When you keep a clean mind and look at a statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva mindfully, there will be no distracting thoughts in your mind.
If your mind is full of distracting thoughts, there is no way for Guan Yin Bodhisattva to enter your heart. The moment you look at the statue of the Bodhisattva, all the distracting thoughts will be gone.
Examine your mind to see if it is distracted and unclean. If you are unable to rein in your wandering thoughts, there is no way you can cultivate your mind well.
When you bow in prayer, do not think of anyone. Otherwise, distracting thoughts will emerge.
Learn to sit down and calm your mind. Then your mind should be left with only ten per cent selfish thoughts while eighty per cent of the room in your mind is occupied by the
Bodhisattva. When you bow, you should only have Guan Yin Bodhisattva in your mind, becoming oblivious to the people bowing in front of you or behind you.
When you kneel down, there is no one else except you in the universe.
This is what we call quietness of the mind.
学会坐下，静下来，脑子里可能残存 10%的私念，但菩萨应占据 80%的空间。
– Master Jun Hong Lu, Words of Wisdom Volume 2
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