Who is Kannon?

In Buddhism, each deity is considered to be a real manifestation of a particular state of mind; in this way, Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is the manifestation of our own innate compassion for ourselves and others. Kannon is the personification of universal unconditional love. In my experience, each individual will relate to Kannon in their own private way. For many people, Kannon is very real: a divine being; for others, she represents their own potential to be a compassionate person; for others, she is an abstraction of an ideal; for others, she is a mystic energy that pervades the mysterious cosmos. Ultimately though, Kannon herself is a mystery that we can never comprehend with our rational minds, and we must remind ourselves that every image we form of her is merely a model of something that is far greater than our limited minds can apprehend. But it is enough to say that Kannon is Love, like a mother’s unconditional love for her child, and through this universal compassionate love we can find relief from our troubles and answers to our problems. Loving Mother Kannon at Hasedera

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