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Guanyin by Helen in Wales
Guanyin, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

52/52 for the group T189ers weekly alphabet challenge

This week's theme: Z is for Zen

Zen is not an easy thing to photograph, so I took my statuette of Gyanyin out for a morning walk, looking for a suitable peaceful place for her to meditate in.

Guanyin is a very popular bodhisattva in East Asia and her name is variously spelled Guanyin, Kuan Yin, Gwan-eum and (in Japan) Kannon. She is important to Zen Buddhists, so I hope she counts for this week's topic. :)

What I hadn't realised, until I looked up Guanyin just now, was that Cannon cameras are named after Guanyin/Kannon.

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pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: December 26th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
A camera named after the goddess of mercy? oddly appropriate!

Gorgeous shot, as well.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 27th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. The weather really wasn't very good but I wanted to photograph her in a natural setting rather than in the house.
halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: December 26th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely beautiful picture.

Guanyin interests me very much. I'm looking for my own statue of her, I feel she would be a calming presence in my home.

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 27th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I'm glad you liked the photo.

It shouldn't be too difficult to find a nice Guanyin statue. I bought mine mail order.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: December 26th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful shot. And I'm looking at my Canons with new respect now. *g*
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 27th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It just so happens that both my cameras are Canons. So that was Kannon photographed with a camera named after her. :)
brooksmoses From: brooksmoses Date: December 27th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That is a gorgeous picture, too.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 27th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. The weather wasn't very good, but at least it wasn't raining and, strangely, the colours, especially the greens, look more saturated in that sort of light.
buymeaclue From: buymeaclue Date: December 27th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous picture. Very atmospheric and peaceful.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 27th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. The weather really wasn't very good but I wanted to photograph her in a natural setting rather than in the house.
dendrophilous From: dendrophilous Date: December 27th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
That is a nice setting for her.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 27th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. The weather really wasn't very good but I wanted to photograph her in a natural setting rather than in the house.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: December 27th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have several images of Kwan Shi Yin (as I know Her.) My favourite is a beautiful white porcelain statue of Her as Kwannon. It's C1900 & absolutely lovely.

I have one exactly the same as the one in your picture. And yes, a perfect setting. Very serene.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 27th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. The weather really wasn't very good but I wanted to photograph her in a natural setting rather than in the house.

Fancy you having the same one! I bought my statuette mail order from an advert in a Buddhist magazine. I bet your old statue is more beautiful though. Porcelain is so delicate.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: December 28th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Mine (the one like yours) was a gift - years ago. I have no idea where it came from. The other one I found in an antique shop over twenty years ago. It cost more than I could afford & I paid for it in instalments. The man in the shop let me wrap it in silk & have a look each week until I'd paid for it!

kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: December 28th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting about the Cannon cameras!
Beautiful photo!
We have a nice Kuan Yin at our local Zen Center, I should take a photo, you have inspired me :)

Edited at 2012-12-28 04:45 am (UTC)
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