October 5, 1973, Friday evening, at Washington Street
On Guanyin Bodhisattva not Permitting the Earth to Quake
Ven. Master Hsuan Hua
It’s almost time for the Opening of Light Ceremony. Everyone should sincerely bow the Great Compassion Repentance and cultivate Great Compassion Dharmas, so Thousand-handed, Thousand-eyed Guanyin Bodhisattva will manifest great spiritual powers and keep San Francisco from falling into the ocean in an earthquake. As you have seen, there have been several earthquakes, but they have all been far away from San Francisco—some fifty or sixty miles, or a hundred miles—and we have been safe here. That has been a response from Guanyin Bodhisattva.
Someone thinks, “Master, it was you who vowed that as long as you are in San Francisco an earthquake will not hit. Why are you now saying that the absence of earthquakes here is due to Guanyin Bodhisattva?
It’s just because I knew Guanyin Bodhisattva would come that I said that there would not be an earthquake. I said that in 1968, and I repeated my statement in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1973. I have said it every year, not just one year. Haven’t you heard me say that?
Timely Teachings, pages 277.