Kuan Yin - Guanyin Bodhisattva - 33 Manifestations
|28. Guanyin the Lady
Nāmó mǎ láng fù guānyīn
|Homage to Guanyin the Lady
|"If there are those that can be liberated by a lady, the Bodhisattva will appear in this form to teach them the dharma."
Who appears as a 妇女身 ( fùnǚ shēn ) lady.
This form stands with both hands crossed in front, and is garbed in a celestial dress.
During the reign of Emperor Xianzong of the Tang dynasty, in the year AD 817 this form appeared in the 陕右 ( shǎnyòu ) Shanyou district to convert the populace there.
The people of Shanyou are fond of hunting and archery, and have never heard of the dharma.
Thus the Bodhisattva appeared as a beautiful lady and enticed the men to ask for her hand, but on the condition that they can memorize three Mahayana Sutra texts.
So after three rounds of competition only a young man of the Ma family could memorize all the texts.
So she married this young man, only to die the next day.
A few days after she was buried an old monk appeared, asking that the grave be lifted.
In it they found that only a golden collar bone remained.
The old monk then revealed to them that this lady is actually a manifestation of Guanyin, who took pity on the people here and thus came to teach them.
As he finished his words, the old monk simply vanished.
From then on the populace of Shanyou mostly became devout Buddhists.