The Other Shore

by Tibor Szemző

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MYÔHÔ-RENGE-KYÔ
THE SUTRA OF THE LOTUS FLOWER OF THE WONDERFUL LAW
recitation of the people from the Kyoto Kiyomizu-Dera temple

Chapter XXV

The All-Sidedness of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of the-Cries-of-the-World

At that time the Bodhisattva Infinite-Thought rose up from his seat, and baring his right shoulder and folding his hands towards the Buddha, spoke thus : “World-honoured One! For what reason is the Bodhisattva Kannnon named Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World?”
The Buddha answered the Bodhisattva Infinite-Thought: “Good son! If there be countless hundreds thousands myriads of koţis of living beings suffering from pain and distress, who hear of this Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, and with all their mind call upon his name, the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World will instantly regard their cries, and all of them will be delivered.
“If there be any who keep the name of that Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of the-World, though they fall into a great fire, the fire will not be able to burn them, by virtue of the supernatural power of that bodhisattva’s majesty. If any, carried away by a flood, call upon his name, they will immediately reach the shallows. If there be hundreds thousands myriads of koţis of beings who in search of gold, silver, lapis lazuli, moonstones, agate, corals, amber, pearls, and other treasures, go out on the ocean, and if a black gale blows their ships to drift upon the land of the răkshasa-demons, and if amongst them there be even a single person who calls upon the name of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, all those people will be delivered from the woes of the răkshasas. It is for this cause that (he) is named Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World.
“If again there be any man on the verge of {deadly) harm, who calls upon the name of the Bodhisattva Regarder-ol-the-Cries-of-the-World, the sword of the attaeker will instantly snap asunder and he will be set free. Even if the three-thousand-great-thousandfold world were full of yakshas and răkshasas seeking to afflict people, these wicked demons, hearing them call upon the name of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, would be able to see them with (their} wicked eyes, how mueh less to hurt them.
“If, moreover, there be anyone, guilty or not guilty, loaded with manacles, fetters, cangues, or chains, who calls on the name of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, they shall a11 be snapped and broken off, and he shall be freed.
“If the three-thousand-great-thousandfold world were full of enemies and robbers, and there were a merchant-chief, who led many merchants, having charge of costly jewels, along a perilous road, and among them one man speaks forth: ‘Good sons! Be not afraid. With one mind do you invoke the title of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World; for this Bodhisattva is able to give courage to all the living. If you invoke his name, you will be freed from these enemies and robbers.’ On hearing this, if all the traders together with one voice cry, `Namah ! Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of the-World!’, then, by invoking his name, they will be relieved. Infinite-Thought ! Such is the awe-inspiring supernatural power of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World.
“If any living beings, much given to carnal passion, keep in mind and revere the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, they will be set free from their passion. If any, much given to irascibility, keep in mind and revere the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, they will be set free from their irascibility. If any, much given to infatuation, keep in mind and revere the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, they will be set free from their infatuation. Infinite-Thought ! Such are the abundant benefits conferred by the supernatural power of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World. Gonsequently, let all the living ever keep him in mind:
“If any woman desiring a son, worships and pays homage to the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, she will bear a son, happy, virtuous and wise. If she desires a daughter, she will bear a daughter, of good demeanour and looks, who of old has planted virtuous roots, beloved and respected by all. Infinite-Thought ! Such is the power of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World. If any of the living revere and worship the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Gries-of-the-World, blessings will not be rudely rejected.
“Therefore, let all the living cherish, the title of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Gries-of-the-World. Infinite-Thought! Suppose, any one cherishes the names of bodhisattvas (numerous as) the sands of sixty-two koţis of the Ganges, who all his life makes them offerings of food, drink. garments, bedding, and medicaments,-what is your opinion-are not the merits of that good son or good daughter abundant?” Infinite-Thought replied: “Extremely abundant!” The World-honoured One, the Buddha proceeded : “But if (any) one cherishes the title of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, or only for a moment worships and reveres him, the blessings of these two men will be exactly equal without difference, and cannot be exhausted in hundreds thousands myriads of koţis of kalpas. Infinite-Thought ! Such is the immeasurable, boundless degree of blessedness he will obtain who cherishes the name of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World.”
The Bodhisattva Infinite-Thouht {again) said to the Buddha:”World-honoured One! How is it that the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of the-World wanders in this sahâ-world? How does he preach the Law to the living? What is the character of his tactfulness ?
The Buddha replied to the Bodhisattva Infinite-Thought: “Good son! If the living in any realm must be saved in the body of a buddha, the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World appears as a buddha and reaches to them the Law.To those who must be saved in the body of a pratyekabuddha,he appears as a pratyekabuddha and preaehes to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a śrâvaka, he appears as a śrâvaka and preaches to them the Law. To those .who must be saved in the body of Brahma, he appears as Brahma and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of Śakra, he appears as Śakra and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of Iśvara, he appears as Iśvara and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of Maheśvara, he appears as Maheśvara and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a great divine-general, he appears as a great divine-general and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of Vaiśravana, he appears as Vaiśravana and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a minor king, he appears as a minor king and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of an elder, he appears as an elder and reaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a citizen, he appears as a citizen and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a minister of state, he appears as a minister and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a Brahman, he appears as a Brahman and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a bhikshu, bhikshuni, upăsaka, or upăsikă, he appears as a bhikshu, bhikshuni, upăsaka, or upăsikă, and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of the wife of an elder, citizen, minister, or Brahman, he appears as a woman and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a youth or maiden, he appears as a youth or maiden and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in the body of a god, dragon, yakşha, gandharva, asura, garuda, kimnara, mahoraga, human or non-human being, he appears in every such form and preaches to them the Law. To those who must be saved in (the shape of) a Diamond-holding god, he appears as a Diamond-holding god and preaches to them the Law. InfiniteThought! Such are the merits acquired by this Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World and the various forms in which he rambles through many lands to save the living. Therefore; do you with single mind pay homage to the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World. This Bodhisattva-Mahăsattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World is able to make fearless those in anxiety and distress. For this reason all in this sahă-world give him the title Bestower-of-Fearlessness.”
The Bodhisattva Infinite-Thought said to the Buddha: “World-honoured One! Let me now make an offering to the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World.”
Thereupon he unloosed from his neck a necklace of pearls worth a hundred thousand taels of gold and presented it to him making this remark : “Good sir! Accept this pious gift of a pearl necklace.”But the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-Worid would not accept it.
Again the Bodhisattva Infinite-Thought addressed the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Crics-of-the-World : “Good sir! Out of compassion for us;, accept this necklace.” Then the Buddha said to the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Gries-of-the-World: “Out of compassion for this Bodhisattva Infinite-Thought and the four groups, and for the gods, dragons,yakshas, gandharvas, asuras, garudas, kimnaras, mahoragas, human and non-human beings, and others, accept this necklace.” Then the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, compassionating all the four groups and the gods, dragons, human and non-human beings, and others, accepted the necklace, and dividing it into two parts, offered one part to Sakyamuni Buddha and offered the other to the Stupa of the Buddha Abundant-Treasures.
“Infinite-Thought! With such sovereign supernatural powers does the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World wander through the sahă-world.”
Then the Bodhisattva Infinite-Thought made enquiry thus in verse:

