Wonderful Sound ［妙音菩薩］ ( Gadgadasvara, Gangadasvara, or Gamgadasvara; Myō’on-bosatsu): A bodhisattva described in the “Wonderful Sound” (twenty-fourth) chapter of the Lotus Sutra. According to this chapter, Wonderful Sound lives in a land called Adorned with Pure Light and serves a Buddha named Pure Flower Constellation King Wisdom. He manifests himself as Brahmā, Shakra, a wheel-turning king, a monk, nun, layman, laywoman, dragon, demon, or any other form to which those he hopes to convert will be receptive, and expounds the Lotus Sutra to them. The “Wonderful Sound” chapter lists thirty-four forms that this bodhisattva assumes in order to save the people. It also says that in the remote past, for a space of twelve thousand years, he employed a hundred thousand types of musical instruments to provide offerings of sound to the Buddha Cloud Thunder Sound King and presented to him eighty-four thousand alms bowls made of the seven kinds of treasures. As a result, Wonderful Sound was reborn in the land called Adorned with Pure Light and acquired supernatural powers. Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound is present at Eagle Peak with eighty-four thousand bodhisattvas to listen to Shakyamuni Buddha preach the Lotus Sutra and make offerings to him. According to T’ien-t’ai’s Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra, this bodhisattva is called Wonderful Sound because he propagates the Lotus Sutra throughout the ten directions with his wondrous voice. Among the many sutras, Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound appears only in the “Wonderful Sound” chapter of the Lotus Sutra.