Compassion!

Avalokiteshvara/Kannon/Guiyan

Avalokiteshvara/Kannon/Guanyin, the god/goddess of love/compassion, reaching out to humanity with all of her busy hands, to help all. Her statue was in the Zen Mountain Monastery kitchen, where she was most needed!

1 Corinthians 13*

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I am nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. . . .

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

*(New International Version (NIV) — not as pretty as the King James Version, but easier to understand.)

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