Understanding the concept of suffering helps us understand and develop compassion. Suffering usually has a negative connotation yet it is a natural part of living, our cyclic existence, samsara, the cycle of birth and death.
The Bodhisattva of Compassion is known as Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit, Chenrezig in Tibetan, Kwan Yin in Chinese, Kannon in Japanese, and is considered to be the embodiment of the compassion of all enlightened beings.
The Great Compassion Mantra (Da Bei Zhou) – 大悲咒 is a mantra synonymous with Avalokitesvara in East Asia. It is often used for protection or to remove the karma and to purify the soul.
Avalokitesvara (Bodhisattva of Compassion) who teaches us we all have unlimited compassion within us. We all have the innate energy of compassion; all we need is to tap into it and awaken ourselves and reconnect to its energy.
The Great Compassion Mantra Song 梵音大悲咒(Lotus flowers)
Below is the Sanskrit version of the Great Compassion
Kuru kuru karmam.
Basa basam presaya.
Hulu hulu mala.
Hulu hulu hilo.
Payamana svaha.Siddhaya svaha.
Namo aryavalokitesvaraya svaha.
Excerpts from The Dharani Sutra
The mp3 of this Mantra can be downloaded from this site.