Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Kannon Bodhisattva is Kuan Yin and Kuan Yin (a.k.a. Guan Yin) is the Isis, Innana, Ishtar, Virgin Mary all over again.
Except in China, where ancestor worship is/was BIG, Guan Yin had real appeal as a household goddess.
Is she even Buddhist?
I doubt it.
I tend to think so.
"They are not, however, regarded as sacred, perfect and complete descriptions of the truth. To view any scripture in this way is a form of idolatry. All books, texts, and bibles, however inspired, are human creations and subject to error and imperfection. Buddhist scriptures are to be used as reflections and pointers. They are being used correctly when they stimulate mindfulness, virtue and insight - when they lead to open and receptive states of mind rather than to unskillful mind states, such as greed, hatred and delusion."
If you are unaware of Buddhist teaching on idolatry, then go find out.
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