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Goddess of Compassion

China guān yīn
Japan kan non
Goddess of Compassion Vertical Wall Scroll

観音 is the specifically Japanese version of Bodhisattva of Compassion or Guan Yin.

In Japanese, this is pronounced Kannon, and occasionally spelled Kwannon. The Chinese version is a bit more commonly-seen in Asia. However, in Japanese, there is a slight variation with the first character.

Some time ago, a camera company in Japan named their company after this Buddhist deity. That camera company is still known as Canon (they chose a "C" instead of a "K" when they Romanized this name).

Goddess of Mercy and Compassion

China guān yīn
HK kwun yum
Japan kan non
Goddess of Mercy and Compassion Vertical Wall Scroll

觀音 / 観音 is the Buddhist deity known as the Goddess of Mercy or Bodhisattva of Compassion.

In Chinese, the proper name of this being is Guan Yin. There is some debate as to whether Guan Yin is female. The argument comes from some scripture that suggests Buddhist deities take on the male form. Others say that Guan Yin has no sex. And still others are okay with the female representation of Guan Yin.

This bodhisattva is also known or Romanized in the following ways:
Mandarin Chinese: Guan Yin, Kuan Yin, Kwan Yin.
Japanese: Kannon, Kwannon.
Sanskrit: Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Korean: Gwan-eum.
Vietnamese: Quan Âm.
Thai: Kuan Eim.
English: Bodhisattva of Mercy and Salvation, Goddess of Compassion, Buddha of Mercy, et al.

Note: The first character has a slight variation in Japanese. If your audience is specifically Japanese, you may want to select that version.


See Also:  Buddhism | Goddess | Namo Amitabha | Bodhisattva

Goddess of Compassion

Long or more formal Japanese version of this title
China guān shì yīn
Japan kan ze on
Goddess of Compassion Vertical Wall Scroll

観世音 is the longer and more formal Japanese version of Bodhisattva of Compassion or Guan Yin.

In Japanese, this is pronounced Kanzeon. The Chinese version is a bit more common in Asia but in Japanese they use a slight variation of the first character. Choose this version only if your intended audience is specifically Japanese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

観音

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Japanese mine / みね    mion / みおん    kannon / かんのん    kannou / kanno / かんのう    kanne / かんね    kanna / かんな    kanon / かんおん
Goddess of Compassion Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion; (female given name) Mine; (female given name) Mion; (place-name) Kannon; (place-name) Kannou; (female given name) Kanne; (female given name) Kanna; (surname) Kan'on; (female given name) Kanon

観世音

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Japanese kanzenon / かんぜのん    kanzeon / かんぜおん
Goddess of Compassion Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion; (place-name) Kanzenon; (place-name) Kanzeon

觀世音


观世音

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Mandarin guān shì yīn / guan1 shi4 yin1
Taiwan kuan shih yin
Japanese Kanzeon / かんぜおん
Chinese Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Goddess of Mercy (Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion
Regarder of the world's sounds, or cries, the so-called Goddess of Mercy; also known as 觀音; 觀世音善薩; 觀自在 (觀世自在); 觀尹; 光世音 (the last being the older form). Avalokiteśvara, v. 阿 8. Originally represented as a male, the images are now generally those of a female figure. The meaning of the term is in doubt; it is intp. as above, but the term 觀自在 (觀世自在) accords with the idea of Sovereign Regarder and is not associated with sounds or cries. Guanyin is one of the triad of Amida, is represented on his left, and is also represented as crowned with Amida; but there are as many as thirty-three different forms of Guanyin, sometimes with a bird, a vase, a willow wand, a pearl, a 'thousand' eyes and hands, etc., and, when as bestower of children, carrying a child. The island of Putuo (Potala) is the chief centre of Guanyin worship, where she is the protector of all in distress, especially of those who go to sea. There are many sūtras, etc., devoted to the cult, but its provenance and the date of its introduction to China are still in doubt. Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sūtra is devoted to Guanyin, and is the principal scripture of the cult; its date is uncertain. Guanyin is sometimes confounded with Amitābha and Maitreya. She is said to be the daughter of king Śubhavyūha 妙莊王, who had her killed by 'stifling because the sword of the executioner broke without hurting her. Her spirit went to hell; but hell changed into paradise. Yama sent her back to life to save his hell, when she was miraculously transported on a Lotus flower to the island of Poo-too'. Eitel.

觀音


观音

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Mandarin guān yīn / guan1 yin1
Taiwan kuan yin
Japanese kanon / かんおん
Chinese Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Goddess of Mercy (Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion; (personal name) Kan'on
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

七觀音


七观音

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Mandarin qī guān yīn / qi1 guan1 yin1
Taiwan ch`i kuan yin / chi kuan yin
Japanese Shichi Kannon
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

普門品


普门品

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Mandarin pǔ mén pǐn / pu3 men2 pin3
Taiwan p`u men p`in / pu men pin
Japanese fumonbon / ふもんぼん
Japanese (abbreviation) (abbr. of 観世音菩薩普門品) Avalokitesvara Sutra; Kannon Sutra
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

聖觀音


圣观音

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Mandarin shèng guān yīn / sheng4 guan1 yin1
Taiwan sheng kuan yin
Japanese Shō Kannon
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

観自在

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Japanese kanjizai / かんじざい Japanese (Buddhist term) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion

観音堂

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Japanese kannondou / kannondo / かんのんどう Japanese temple dedicated to Kannon; (place-name) Kannondou; (surname) Kan'ondou

