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Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo
Ten Phrase Life Prolonging Kannon Sutra

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Towards the end of his life, the great Zen Master Hakuin (1689-1769) took an increasing interest in life outside the monistery and in the lives and practices of his lay deciples, goverment ministers and the aristoricacy.

In a letter dated 1754 to Lord Nabeshima he tells of the virtures required of a good leader and the merits attached to recitation of the Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo (Ten Phrase Life Prolonging Kannon Sutra).

Along with the letter he sent a copy of the Sutra and told Lord Nabeshima of the miracles that were associated with its recitation, both in China and Japan.

Hakuin expresses the hope that his lordship will recite it two or three hundred times each day and encourage his retainers, the uneducated and illiterate, to do so as well. He goes on:

'The reason lies in the testing. Give this to those who are seriously ill or have met with disaster for their consolation.

If it is recited with sincerity, miracles will without fail be accomplished and the person who recites it will be free from disease and attain a long life.
This applies to anyone at all.'

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Hakuin tells of a man in ancient China called Kao-huang, who was sentanced to be executed. He was a man of firm religious faith and around midnight of the day before his execution he was meditating upon Kannon, when the fom of the Bodhisattva appeared before him. He was told that if he could recite the Kannon Sutra a thousand times in the night, his life would be saved. Pleading that this was imposible, he was told to begin nonetheless.

The next morning, when he was about to be killed, the sword snapped and so did all others that were tried. The amazed executioner enquired as to the reason and was told the story, whereapon Kao-huang was pardoned. Ever since this Sutra has been held in high esteem and many have been saved or healed through reciting it.

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There is a translation by Philip Yampolsky:

Kanzeon! Salutation and devotion to the Buddha!
We are one with the Buddha
In cause and effect related to all Buddhas
and to Buddha Dharma and Sangha.

Our true nature is
Eternal, Joyous, Selfless and Pure.
So let us chant every mornong Kanzeon with Nen (attention)
Every evening Kanzeon with Nen!
Nen Nen arises from Mind
Nen Nen is not separate from Mind.

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John Blofield in his book 'Compassion Yogo' also refers to this, though he speaks of hearing it in China and does not mention the Japanese connections. He translates it as:
Kuan Shih Yin!
Hail Buddha!
In him a cause!
In him, an outcome!
Buddha-Dharma-Sangha outcome
Lasting Joy, ego clensed!
Morning, think Kuan Yin!
Evening, think Kuan Yin!
Each call from mind!
No call not mind-born!

Blofield Adds, 'Clearly one could draw some kind of connected meaning from these ejaculations, but it would be ludicrously inept and convey no idea of the effect at which the words are aimed.' So maybe it is better not to translate!

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