Originally uploaded by Peg Syverson.
The Bodhisattva of compassion, Kuan-yin, as she is known in Chinese Buddhist tradition, is known as Kannon or Kanzeon in Japanese Buddhism. Her name means "the one who hears the cries of the world." Kuan-yin, also spelled Guanyin, originated as Avolokiteshvara, the Sanskrit name for this Bodhisattva, originally a male figure. The Heart Sutra, chanted daily in Zen temples and monasteries, originates from Avolokiteshvara as a teaching given to Sariputra. This beautiful new statue, now residing in the practice discussion room, is a gift from Flint.