“Namo Avalokiteshvara”, a Buddhist chant of compassion – PLUM VILLAGE

The Plum Village Monastery (Vietnamese: Làng Mai; French: Village des pruniers) is a Buddhist monastery of the Plum Village Tradition in the Dordogne, southern France. It was founded by two Vietnamese monastics, Thích Nhất Hạnh (a Zen master and Buddhist monk) and Chân Không (a Buddhist nun), in 1982.

In Buddhism, Avalokiteśvara (Sanskrit: अवलोकितेश्वर, IPA: /ˌʌvəloʊkɪˈteɪʃvərə/) is a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. He is also known as Avalokitasvara. He has 108 avatars, one notable avatar being Padmapāṇi, the one who holds the lotus. He is variably depicted, described and portrayed in different cultures as either male or female. In Tibet, he is known as Chenrézik. In East Asia, he is commonly known as Guānshìyīn or Guānyīn.

In this short teaching video from the Plum Village Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to one of the most loved Plum Village chants, Namo Avalokiteshvara, followed by the chant itself.