Guan Yin - The Musical

Guan Yin is…

The embodiment of great compassion?
A royal princess who refuses to marry?
One of the Four Great Bodhisattvas of Buddhism?
One who sprinkles Nectar of Life with her willow branch?
A statue placed at home?

Some people say — Guan Yin has billions of manifestations
To you — what is Guan Yin?

Guan Yin The Musical is not only an artistic interpretation of the wondrous legends of Guan Yi, but also an opportunity to meet or reconnect with Guan Yin, a pit-stop on one’s spiritual journey. With a firm belief that music not only connects people but can also purify their hearts, DZL hopes to share the Dharma wisdom and compassion through Guan Yin The Musical with melodious tunes of positivity, messages of hope with unyielding faith and perseverance in this world we live in.

We sincerely invite you, on this journey of
Meeting Guanyin, meeting yourself in your heart

In the legend of Guan Yin Bodhisattva with the Fish Basket, she manifested herself as a beautiful fishmonger. In order to propagate the teachings of the Buddha, she challenged her admirers to memorise sutras in order for them to win her hand in marriage. Finally, a winner emerged; however, she died suddenly right after the wedding, and her body decayed almost instantly. A monk appeared and announced that the beautiful woman was Guan Yin Bodhisattva herself.

The Legend of Miao Shan tells the story of a princess with the name of Miao Shan, meaning ‘wonderful virtue’. The moment she was born, the earth shook, the sky rained flowers and a delicate fragrance filled the air around her. When Miao Shan grew up, she went against her father’s wish and refused to marry, as she aspired to continue her spiritual practice so as to help all sentient beings — both humans and animals. Her father became furious and tried to punish her by making her perform menial tasks. Finally, her father gave in and sent Miao Shan to live in a monastery. There, she overcame one obstacle after another and finally became Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Perceiver of Sounds — the embodiment of the purest unconditional compassion.

The story of Tranquil Guan Yin happened during the beginning of the Song Dynasty. At the border states of Su and Hang where the Jin Army invaded and killed many innocent people, a peaceful nun arrived at a river bank one day, holding a jewel-vase with a willow twig in her hand. She sat down in the lotus position and started to recite The Great Compassion Mantra, to help those who perished in the war to quickly attain rebirth. After 49 days of reciting the mantra, a large crowd gathered at the river bank and listened to the nun’s teaching of the Dharma. A villager asked if they would have the blessing to see the Bodhisattva. The nun replied, “Look at the water, isn’t that the Bodhisattva?” It was then that the villagers realised the nun was the manifestation of Guan Yin Bodhisattva.

Guan Yin Bodhisattva Who Does Not Want to Leave, tells of a Japanese monk went to China to seek Buddhist teachings. On his return trip home, he brought a statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva on the ship. As the ship passed a certain island, it strangely encircled it for days. Despite the monk’s ardent prayers to Guan Yin Bodhisattva, the ship would not stop circling around the island. Finally, he landed on the island and ended up staying there where he found Pu Tuo Mountain, a very important site associated with Guan Yin Bodhisattva.