About this Temple…

The Lotus represents purity amidst impurity, which represents our pure enlightened nature, undefiled by our ignorance (avijja) and troubles (klesa). Because of this nature, all beings can and will eventually attain perfect enlightenment. This is the central teaching of the Lotus Sutra, and of Mahayana Buddhism. The Lotus, fully-bloomed, also symbolizes Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva of great compassion in his esoteric form. The name Avalokitesvara means 观世自在'he who beholds the world with absolute freedom'. The greatness of Avalokitesvara, popularly known as Guan-yin or Chenrezig, lies not only in his power to instantly save all sufferers who call on his name devotedly, but his ability to cause the Lotus in our hearts to bloom, awakening us to the wonderful Dharma.

Although Avalokitesvara is resident in the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha as his right-hand man, immeasurable world systems away to the west, he constantly manifests himself in our Saha world to help and teach the sentient beings here. This is due to a strong karmic connection between him and our Saha world. Since time immemorial, he has brought countless beings that call on him to the shores of the deathless, so much so that he is, and will continue to be the most popular Buddhist deity in the entire world.

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