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Who is Avalokiteśvara?

by Eddy Hsu 9월 05, 2023

Who is Avalokiteśvara?

Avalokiteśvara, also spelled Avalokiteśvara or Avalokitesvara, is a prominent figure in Buddhism, particularly in Mahayana Buddhism. Avalokiteśvara is often referred to as the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and the name itself can be translated as "the one who looks down upon the world with compassion." This bodhisattva embodies the compassionate and altruistic qualities that are highly valued in Mahayana Buddhism.

Avalokiteśvara is typically depicted as a bodhisattva with multiple arms and heads, symbolizing his ability to reach out and help countless beings simultaneously. In some representations, Avalokiteśvara is shown with a thousand arms and eyes to symbolize his all-seeing compassion and his capacity to hear and respond to the cries of those in need throughout the world.

Avalokiteśvara plays a central role in many Buddhist scriptures and texts, including the Lotus Sutra, where he is portrayed as a key figure who guides and supports practitioners on the path to enlightenment. Devotion to Avalokiteśvara is widespread in many Asian countries, and he is known by different names in various cultures, such as Guanyin in Chinese Buddhism and Kannon in Japanese Buddhism.

The concept of Avalokiteśvara and the practice of invoking his compassionate presence are deeply rooted in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and have had a significant influence on Buddhist art, rituals, and devotion throughout history.



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