Need Some Compassion?

Barbara LeBeau’s Kwan Yin

Quan Yin , also known as Kuan Yin, Quan’Am in Vietnam, Kannon in Japan, and Kanin in Bali, is the Bodhisattva of compassionate loving kindness. Buddhists go to her for compassion when they are suffering.

I first meet her many years ago when I was training at the Rochester Zen Center. Yesterday, I was reintroduced to her at the Zen community of Stillpoint in Lawrenceville, where an artist friend dedicated her vision of Quan Yin, a magnificent porcelain relief welcoming all into the zendo.

Many Jews consider having a stature like Quan Yin a form of idolatry. That is because they don’t understand that the basic philosophy of Buddhism has nothing to do with images. It’s a practice to understand that in the true nature of reality we are all one. This is learned through zazen meditation where the work is to sit straight, follow the breath and empty the mind. It is no easy matter because we discover how very busy our minds are.

Quan Yin is a Buddhist Mi Sheberakh asking for blessing, compassion, restoration, and strength when faced with adversity. I, for one, need all the help I can get.

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  1. Terrie Deerfield says:

    Thank you. Sending and open to receiving as well.

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