観自在

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See also: 觀自在 and 观自在

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
かん
Grade: 4

Grade: 2
ざい
Grade: 5
on’yomi

Etymology[edit]

From a mistranslation of Sanskrit अवलोकितेश्वर (Avalokiteśvara‎) in the Heart Sutra, rooted in Middle Chinese.

In the present form, (kan, see, observe, from अवलोकित (avalokita), "beholding") + 自在 (jizai, from ईश्वर (īśvara), "supreme being"). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Compare 観世音 (Kanzeon).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

観自在 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 觀自在, hiragana かんじざい, rōmaji kanjizai, historical hiragana くわんじざい)

  1. (Buddhism) that is able to see everything at will (Can we verify(+) this sense?)

Proper noun[edit]

観自在 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 觀自在, hiragana かんじざい, rōmaji Kanjizai, historical hiragana くわんじざい)

  1. (Buddhism) Short for 観自在菩薩 (Kanjizai Bosatsu, Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN