with her grandchildren.

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