October 11, 2009

Kanzeon-Bosatsu (the goddess of mercy) statues in the garden of Engaku-ji Temple

One hundred Kanzeon-Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara) stone statues are enshrined in the front garden of Hojyo (the main hall) of Engaku-ji temple. Kanzeon-Bosatsu is the goddess of mercy in Buddhism and appears basically as Sho-kanzeon (aarya avalokitezvara) Bosatsu.

In order to save all living beings equally, Kanzeon-Bosatsu takes a wide variety of metamorphosed forms in accordance with the natures of the living beings to be saved by her infinite mercy.

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