Kannon Day Ceremony
- Vermont & Toronto Zen CentresLocation
- 9:00 AM - 11:00 AMTime
She of the true gaze, she of the pure gaze, gaze of great and encompassing wisdom, gaze of pity, gaze of compassion, ever longed for, ever revered...Her eye of compassion views all sentient beings. Her ocean of blessings is beyond measure. Therefore you should pay homage to her.
On Sunday, January 23, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., we will join the Vermont Zen Center to pay homage to Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. This bodhisattva, so beloved in Mahayana countries, is the embodiment of tender compassion. Through this ceremony, we thank Kannon for her unceasing help.
After a half hour of zazen, we begin a series of rounds of sitting, bowing, chanting, and circumambulating. We chant the Kannon sutra in English and Japanese a total of 108 times, recite the mantra of Kanzeon (“Praise to Kannon bodhisattva”) 108 times, and chant the Lotus Sutra Scripture of Kanzeon Bodhisattva and the Dharani of Avalokitesvara three times each.
By the end of the ceremony, we will have made 108 prostrations. Even if you are unable to do prostrations, you can still participate by making standing or partial bows.
In addition to the bowing, there will be circumambulations, incense offerings, special readings, and a vigorous Rinzai-style chanting of the Kanzeon in Japanese. A few notes about the ceremony:
Why May Attend
Members and their families, as well as friends of the Centre and non-members are all invited. Anyone who wishes to pay homage to Kannon Bodhisattva is most welcome to attend virtually after registering.
Everyone is invited to dedicate the merit of this ceremony to anyone or anywhere they wish. There will be a table for names of those to whom the ceremony is being dedicated. Since the ceremony is via Zoom, you will need to enter the information on this page well ahead of the ceremony so that the cards can be made.
As a concrete expression of compassion, please bring to the ceremony a monetary donation for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
The celebration of Kannon Day affords us a way to express our boundless gratitude to the Bodhisattva of Compassion for her ceaseless, wondrous help. We hope you will join us on this special day.