Kanzeon is the Japanese name for the Bohdhisattva of compassion, known more commonly as Avalokiteshvara or Kwan Yin. She is usually depicted as having many hands and eyes: the eyes see the suffering of living beings, while the hands work to relieve that suffering. In this video, John examines the imagery used to depict Kanzeon, and the deeper and more subtle meaning that is being conveyed.

Adapted from a kusen given on