ylee111 wrote:(FYI: shi and hir are gender neutral terms used instead of she/he and him/her)
In what sects of Asian Buddhism is Avalokiteśvara recognized in hir form as Guanyin/ Kanon Bozatsu?
As a kid, I visited Chinese Pureland and Chan Temples in New York City's Chinatown and observed many statues of hir. Ditto for one at Flushing's Fo Guang Shan. Likewise, I visited the Chogyesa Zen (Seon) Temple in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and was told a statue was in the inner chamber. I also thought I spotted a reclining Guanyin at Elmhurst's Wat Buddha Thai Thavorn Vanaram.
However, when I visited Jodo Shinshu's New York Buddhist Church, I was shocked that the attendees of a Pure Land School did not know who shi was. The one person who did know told me that statues can be found in Chinatown. I just read that very few deities are recognized in Jodo Shinshu but I thought the exclusion was limited to Shinto ones. Thus my curiosity.
Lindama wrote:huh, I always thought that Avalokitesvara and Kwan Yin/Kanzeon were the same.... just that we could connect with diff aspects of each in our experience. So I think of them interchangeably
Got the John Bloefield book. I hope its good.
A prayer to implore for Buddhas to enter the place where the service observed.
HO ZEI SHI HO JO RAI JI TO CHO SAN KA RAKU
HO ZEI SE KYA JO RAI JI TO CHO SAN KA RAKU
HO ZEI BI TA JO RAI JI TO CHO SAN KA RAKU
HO ZEI KAN NIN SE SHI SHO TAI HO SA
JI TO CHO SAN KA RAKU
With this offering of lotus petals, may we call upon all Buddhas in the ten directions of the universe to enter?
With this offering of lotus petals, may we call upon Sakyamuni Buddha to enter?
With this offering of lotus petals, may we call upon Amida Buddha to enter?
With this offering of lotus petals, may we call upon Kan-non Bosatsu, Seishi Bosatsu, and other magnificent Bodhisattvas to enter?
Jodo.org wrote:Amida Nyorai is the object of worship at Zenkoji and is said to be the first Japanese "Ikko Sanzon" form of a Buddhist statue. Amida Nyorai is standing together with the Kannon Bosatsu statue and the Seishi Bosatsu statue, one large halo covering the back of Amida Nyorai and the other two statues appointed with a round or boat-shaped halo.
The chief priest at this temple has always been a priestess, and there are many interesting temple customs. In one such ceremony, called "Receiving Juzu," the head priestess of the temple passes her own Juzu over the head of a believer.
ylee111 wrote:Now can anyone tell me anything if Yuzu Nembetsu Shu and Jishu have iconography of Kuan Yin in their temples.
rory wrote:but the main practice is Nenbutsu and the sutras are the Pure Land ones.
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.
troutfactory wrote:The Manbu-Oneri (万部おねり) ceremony takes place at Dainenbutsuji temple in Osaka’s Hirano ward between May 1st and May 5th and depicts the ascension of Buddhist saints to paradise. The parade involves — in addition to hundreds of priests and community members — 25 monks who don golden Buddha costumes and walk slowly across a bridge that leads to the temple itself. The journey across the bridge represents the journey from this world to the next, the Buddhist nirvana. Dainenbutsuji is the head temple of the very interesting Yuzu-nenbutsu sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, founded by Ryōnin (良忍) in the early early 12th century. The ceremony at Dainenbutsuji — which lasts several hours and is accompanied by ritual chanting and music — dates from the 14th century.
Since May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan, a few elements related to this national holiday have been incorporated into the ceremonial parade, including a contingent of young children bearing golden crowns and lotus blossoms.
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