This is a film from the Core Kyoto series made by NHK which examines the beliefs, practices and culture surrounding the Goddess of Mercy Kannon in Japan.
Kannon, known as Kuan Yin in China, and Avalokiteshvara in India, is a popular Bodhisattva who is believed to listen to people’s pleas and come to their help whenever she is called upon.
The film describes the history and introduction of Kannon worship, the sutra connected with her cult, and looks at some of the beautiful art works she has inspired in the temples around Kyoto.
We also see the recently revived 33-Kannon statue pilgrimage, visiting some of the most important temples in Kyoto, and hear from some of the leading priests associated with the worship.
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