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The Japanese form of the name of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Within Japanese Buddhism (see Japan), the historical Prince Shōtoku (572–621) has often been regarded as a manifestation of Kannon, and a vision of the Bodhisattva also figured prominently in the biography of Shinran (1173–1262), founder of the Jōdo Shinshū. See also Kuan-yin; Kwannon.

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