Kannon

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English[edit]

Kannon, the bodhisattva of mercy and compassion.

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 観音 (Kannon かんのん or Kan'on かんおん), from Middle Chinese 觀音 (kwan-ʔim) (compare Mandarin Guānyīn 观音), an abbreviation of 觀世音 (kwan-ʃjèj-ʔim "Observer of the world's cries") (compare Mandarin Guān-shì-yīn 观世音), from ("observe") + ("world") + ("sounds", "cries"), a translation of Sanskrit अवलोकितेश्वर (Avalokiteśvara).

Proper noun[edit]

Kannon

  1. (religion, Buddhism) Kannon, the Japanese version of Guanyin, the Chinese translation of Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of mercy and compassion.

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Romanization[edit]

Kannon

  1. rōmaji reading of かんのん