Spread of Devotion to the World Savior Avalokitesvara

Devotion to Avalokitesvara and the Jesus message, spread throughout South East Asia

In Japan, the Trinity is most frequently worshiped and depicted in art, but worship of Avalokiteshvara, or Kannon in the local language, prevails. Zen developed from this awareness; Kannon is intrinsically tied to the philosophy.

While the Lord is depicted as female, in China, where Guanyin is ubiquitous—the Chinese lead the way in worship of Abha Father. Sculptures of Amitabha Buddha are present in many cities and parks, however, the bulk of largest statues in the world are of Avalokiteshvara. Among the other Wayist figures revered, or honored, in China are Gautama Buddha and LaoTzi.

Within seventy years after the second coming, by 147CE, China already had devotional centers devoted to the new awareness, and Scriptures translated from Sanskrit. They called the movement Western Pure Land, from the translation of Sukhavati as Land of Pure Bliss. Iesous came from the West. Another name is Amidism (in English), from Skt. Amitabha, which is Amida or Amitofo in Chinese.

It was not long before Daoism adopted their first ever deity, Avalokiteshvara.

The Savior initiated a wave of reform so widespread, those who resisted, such as Theravada and Daoism had to comply with popular demand or face destitution. The Savior of the World filled a gap, provided answers, hope, and inspired souls all over East Asia.

The awareness spread south into India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Japan. In South Oesho coin from Kushan period 1st to 3rd century India, it was believed many saw Avalokitesvara, especially in the western mountains. Several countries claim to host Avalokiteśvara’s “home away from home,” here on Earth. The Chinese, Sri Lankans, and Indians have all staked their claims, and they have the spots to show for it.

Coins were struck by northern Indian kings depicting the Lord as several deities all in one, mostly appearing in a form with attributes of the gods Shiva and Vishnu—as per the Lotus Sutra saying He will appear as such. Statues showing the Lord in positions previously reserved for Lord Brahma also appeared, even in Cambodia and Sri Lanka. For the people of those areas, our Lord embodied the qualities of the deities, and he commanded the gods of Earth.

Tibet, the Dalai Lama, and Avalokiteshvara are synonymous. Iesous was known as Yeshe in his time—still an important name in that culture—it means wisdom. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the Lord’s spirit incarnates in every Dalai Lama. Several nations and movements such as the Catholic Church adopted the same thinking—the spirit of the Lord incarnates or inspires the souls of their leaders.

Annotations to the book Universal Gateway of Enlightenment: The second coming of Jesus as Lord of the World in c. 78AD, by author Jean du Plessis


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