00233 The Origin of Shurangama Sutra
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Do you want to know the special reason why Shakyamuni Buddha gave the sermon of the Shurangama Sutra? Is the Surangama Sutra related to Ananda? To find out, listen to Supreme Master Ching Hai talking about the origin of Buddha’s preaching of the Surangama Sutra. The Supreme Master said that many Bodhisattvas, Pratyeka Buddhas and Arhats had never heard about the Quan Yin Method at that time because it was not that easy to hear about it; people did not know about the Quan Yin method until Manjusri Bodhisattva and Guanyin Bodhisattva talked about it.
However, now at the Dharma-ending age, we can easily receive initiation into the Quan Yin Method only due to the grace, boundless compassion and generosity of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Anyone who practices the Quan Yin Method will certainly get the blessings and benefits. So now we can have the greatest, most incredible and unimaginable merits that can’t be bought and no words can describe. However, we should practice more diligently and be thankful for the opportunity we have. Though we have the best method, there are also a lot of obstacles because of the collective karma of all beings. Therefore, we shouldn't blame the Buddha and bodhisattvas, Masters or the Method; it's all because of our own Karma. We can only practice more, just practice and practice. The more obstacles we encounter, the more we should carry on with our spiritual practice. There’s no other way.