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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).
Long or more formal Japanese version of this title
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.
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.
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.
南無妙法蓮華經 is sometimes translated as the "Devotion to the Law of the Lotus Flower Scripture".
This is a meditation chant and homage to the Lotus Sutra, used by Nichiren Buddhists in Japan.
This is also a chant used in China by certain sects of Buddhism that celebrate the deity Guanyin.
Also romanized as "Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō" or without accents as "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo".
The last character was originally written as seen on the left. Sometimes, you will see it written in the Japanese variant form as shown on the right. If you want this Japanese variant, click on the "Modern Japanese Variant" text instead of the button up by the main title of this entry.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Namo Guanyin Pusa||南無觀音菩薩|
|namu kannon bosatsu|
|nán wú guàn yīn pú sà|
nan2 wu2 guan4 yin1 pu2 sa4
nan wu guan yin pu sa
|nan wu kuan yin p`u sa
nan wu kuan yin pu sa
|Goddess of Compassion||観音||kan non / kannon||guān yīn / guan1 yin1 / guan yin / guanyin||kuan yin / kuanyin|
|Goddess of Compassion||観世音||kan ze on / kanzeon||guān shì yīn|
guan1 shi4 yin1
guan shi yin
|kuan shih yin
|Goddess of Mercy and Compassion||觀音 / 観音|
|kan non / kannon||guān yīn / guan1 yin1 / guan yin / guanyin||kuan yin / kuanyin|
|Guan Shi Yin: Protector Of Life||觀世音|
|kanzeon||guān shì yīn|
guan1 shi4 yin1
guan shi yin
|kuan shih yin
|Namo Guanshiyin Pusa||南無觀世音菩薩|
|namu kanzeon bosatsu|
|nán wú guān shì yīn pú sà|
nan2 wu2 guan1 shi4 yin1 pu2 sa4
nan wu guan shi yin pu sa
|nan wu kuan shih yin p`u sa
nan wu kuan shih yin pu sa
|Namu Myoho Renge Kyo|
Homage to Lotus Sutra
|南無妙法蓮華經 / 南無妙法蓮華経|
|na mu myou hou ren ge kyou|
na mu myo ho ren ge kyo
|nán wú miào fǎ lián huá jīng|
nan2 wu2 miao4 fa3 lian2 hua2 jing1
nan wu miao fa lian hua jing
|nan wu miao fa lien hua ching
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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