Introduction to the Kuan Yin
The first full of the moon following the winter equinox (i.e.
56 days later) is marked in the East (China particularly) with
the Lantern Festival. Small paper boats with candles on board
are launched onto rivers as offerings of light to the spirits
Eventually these little boats float on into the
vast and unfathomable oceans of our shared world.Ancient tradition
also has it that places of learning and practice (Temple, School
and Dojo) would hang poems, calligraphy, art and so on to lanterns
outside their buildings so as to continue a form of illumination
as this first full moon of the year began to wane. During various
periods of time in ancient China many of these works of poetry
attached to lanterns were eulogies to various manifestations
of Kuan Yin.
Kuan Yin is often considered to be a female manifestation of Amida Buddha -
who also manifests as the thousand armed, thousand eyed Buddha
who 'looks' simultaneously in a thousand direction for suffering
whilst offering a thousand arms of assistance. Various manifestations
of Amida Buddha are known as "The Buddha of Infinite Light
and Infinite Life".
Kuan Yin (a.k.a. Kannon - Kwannon - Kanzeon) is also known
as "The Hearer of Cries". From the vase that she carries flows
unfathomable, infinite and endless compassion. To realise
this compassion it is suggested that one simply call her name.
One need not try to 'tell' her what your 'problem' is (it
may not be your problem anyway!), Kuan Yin knows what it/they
are - even if you don't!
The traditional form of this invocation is: Namu
Kuan Shi Yin Pu Sa
In effect this "Life Giving Phrase" does
not need to be translated into any other language or particularly
understood on any other level -For it simply is what it is:
Unfathomable and Infinite Light
At around about the 6th Century, in China poetry
competitions became fashionable and the predominant theme
still was Kuan Yin, her virtues and the advice that she gave.
Over the years these poems were compiled as one complete work
This volume then came to be used as a medium by fortune-tellers.
The services of the soothsayer were settled with a money burning
ceremony. Hard-earned money bought valueless paper money to
burn. Via these mediums Kuan Yin's compassionate advice and
assistance - especially to pregnant women - established this
figure in countless manifestation in perhaps dozens of eastern
cultures as the compassionate Goddess of Love.
Be advised that there is no number pattern to the layout
of the poems and the order it utterly random. Therefore, whatever
you get is decided by fate. All that you have to do is be
where you are and 'listen' or understand and enjoy your past,
present and future.
We therefore ask you to simply take this item
on face value and enjoy.
Answers take only a second; a wise question
may take a lifetime to ask.
It is with great pleasure that we launch this item freely
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