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Maria-Kannon Zen Center: Conflation of Two Icons as the Emblematic Statement of Religious Perennialism

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Title: Maria-Kannon Zen Center: Conflation of Two Icons as the Emblematic Statement of Religious Perennialism
Author: Huh, Jennifer
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Religion
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: There have been many historical attempts to conflate two distinct, yet similar icons from two different religious traditions, Buddhism and Christianity: Guan Yin and Virgin Mary. Despite their fundamental differences in doctrinal, cosmological, and theological features, many people have found that there is a deep affinity between Guan Yin and Virgin Mary in terms of their spiritual significance and iconographical features; both of them have been conceived as a distinctively feminine divine figure who assumes a mother-like representation and whose presence as a compassionate and accessible patroness looms large in peoples’ spiritual lives. The figurine of Maria-Kannon, which is a representation of Virgin Mary in guise of Guan Yin, is one example that attests to the perceived affinity between the two. Particularly, this figurine has been reexamined and reinvigorated in a modern context; the image of Maria-Kannon was adopted as a powerful imagery for interfaith dialogue at the Maria Kannon Zen Center (from now on, abbreviated as MKZC), located in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1995 by Ruben Habito, who was a former Jesuit priest and a currently ordained Buddhist practitioner, the MKZC serves as a place to offer Zen meditative practices to the practitioners from different religious traditions.
Subject: Maria-Kannon Zen Center (Dallas, Texas)
Subject: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Buddhist interpretations
Subject: Zen Buddhism -- United States
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3812

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Huh, Jennifer. "Maria-Kannon Zen Center: Conflation of Two Icons as the Emblematic Statement of Religious Perennialism". 2009. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3812.

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