ylee111 wrote:Now can anyone tell me anything if Yuzu Nembetsu Shu and Jishu have iconography of Kuan Yin in their temples.
The Jishu sect is the one founded by Ippen listed above, with the statue of Kannon at Raikoji.
Info about the Yuzu Nembutsu school can be found here:http://www.dainenbutsuji.com/
They have a description of their 25 Bodhisattvas, #1 at the bottom is Kanzeon (Kwan Shi Yin): http://www.dainenbutsuji.com/oneri/oneri_flash.html
This page has some film & photos of their live action Bodhisattva performances:http://www.dainenbutsuji.com/oneri/
rory wrote:but the main practice is Nenbutsu and the sutras are the Pure Land ones.
That's where we differ; I don't see the 2 above as separate from any Kannon/Avalokitesvara practice (especially not when the 3rd prayer in the daily service is a direct supplication to Kannon). It's standard Pure Land doctrine that Avalokitesvara is one of the main Bodhisattvas to receive those newly born in the Pure Land & to do most of the teaching (according to the Visualization Sutra). Tao Chuo's Collection of Passages on the Land of Peace and Bliss; as well as Shan Tao's Hymns in Praise of Birth both say that bodhisattvas including Avalokitesvara & Mahasthamaprapta will protect those being mindful of Amitabha.
From the link you provided:
Kannon Bosatsu wrote:Kebutsu 化仏
A smaller image attached to a larger image. Found often with Kannon statuary, especially when Kannon is represented as one of the two main attendants of Amida Buddha in Amida Sanzon Artwork 阿弥陀三尊 (Amida Triad). In such artwork, a small image of Amida is often placed atop Kannon’s crown -- for Kannon is considered an active emanation (one who represents compassion) of Amida. The other attendant, Seishi Bosatsu, represents wisdom and is often depicted with a crown containing a small water bottle (suibyō 水瓶). A kebutsu of Amida is also found frequently inside the crown of statues of the 1000-Armed Kannon and the 11-Headed Kannon.
The story I'm most familiar with is this one
, which further explains the close relationship between Amitabha and Avalokitesvara. My teacher (a Tiantai monk) related the same story and I've seen it elsewhere as well. There's also the Sūtra of the Prophecy Bestowed upon Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva
that goes even further into the relationship.
(FWIW even Theravadans who "unofficially" venerate Avalokitesvara/Natha, include Amitabha/Amida in his/her crown).
According to the Kāraṇḍavyūha Sūtra, Avalokitesvara is an emanation of the Adi Buddha (the primordial Buddha), probably referring to the same eternal Buddha mentioned in the Lotus Sutra from which all Buddhas emanate.
But hey, if none of that doctrine interests you, there's always the logic that a being of infinite compassion is not likely to ignore a being in need who is entrusting themselves to infinite compassion and the fourth Brahma Vihara of Mudita (Appreciative Joy) means that Avalokitesvara will be more than happy with whatever you practice as long as it's Dharma. Dharma is the best offering you can make any Buddha.
PS - I think you're mistaken about Jizo. It was a temporary table shrine set up for the Japanese holiday of Obon (roughly equivalent to Ullambana - a holiday about ancestors who've passed), and Jizo was being supplicated to help those ancestors that may have fallen into the hell realms.