Q089: Master Lu, many of my fellow Dharma cultivators and I would like to follow the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, to propagate Dharma and cross over destined followers. We would like to make Great Vows but we are afraid that we would not be able to fulfil our vows. Could you please advise how we should make Great Vows, and how we can cross over more people?

A089:

  • It is a Grand Vow if you vow to cross over a certain number of people within a certain period of time. Many people are afraid that they would not be able to fulfil their vows, and therefore hesitate to make this type of vow.
  • In fact, crossing over people is similar to providing education to others. A university professor lecturing university students is considered to be providing education, and kindergarten teachers teaching children is also considered to be providing education.
  • When Master Lu’s disciples ask Master Lu a question relating to Buddhism, and Master Lu gives a Dharma Talk to answer this question, then Master Lu is crossing over his disciples. If your friends ask you about how to recite the Little House (Hsiao Fang Tzu), or how to perform Daily Recitation (Kung Ko), and you help them by explaining the procedures, then you are also crossing over people.
  • A good method for crossing over people is by answering enquiries regarding Buddhism, for example, replying to comments and answering questions on Master Lu’s blog. However, you must ensure that you are accurately answering questions based on the right view, right belief, right mindfulness, and right thoughts and intention. You must not deviate from the proper path.
  • Another good method for crossing over people is by writing your inspirational stories and sharing your experience with others to demonstrate the results of learning Buddhism. By allowing more people to believe in Buddhism, and to start cultivating their mind and practising Buddhism, you are indeed crossing them over.
  • If you are unsure about how many people you are able to cross over, then when you are making your vow, you can say the following, “I, <full name>, make the vow that for the rest of my life, I will follow the teaching of the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva and have the spirit for saving sentient beings from suffering and disasters. I will cross over as many people as I possibly can.”
  • People with terminal illness can say the following prayer, “Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva, if I, <full name>, can stay alive, I will share my experience with others to demonstrate the results of learning Buddhism. I will spend the rest of my life trying to convince people to cultivate their mind and practise Buddhism, and to believe in Guan Yin Bodhisattva.”
  • The virtues that you accumulate from crossing over people after making a vow is greater than if you did not made a vow.

 

[Updated 2012.04.26]