MIAO SHAN KUAN YIN  


MIAO SHAN KUAN YIN

9th Moon 19th Day -- which marks the Day She Attained

Enlightenment.
On these days, devotees and those who have received favours
from Kuan Yin flock to the various temples to make offerings,
set birds and animals free, observe a full day vegetarian diet,
perform all kinds of charitable acts, visit old folks homes or
orphanages bearing gifts and good wishes, and observe the Five,
Eight or Ten Precepts very seriously. General y the Five Precepts
are observed and they consist of:
Not kil ing or harming living beings.
Not taking what is not given.
Not indulging in sexual activities.
Not indulging in false speech.
Not consuming intoxicants of any kind.
e entire day is spent in quietude, contemplating on the Great
Vows of Kuan Yin to save all sentient beings and to forsake the
bliss of Nirvana, or on the great virtuous qualities of this great
Mother of Mercy such as loving-kindness, compassion and wis-
dom. e more energetic ones may indulge in a full day's prac-
tice of prayer-recitation, Sutra-reading fol owed by meditation
on the happiness of others and then transfer all merits accumu-
lated to all sentient beings.
is does not mean that Kuan Yin fol owers practise virtuous
deeds on these and other festive days only. To those who are

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