Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Heart Sutra
The Heart Sutra is a distillation of the Buddha's Teaching. It's Buddhism in a nutshell. It's the essence of the Buddha-Dharma.
The Heart Sutra is the teaching of Great Wisdom. It's taught by Compassion.
Manjushri is the Bodhisattva that represents Wisdom. Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Manjushri didn't teach the Heart Sutra. Avalokiteshvara taught the Heart Sutra.
That Compassion teaches Wisdom is a great teaching in and of itself.
In India, in Sanskrit, Avalokiteshvara means "Regarder of the Cries of the World."
In China Avalokiteshvara became known as Kuan Shih Yin or Quan Yin, "She Who Observes the Cries of the World."
Avalokiteshvara is male.
Kuan Shih Yin is female.
Compassion is without gender.
One understands compassion by listening, by observing.