The Chinese characters, Quan Yin, mean contemplation of the sound current. The Method involves meditation on the Inner Light and the Inner Sound of God, or the Word (Logos) as referred to in the Bible and acknowledged repeatedly in the literature of all the world's major spiritual traditions. Through this practice you can gain a happy and more relaxed life, liberate yourself, and save five generations of your family.
The Quan Yin Method requires two and a half hours of meditation per day and adherence to the following five precepts:
1. Refraining from taking the life of sentient beings
2. Refraining from speaking what is not true
3. Refraining from taking what is not offered
4. Refraining from sexual misconduct
5. Refraining from the use of intoxicants
The Supreme Master Ching Hai promises that if an initiate practices the Quan Yin Method for two and a half hours a day and keeps the five precepts, he or she will not need to reincarnate ever again.
The Convenient Method
For those who are not quite ready to practice the Quan Yin Method, the Convenient Method of meditation is offered, also free of charge.
This practice involves half an hour of meditation a day and adherence to a vegetarian diet for at least ten days per month. It also can lead to a relaxed and happy life, and can be a preliminary to initiation into the Quan Yin Method. Practitioners of the Convenient Method can save themselves, but not their families.
Initiation: The Quan Yin Method
Initiation is not really initiation...you just come here and let me help you help yourself. I have not come here to make you disciples...I have come to help you become Masters.
Everyone already knows how to meditate, but you meditate on the wrong things. Some people meditate on pretty girls, some on money, some on business. Every time you pay full attention, whole heartedly, to one thing, that is meditation. I pay attention only to the Inner Power, to the compassion, the love and mercy qualities of God.
Initiation means the beginning of a new life into a new order. It means that the Master has accepted you to become one of the beings in the circle of saints. Then you are no longer an ordinary being, you are elevated. In the old times they called it Baptism or Taking Refuge in the Master.
-The Supreme Master Ching Hai-
The Supreme Master Ching Hai initiates sincere people longing to know the Truth, into the Quan Yin Method. The Chinese characters Quan Yin mean contemplation of the sound vibration. The Method includes meditation on both the Inner Light and the Inner Sound. These inner experiences have been repeatedly described in the spiritual literature of all the world's religions since ancient times.
For example, the Christian Bible says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) This Word is the Inner Sound. It has also been called the Logos, Shabd, Tao, Soundstream, Naam, or the Celestial Music. Master Ching Hai says, It vibrates within all life and sustains the whole universe. This inner melody can heal all wounds, fulfill all desires, and quench all worldly thirst. It is all powerful and all love. It is because we are made of this Sound, that contact with it brings peace and contentment to our hearts. After listening to this Sound, our whole being changes, our entire outlook on life is greatly altered for the better.
The Inner Light, the Light of God, is the same light referred to in the word enlightenment. Its intensity can range from a subtle glow to the brilliance of many millions of suns. It is through the Inner Light and Sound that we come to know God.
The initiation into the Quan Yin Method is not an esoteric ritual or a ceremony for entering a new religion. During the initiation, specific instruction in meditation on the Inner Light and Inner Sound is given, and Master Ching Hai provides the spiritual transmission. This first taste of Divine Presence is given in silence. Master Ching Hai need not be physically present in order to open this door for you. This transmission is an essential part of the Method. The techniques themselves will bring little benefit without the Grace of the Master.
Because you may hear the Inner Sound and see the Inner Light immediately upon initiation, this event is sometimes referred to as sudden or immediate enlightenment.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai accepts people from all backgrounds and religious affiliations for initiation. You do not have to change your present religion or system of beliefs. You will not be asked to join any organization, or participate in any way that does not suit your current life style.
However, you will be asked to become a vegetarian. A lifetime commitment to the vegetarian diet is a necessary prerequisite for receiving initiation.
The initiation is offered free of charge.
Daily practice of the Quan Yin Method of meditation, and the keeping of the Five Precepts are your only requirements after initiation. The Precepts are guidelines that help you to neither harm yourself nor any other living being. These practices will deepen and strengthen your initial enlightenment experience, and allow you to eventually attain the highest levels of Awakening or Buddhahood for yourself. Without daily practice, you will almost certainly forget your enlightenment and return to a normal level of consciousness.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai's goal is to teach us to be self sufficient. Therefore, She teaches a Method that can be practiced by everyone, by themselves, without props or paraphernalia of any kind. She is not looking for followers, worshippers, or disciples, or establishing an organization with a dues paying membership. She will not accept money, prostrations, or gifts from you, so you do not need to offer these to Her.
She will accept your sincerity in daily life and meditational practice to progress yourself to sainthood.
The Five Precepts
1. Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings.*
2. Refrain from speaking what is not true.
3. Refrain from taking what is not offered.
4. Refrain from sexual misconduct.
5. Refrain from the use of intoxicants.
*The keeping of this precept requires a vegan or lacto-vegetarian diet.