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Kannon bosatsu (Skt. Avalokiteshvara, Ch. Kuan-yin)
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Kannon is the bodhisattva of great compassion, mercy and love who is widely revered thoughout the Buddhist world. Kannon is one of Amida Buddha's attendents who stands to the left. According to the Meditation Sutra (Kuan wu-liang-shou ching), this bodhisattva together with Mahasthamaprapta, accompanies Amida Buddha and welcomes people who recite the name of the Buddha at the time of their deaths. Popular worship of Avalokiteshvara began in India and was widespread in both China and Japan. Originally, in male form as Avalokiteshvara, Kannon is commonly portrayed as female in China, Japan and the rest of East Asia.