The Chinese characters "Quan Yin (Guan Yin) " mean contemplation of the Sound Vibration. The Method includes meditation on both the inner Light and the inner Sound. These inner experiences have been repeatedly described in the spiritual literature of all the world's religions since ancient times.
For example, the Christian Bible states, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) This Word is the
inner Sound. It has also been called the Logos, Shabd, Tao, Soundstream, Naam, or the Celestial Music. Master Ching Hai says, It vibrates within all life and sustains the whole universe. This inner melody can heal all wounds, fulfill all desires, and quench all worldly thirst. It is all powerful and all Love. It is because we are made of this Sound, that contact with it brings peace and contentment to our hearts. After listening to this Sound, our whole being changes, our entire outlook on life is greatly altered for the better.
The inner Light, the Light of God, is the same Light referred to in the word "enlightenment". Its intensity can range from a subtle glow to the brilliance of many millions of suns. It is through the inner Light and Sound that we come to know God.
Master Ching Hai initiates sincere people longing to know the Truth, into the Quan
The initiation into the Quan Yin Method is not an esoteric ritual or a ceremony for entering a new religion. During the initiation, specific instruction in meditation on the inner Light and inner Sound is given, and Master Ching Hai provides the "Spiritual Transmission". This first taste of Divine Presence is given in silence. Master Ching Hai need not be physically present in order to open this "door" for you. The Transmission is an essential part of the Method. The technique themselves will bring little benefit without the Grace of the Master.
Because you may hear the inner Sound and see the inner Light immediately upon initiation, this event is sometimes referred to as "sudden" or "immediate enlightenment."
Master Ching Hai accepts people from all backgrounds and religious affiliations for initiation. You do not have to change your present religion or system of beliefs. You will not be asked to join any organization, or participate in any way that does not suit your current life-style.
However, you will be asked to become a vegetarian. A lifetime commitment to the vegetarian diet is a necessary prerequisite for receiving initiation.
The initiation is offered free of charge.
Daily practice of the Guan Yin Method of meditation, and the
keeping of the Five Guidelines are
your only requirements after initiation. The Guidelines help you to
neither harm yourself nor any other living being. These practices will
deepen and strengthen your initial enlightenment experience, and allow
you to eventually attain the highest levels of Awakening or Buddhahood
for yourself. Without daily practice, you will almost certainly forget
your enlightenment and return to a normal level of consciousness.
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The Convenient Method of Meditation
For those who are not quite ready to practice the Quan Yin Method, the Convenient Method of meditation is offered, also free of charge. The Convenient Method of meditation is compatible with all personal religions, social customs and life styles and can be learned easily. No previous knowledge of meditation is necessary.
This method can give you remarkable benefits for living more happily and peacefully. It can also be a preliminary to initiation into the Quan Yin Method.
Qualifications for Learning the Convenient Method
1. Only those who are 16 years of age or older may learn the Convenient Method.
2. You must maintain a pure vegetarian diet for at least 10 days per month.
3. You may meditate for no more than half an hour each day.
4. You should understand Master's teachings.
To ensure progress in their meditation practice, Convenient Method
practitioners should try to follow the Five
Guidelines as much as they can:
The Five Guidelines
1. Refrain from harming any living being*;
2. Refrain from speaking what is not true;
3. Refrain from taking what is not mine;
4. Refrain from sexual misconduct;
5. Refrain from using intoxicants**;
* This guideline requires strict adherence to a vegan. No meat, no
diary, fish, poultry, eggs (fertilized or unfertilized, in
cakes, cookies, ice cream, etc.) or any form of animal derived product.
** This includes avoiding all poisons of any kind, such as alcohol,
drugs, tobacco, gambling, pornography and excessively violent films
or literature or video games.
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