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The following is an excerpt from this issue:

The symbolic meaning of the female Bodhisattva, Kuan Yin, who evolved as the Chinese Buddhist form of the male Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, manifests as two interrelated qualities.

One meaning is about how we reflect on the sounds of the world. When we face the world, we cannot help but hear the sounds of the world, the cries of suffering and joy.

Another meaning becomes evident when we face ourselves, and delve deeper into our own true nature.

When we face ourselves, it is a deepening process, one which becomes the source of that special being facing towards the world. If we are not clear and in touch with ourselves, there is no quality arising from within ourselves which can enable us to fully appreciate this aspect of reflecting on the sounds of the world… (Continued on page 1.)

Jikishoan Tokozan