Guanyin World peace & Harmony Puja

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

I wanted to post this yesterday but my office internet down and one of my home LCD Monitor also not working. Too bad.

In conjunction with the celebration of the Malaysia 50th Anniversary of Independence, organised this Guanyin World Peace & Harmony Puja and Guanyin Exhibition at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur from 30/07/2007 - 01/08/2007.
This morning around noon, I went there to have a look at the exhibition since today is the last as I do not want to miss the opportunity to attend this Buddhist Event. Today is an auspicious day as it is Guanyin Dan.

From Wikipedia, the description of Guanyin as follows:

Guan Yin (Simplified Chinese: 观音; Traditional Chinese: 觀音; Pinyin: Guānyīn) is the bodhisattva of compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. She is also known as the Chinese Bodhisattva of Compassion.

In Japanese, Guanyin is pronounced Kannon (観音) or more formally Kanzeon (観世音); 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, In Thai, the name is called Kuan Eim (กวนอิม) or Prah Mae Kuan Eim (พระแม่กวนอิม),and in Vietnamese, the name is Quan Âm or Quan Thế Âm Bồ Tát.

It is generally accepted that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara (अवलोकितेश्वर), which is her male form. Another version suggests she originated from the Taoist Immortal "Ci Hang Zhen Ren" (慈航真人). Commonly known in the West as the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin is also revered by Chinese Taoists as an Immortal. The name Guanyin, also spelt Kuan Yin, is short for Kuan-shih Yin (Py.: Guānshì Yīn, 觀世音) which means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World".

At the Guanyin exhibition, you got the chance to view statutes and paintings of Guanyin in many forms , mandala and heart sutra calligraphy. There was also a daily Film showing "The Legend of Bodhisattva" or "Guanyin Theatre" I wanted to watch the movie but it was shown on the giant screen at the stadium and the picture is not clear especially during the day so I gave it a miss. There were also daily Dharma Talk by various Venerable Masters.

Below are some of the paintings of Guanyin.

And the Guanyin in different forms.
There are also many stalls selling vegetarian foods . I bought some back for lunch.

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