Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I thank you my beloved Goddess for all of your love and compassion this year. I understand your BODHISATTVA ways and I honor your dedication to humanity. May I always be in alignment with your heart and your Buddha nature~~~~
And so it is!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I will be sending out a new revised invite...but just to put it out there for now...the new date is September 26th @12 noon. The venue is American Institute if Natural Healing in Rivertown! Thank you for making this change to your calendar!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
SOFT MOON SHINING
My beloved Divine Mother
Dance with me
under the soft moon shining
in the wide open fields
far beyond the toil and trouble
of my busy mind
Dance with me
before the night grows old
while the winds of love
still bow the grasses
and the coyotes howl for you
to step their way
Dance with me my beloved
while the Mystery's Edge
still flirts in the shadow
of your radiant light
Monday, June 28, 2010
Kwan Yin: Goddess of Mercy
Kuan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists as the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Commonly known in the West as the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin is also revered by Chinese Taoists as an Immortal. The name Kuan Yin is short for Kuan Shih Yin which means "Observing the Sounds of the World".
In Japanese, Kuan Yin is called Kannon or more formally Kanzeon ; the spelling Kwannon, based on a pre-modern pronunciation, is sometimes seen. In Korean, this incarnation of Buddha is called Gwan-eum or Gwanse-eum.
Kuan Yin is the Chinese name for the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. However, folk traditions in China and other East Asian countries have added many distinctive characteristics and legends. Avalokitesvara was originally depicted as Buddha when he was still a prince, and therefore wears chest-revealing clothing and may even sport a moustache. However, in China, Kuan Yin is usually depicted as a woman.
In China, Kuan Yin is usually shown in a white flowing robe, and usually wearing necklaces of Indian/Chinese royalty. In the right hand is a water jar containing pure water, and in the left, a willow branch. The crown usually depicts the image of Amitabha Buddha, Kuan Yin's spiritual teacher before she became a Bodhisattva.
She is flanked by her two acolytes, who appeared to her when meditating at Mount Putuo, Long N� and Shan Tsai.
Quan Yin, Qwan Yin, Kwan Yin, Kuan Yin, Gwan Yin, Kwannon
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
QUAN YIN, teach me of clear pure intent, to embrace my power to choose, and to illuminate my star potential.
QUAN YIN, empower me to manifest my intent through awareness of my thoughts and actions.
QUAN YIN, pour your nectar of compassion and wisdom over me to make me a vessel of strength for others experiencing life's challenges.
QUAN YIN, give me the courage to create balance in my life by showing compassion for myself first, with ego less discernment.
QUAN YIN, gift me with a mirror of confidence and humility which I may hold up for others in support of their choices.
QUAN YIN, grant me the patience to comprehend the messages and lessons from my past, that I may invest time and energy into creating forgiveness. Teach me how to transform all lessons into wisdom, knowledge, and gratitude.
QUAN YIN, bless me daily with a barometer of unconditional love and joy. Help me acknowledge that I am successful at being in my integrity as I walk life's path with peace in my heart.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Hotei. Male. The god of contentment and happiness, Hotei has a cheerful face and a big belly. He is supposedly based on an actual person, and is widely recognized outside of Japan. He carries a large cloth bag over his back, one that never empties, for he uses it to feed the poor and needy. Indeed, the Japanese spelling of "Ho Tei" literally means "cloth bag." He also holds a Chinese fan called an oogi (said to be a "wish giving" fan -- in the distant past, this type of fan was used by the aristocracy to indicate to vassals that their requests would be granted). Hotei is most likely based on the itinerant 10th-century Chinese Buddhist monk and hermit Budaishi (d. 917), who is said to be an incarnation of Miroku Bodhisattva (Maitreya in Sanskrit).
Hotei is sometimes shown surrounded by a group of small children, romping and squealing in delight around his rotund shape. For many more details on Hotei, click here for story by Jennifer Polden.
In recent times, Hotei is also referred to as the patron saint of restaurateurs and bartenders. When one over eats and over drinks, one may sometimes jokingly attribute it to Hotei's influence.
Small human children near his feet
Daikoku at left, Ebisu in middle, Hotei at right; Meiji Period Bizen Ceramic