Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is the embodiment of the spirit of compassion. The Bodhisattva’s endowment is the conservation of energy to promote the healing of everything on earth. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva made extraordinary vows during his exceptional practice. In honoring his vows he helped countless living beings - who are still suffering - to attain Buddhahood and guided them toward liberation.
The Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra consists of thirteen chapters. Sakyamuni Buddha travels to Trayastrimsa Heaven to expound the Dharma for his mother. He discusses the extraordinary vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva that he made during his exceptional practices. The Bodhisattva has sworn to help countless living beings to attain Buddhahood and guide them toward liberation. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva vowed to “first guide all wrongdoing suffering beings toward repentance, thus allowing them to attain peace and happiness, and enabled them to achieve enlightenment, and only then become a Buddha.” Throughout incalculable future kalpas, he would guide all wrongdoing suffering beings who reside in the six realms of existence to liberation.
Among the Buddhist community, this sutra consists of discourses delivered by the Buddha to his mother in the Trayastrimsa Heaven. The sutra discusses the filial practices of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva during his “exceptional practices.” Therefore, the sutra solemnly admonishes us. Filial piety is the basis for hundreds of good deeds, virtues, and hence, the Ksitigarbha Sutra is lauded as the Buddhist sutra of filial piety.
The Ksitigarbha Sutra eminently expresses the scriptures. The phenomenal scripts touch people's hearts. In addition to the traditional characters in Chinese, we painted with colorful expressions and produced a graphic novel. This is the best skillful approach to gain social acceptance. It is presented with vivid graphic images specifically revealing the scenes from the hells and the expressions of the great vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. All sentient beings can comprehend the deep meaning of the sutra. That is the core value and our main goal. Hence, to reach a profound understanding of realization and the comprehension of the incredible karma of causality, we eventually will be able to correct ourselves and avoid evil karma. At that time we will restore good karma by implementing good virtues, carrying out Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s education and vows. This is for the benefit of all beings in heaven and on earth, to expound and propagate this sutra far and wide.