“The World-honoured One with all the mystic signs !
Let me now again enquire of Him :
`For what cause is this Buddha-son named
Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World?’ ”

The Honoured One with all the mystic signs answered Infinite-Thought in verse:

“Listen to the deeds of the Cry-Regarder,
Who well responds to every quarter;
His vast vow is deep as the sea,
Inconceivable in its aeons.
Serving many thousands of koţis of buddhas,
He has vowed a great pure vow.
Let Me briefly teil you.
(He who) hears his name, and sees him,
And bears him unremittingly in mind,
Will be able to end the sorrows of existence.
Though (others) with harmful intent
Throw him into a burning pit,
Let him think of the Cry-Regarder’s power,
And the fire-pit will become a pool.
Or driven along a great ocean,
In peril of dragons, fishes and demons,
Let him think of the Cry-Regarder’s power
And waves cannot submerge him.
Or if, from the peak of Sumeru,
Men would hurl him down,
Let him think of the Cry-Regarder’s power,
And like the sun he will stand firm in the sky.
Or if, pursued by wicked men,
And cast down from Mount Diamond,
He thinks of the Cry-Regarder’s power,
Not a hair shall be injured.
Or, meeting with encompassing foes,
Each with drawn sword to strlke him,
He thinks of the Cry-Regarder’s power,
All their hearts will turn to kindness.
Or, meeting suffering by royal (command),
His life is to end in execution,
He thinks of the Cry-Regarder’s power,
(The executioner’s) sword wlll break ln pieces.
Or, imprisoned, shackled and chained,
Arms and legs in gyves and stocks,
He thinks of the Gry-Regarder’s power,
Freely he shall be released.
Or if, by incantations and poisons
One seeks to hurt his body,
And he thinks of the Cry-Regarder’s power,
All will revert to their originator.
Or, meeting evil răkshasas,
Venomous dragons, and demons,
He thinks of the Gry-Regarder’s power,
At once none will dare to hurt him.
If, encompassed by evll beasts,
Tusks sharp and fearful claws,
He thinks of the Gr y-Regarder’s power,
They will flee in every direction.
Or boas, vipers and scorpions
Breath poisonous as fire-flame scorching,
And he thinks of the Cry-Regarder’s power
Instant at his voice they will retreat.
Glouds thunder and lightning flashes,
Hail falls and rain streams,
He thinks of the Cry-Regarder’s power
And all instantly are scattered.
The living crushed and harassed,
Oppressed by countless pains,
The Cry-Regarder ivith his mystic wisdom
Can save (such) a sufferzng world.
Perfect in sugernatural powers,
Widely practised in wisdom and tact,
In the lands of the universe there is no place
Where he does not manifest himself.
All the evil states of existence,
Hells, ghosts, and anlmals,
Sorrows of birth, age, disease, death,
All by degrees are ended by him.
True regard, serene regard,
Far-reaching wise regard,
Regard of pity, compassionate regard,
Ever longed for, ever looked for!
Pure and serene in radiance,
Wisdom’s sun destroying darkness,
Subduer of wocs of storm and fire,
Who illumines all the world!
Law of pity, thunder quivering,
Compassion wondrous as a great cloud,
Pouring spiritual rain like nectar,
Quenching the flames of distress!
In disputes before a magistrale,
Or in fear in battle’s array ,
If he thinks of the Cry-Regarder’s power
All his enemies will be routed.
His is the wondrous voice, voice of the world-regarder,
Brahma-voice, voice of the rolling tide,
Voice all world-surpassing,
Therefore ever to be kept in mind,
With never a doubting thought.
Regarder of the World’s Cries, pure and holy,
In pain, distress, death, calamity,
Able to be a sure reliance,
Perfect in all merit,
With compassionate eyes beholding all,
Boundless ocean of blessings!
Prostrate let us revere him.”

