Friday, July 20, 2012

3 Pure Ones & Kannon

Some ink drawings, done on japanese tanzaku and shikishi, a thick card that is used for calligraphy and small paintings, that is then hung onto a scroll for display. This was a commission for Nyoirin Kannon, and the Three Pure Ones.

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Nyoirin Kannon. Gwanyin takes on many forms. Bodhisattva of compassion, hearing the cries of the world. In China she is most often known as the Goddess of Mercy. And she is most often believed to have originated as Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit. Guanyin is depicted as male or female.

Nyoirin Kannon is a Japanese form of this bodhisattva/deity. She has six hands, and she is always depicted as holding the sacred wheel in one, and a wish-fulfilling gem.
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The Three Pure Ones are a Taoist Trinity, pure manifestation of the Tao. Yuanshi Tianzun saw the creation of the universe. Lingbao Tianzun classified and gave order. And Daode Tianzun brought about civilization.


  1. Hi! Just stopping by to let you know I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ award. :D

  2. Om mani padme hum!

    Beautiful Guanyin. I would love to see some Buddhist-themed watercolor paintings by you.