#atozchallenge: K is for Kannon


by Lillian Csernica on April 12, 2018

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The Goddess of Mercy has many names. The most commonly known are Kwan Yin, Kanzeon Bosatsu, and Kannon. In the strictest sense she is a boddhisatva, a being who has achieved enlightenment and could merge with nirvana. Instead, she chooses to remain on earth and help others toward enlightenment.

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Throughout Japan there are many temples and shrines devoted to the Buddha and to the Shinto gods. Even when Kannon is not the main focus of a particular temple, you will often find a Kannon Hall where an image of the goddess resides.

Kiyomizudera, the Pure Water Temple, is a key location in the Kyoto Steampunk series. On its famous cypress veranda, Dr. Harrington meets Kannon herself.

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One response to “#atozchallenge: K is for Kannon

  1. I think Kannon is another aspect of Guangyin, called the Goddess of Mercy in Taiwan. She appears in a story of mine called “A Voice for the Goddess of Mercy.” I think of her as the smiling heart of the old hero’s toast: “May we always get what we need, but never what we deserve!”

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