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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.

The Sunday sitting begins at the usual time (8:30), followed by the ceremony, which includes the ceremonial chanting of the Ten-Verse Kannon Sutra 108 times. We do prostrations for part of the chanting, and there is also an opportunity to make a pledge of a monetary donation at the altar if you wish. All offerings from the day are donated to support the human rights work of Amnesty International. In addition, Sensei gives a short talk about Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and reads the 25th Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, a beautiful passage on the powers of compassion. 

After the ceremony we usually gather for morning tea and letter writing: we write letters for prisoners of conscience around the world. Bring a laptop or phone if you would prefer to send emails rather than write letter. And if you have a Kannon figure at home, you are welcome to bring it for the altar.

In addition to Kannon Day, 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


Amala Wrightson,
5 Sept 2019, 16:21
Amala Wrightson,
5 Sept 2019, 16:20