Thereupon the Bodhisattva ,Stage-Holder rose from his seat, went before and said to the Buddha: “World-honoured One ! If any living being hears of the sovereign work and the all-sided transcendent powers (shown in) this chapter of the Bodhisattva Regarder-of-the-Cries-of-the-World, it should be known that the merits of this man are not a few.”
While the Buddha preached this chapter of the All-sided One, the eighty-four thousand living beings in the assembly all set their minds upon Perfect Enlightenment, with which nothing can compare.

2.

A fragment of the lecture on Kannon- Kyô by the Buddhist priest Ônishi Ryôkei:

“From now on I would like to talk to you about the religion of Kannon (the God of Mercy).
Being an old man, I will not be able to give you a proper lecture or something like a speech or like a sermon or any kind of difficult thing like these any more, but really just like a face-to-face chat at the most; and I am hoping
for your kind understanding in this respect.
First, I think I would like to tell you something about the meaning of the word “Kannon” in the Kannon religion. The Chinese character “kan” of “Kannon”, you know, is the character that means “to see”, you know, “to see.”

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released January 1, 1999

01. The Other Shore for human voices and small ensemble
The Gordian Knot Company
Tibor Szemző –conductor, bassflute
Ildikó Fodor – violine
Fruzsina Jaán – viola
Mariann Pleszkán – cello
István Pápai – maracas
Péter Magyar – drums
Marcell Benkő – congas
Tamás Tóth – electric bass
people of the Kyoto Kiyomizu-dera temple – recitation
Ônishi Ryôkei – voice

Recorded at HEAR Studio, 17th December 1997 by István Horváth
Special thanks to Márton B. Balogh and Teri Losonci

02. Symultan for human voices and different sound
The Mursa Couple and the Szatmárcseke Gipsy community – narration
Anonymous male singer from Kétegyháza – voice
Tibor Szemző – sound devices and bassflute

The recording made of the Hitler-ballad was collected in Kétagháza by Kamill Erdös [1924-1962], presumably recorded in 1956

The text was recorded in Szatmárcseke on the 5th and 6th of September 1995 by Tibor Szemző
completed at HEAR Studio, 11-18th March 1996 by István Horváth
Many thanks to János Decsényi, Andrei Schwartz, Gábor Sarudi, Károly Bari and István Szigeti for their help offered to complete out this piece.

03. Gull choral variation for string quartet and tabla
The Moyzes Quartet
Stanislav Mucha – 1st violin
František Török – 2nd violin
Alexander Lakatoš – viola
Ján Slávik – cello;
Péter Szalai – tabla

recorded at Hungarian Radio Studios, 20th November 1998 by István Horváth
The recording of this piece was made possible by the Soros Foundation Budapest
Special thanks to Stephan Bálint

Artwork by Kiff Doso, Y21 Studio 1999
Cover Photo from The Other Shore, a film by Tibor Szemző

Produced by Leo Feigin and Attila Bognár
Executive producers: Ernő Mesterházy and Géza Földesi

all music composed by Tibor Szemző
1999 © & ℗ all rights reserved

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Oriented by his diverse lines of interest towards the borderline areas of the various genres. Founder of creative performing formations (Group 180, Fodderbasis, Gordian Knot Cinematic Music Lab). Beside music compositions he creates films and installations. His works are present across Europe and beyond.
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