観音様

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Japanese kannonsama / かんのんさま Japanese (1) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion; (2) (slang) clitoris

観音経

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Japanese kannongyou / kannongyo / かんのんぎょう Japanese Avalokitesvara Sutra; Kannon Sutra

觀自在


观自在

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Mandarin guān zì zài / guan1 zi4 zai4
Taiwan kuan tzu tsai
Japanese Kanjizai / かんじざい
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (Buddhist term) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

觀音様

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Japanese kannonsama / かんのんさま Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion; (2) (slang) clitoris

觀音觀


观音观

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Mandarin guān yīn guān / guan1 yin1 guan1
Taiwan kuan yin kuan
Japanese Kannon kan
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

觀音院


观音院

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Mandarin guān yīn yuàn / guan1 yin1 yuan4
Taiwan kuan yin yüan
Japanese Kannon in
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

一如觀音


一如观音

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Mandarin yī rú guān yīn / yi1 ru2 guan1 yin1
Taiwan i ju kuan yin
Japanese Ichinyo Kannon
One of the 33 representations of Guanyin ascending on the clouds; Avalokitêśvara as thusness

一葉觀音


一叶观音

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Mandarin yī yè guān yīn / yi1 ye4 guan1 yin1
Taiwan i yeh kuan yin
Japanese Ichiyō Kannon
One of the 33 forms of Guanyin, standing on a lotus leaf; one leaf Avalokitêśvara

八大觀音


八大观音

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Mandarin bā dà guān yīn / ba1 da4 guan1 yin1
Taiwan pa ta kuan yin
Japanese Hachi Dai Kannon
The eight Shingon representations of Guanyin: as one of the above 八大明王, as the white-robed one, as a rākṣasī, as with four faces, as with a horse's head, as Mahāsthāmaprāpta 大勢至, and as Tārā 陀羅; eight great Avalokitêśvaras

千手観音

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Japanese senjukannon / せんじゅかんのん Japanese thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara; thousand-armed Kannon; (place-name) Senjukannon

千手觀音


千手观音

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Mandarin qiān shǒu guān yīn / qian1 shou3 guan1 yin1
Taiwan ch`ien shou kuan yin / chien shou kuan yin
Japanese Senshu Kannon / せんじゅかんのん
Japanese (out-dated kanji) thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara; thousand-armed Kannon
Sahasrabhuja-sahasranetra. One of the six forms of Kuanyin with a thousand arms and a thousand eyes; Thousand Handed Avalokitêśvara

大悲觀音


大悲观音

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Mandarin dà bēi guān yīn / da4 bei1 guan1 yin1
Taiwan ta pei kuan yin
Japanese Daihi Kannon
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

救苦觀音


救苦观音

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Mandarin jiù kǔ guān yīn / jiu4 ku3 guan1 yin1
Taiwan chiu k`u kuan yin / chiu ku kuan yin
Japanese kuku Kannon
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

楊柳觀音


杨柳观音

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Mandarin yáng liǔ guān yīn / yang2 liu3 guan1 yin1
Taiwan yang liu kuan yin
Japanese Yōryū Kannon
Guanyin with the willow-branch; Avalokitêśvara with the willow branch

水月觀音


水月观音

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Mandarin shuǐ yuè guān yīn / shui3 yue4 guan1 yin1
Taiwan shui yüeh kuan yin
Japanese Suigetsu kannon
Guanyin gazing at the moon in the water, i. e. the unreality of all phenomena; Avalokitêśvara gazing at the moon in the water

白處觀音


白处观音

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Mandarin bái chù guān yīn / bai2 chu4 guan1 yin1
Taiwan pai ch`u kuan yin / pai chu kuan yin
Japanese Byakusho Kannon
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

白衣觀音


白衣观音

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Mandarin bái yī guān yīn / bai2 yi1 guan1 yin1
Taiwan pai i kuan yin
Japanese Byakue Kannon
(or 白處觀音) ; 白衣大士; 半拏囉嚩悉寧 Pāṇḍaravāsinī, the white-robed form of Guanyin on a white lotus; Pāṇḍaravāsinī-Avalokitêśvara

葉衣觀音


叶衣观音

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Mandarin yè yī guān yīn / ye4 yi1 guan1 yin1
Taiwan yeh i kuan yin
Japanese Shōe Kannon
A form of Guanyin clad in leaves to represent the 84,000 merits; leaf-clad Avalokitêśvara

蛤唎觀音


蛤唎观音

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Mandarin há lì guān yīn / ha2 li4 guan1 yin1
Taiwan ha li kuan yin
Japanese Kōri Kannon
One of the thirty-three forms of Guanyin, seated on a shell; Avalokitêśvara seated on a shell

観音さま

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Japanese kannonsama / かんのんさま Japanese (1) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion; (2) (slang) clitoris

観音菩薩

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Japanese kannonbosatsu / かんのんぼさつ Japanese Kannon (Bodhisattva); Kwannon; Goddess of Mercy; Bodhisattva of Compassion; Guan Yin; Kuan Yin

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Goddess of Compassion観音kan non / kannonguān yīn / guan1 yin1 / guan yin / guanyinkuan yin / kuanyin
Goddess of Mercy and Compassion觀音 / 観音
观音
kan non / kannonguān yīn / guan1 yin1 / guan yin / guanyinkuan yin / kuanyin
Goddess of Compassion観世音kan ze on / kanzeonguān shì yīn
guan1 shi4 yin1
guan shi yin
guanshiyin
kuan shih yin
kuanshihyin
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