During the two-thousand year history of Buddhism in China, Guanyin has remained as the most famous Buddhist deity. A Chinese saying aptly describes the great popularity of this savior bodhisattva, “Everybody knows how to chant A-mi-tuo-fo, and every household worships Guanyin.” This talk will discuss how and why this came to pass. What are the scriptural bases of the cult, the rituals and practices which promote the belief, and the legends and visual culture which contribute its spread? More intriguingly, why did Guanyin become a “Goddess of Mercy”, a nickname coined by Jesuit missionaries, in late imperial China? The cult of Guanyin can serve as a case study of the mutual interaction between Buddhism and Chinese culture.
What conditions support dialogue? How can we express ourselves openly, honestly and clearly in a way that creates more understanding? How can we hear the essence of what others are saying, even when they speak in ways we find challenging to hear?
We are excited to share that Ajahn Sucitto, one of the senior monks from the Ajahn Chah tradition, will be giving a guided meditation, Dhamma talk, plus Q&A on the themes of self-hatred, self-doubt, and negative thought patterns.
Ajahn Jayasāro is one of the most respected monks in Thailand. After serving as senior teacher and Abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat, The International Forest Monastery, for over a decade, he broadened his educational focus and became the primary spiritual advisor to several Buddhist K-12 schools in Thailand.