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Thursday, 23. August 2007
KANNON BOSATSU, KANNON BODHISATTVA,
LORD OF COMPASSION, GODDESS OF MERCY
Represented as both Male and Female
Assists People in Distress in the Earthly Realm
Sanskrit = Avalokitesvara, Avalokiteshvara, Lokeshvara
Japanese = Kannon, Kanjizai, Kanzeon, Kwannon
Chinese = Kuan Yin, Guanyin, Guanshiyin
Tibetan = Spyan-ras-gzigs
All about Kannon
Incl. 33 Forms of Kannon, Legends About Kannon and much more!
Senju Kannon 千手観音:
Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokites 'vara. "Thousand-armed Kannon" or *Kannon 観音 with a thousand arms. Also called Senbi kannon 千臂観音 or Daihi Kannon 大悲観音. This form of Kannon theoretically has 1000 hands and 1000 eyes. Thus a longer version of the name is Senju-sengen Kanjizai Bosatsu 千手千眼観自在菩薩 or, more commonly, Senju-sengen Kannon 千手千眼観音. The form emphasizes the compassion that sees suffering (with 1000 eyes) and acts to relieve it (with 1000 hands). It is assumed that this form originated in India in the 7c, but no examples remain. Examples do remain from around the 10c in China, and Senju was one of the early forms of Kannon revered in Japan.
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