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Guanyin the Bodhisattva of Compassion


Guanyin—she is the Bodhisattva of Great Mercy, who hears the cries of the world. Ancient Sanskrit called her Avalokitesvara, the embodied compassion of all buddhas. Some myths say she has one thousand hands and eyes. Others whisper she was the mother of the Buddha. Yet, her true nature goes beyond her many names and faces. She is part of the very fabric of the universe itself.

—John Tarrant Roshi

Audio October 25, 2023

The Smell of Fresh Toast & the Enchantment of the World

John Tarrant

“What is this?” asked the eccentric Zen teacher Budai, holding up odd objects to a crowd. The universe is an intimate net, its jeweled facets contain everything, including the smell of fresh toast. All living beings must turn toward the ultimate. This is deeper than any sorrow, horror, disgrace. The strangeness and beauty of now, of life, is beyond explanation. And this moment has always been here.

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