Kannon
 

Kannon


Kannon is the Japanese pronunciation of Guanyin, the Chinese form of Avalokiteshwara, an Indian Bodhisattva. According to the Lotus Sutra, popular in China from the 7th c., Avalokiteshwara has 33 manifesatations, of which 7 are female. Though Avalokiteshwara is depicted as male in India, and earlier versions in China were also male, later versions of Guanyin/Kannon are depicted as female, a bodhisattva of Compassion. Kannon occupies an important place in a number of Japanese Buddhist sects, for example, in the Western Pure Land and in Shingon. She is one of the very few deities given prominence in Zen Buddhism, and is depicted following the seated image painted by Chinese Chan artist Mu Qi in the 13th c.