Kanshoji literally means : Monastery of the Light of Compassion.
Kan, Kannon : bodhisattva* of compassion
Sho : light
Ji : monastery.
In Buddhism, awakening is synonym for wisdom and compassion. When he awakened, Buddha became the All-Knowing, the Great Compassionate One.
With the practice of meditation, the mind makes itself available to see things as they are. The heart opens to non-separation between Self and other. Other’s happiness becomes my happiness, their suffering becomes my suffering.
Kannon (Kan : to see On : sound) is the one who hears the sounds of the world; he sees and hears human beings’ suffering.
It is through realising our unity with others that the right way to respond to their suffering can emerge.
Sutra of the Four Bodhisattva Vows
Beings are numberless,
I vow to free them.
Passions are endless,
I vow to overcome them.
Dharmas are boundless,
I vow to practice them.
The Buddha Way is perfect,
I vow to realise it.