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Kannon Day

Each year in spring we pay our respects to Kannon (also known as Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion) with a ceremony and an opportunity to serve others.

We chant the Ten-Verse Kannon Sutra and Sensei reads the 25th chapter of the Lotus Sutra, a beautiful passage on the powers of compassion.
After the ceremony, write letters for prisoners of conscience, and all offerings from the day are donated to support the human rights work of Amnesty International.

Throughout the year the Centre responds to issues of social justice and social need, particularly those here in Onehunga and in Auckland city. We network with other groups in Auckland and provide help where we can, collecting food for the homeless each winter and collecting donations for emergencies.

My action is my possession,
my action is my inheritance,
my action is the womb which bears me,
my action is my refuge”
   --From the Anguttara Nikaya

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