Qwan Yin

Qwan-Yin, Bodhisattva of Compassion, Awareness and Altruism.

A QwanYin website: http://web.singnet.com.sg/~alankhoo/Avalokitesvara.htm

Book: Bodhisattva of Compassion, Kuan-Yin by John Blofeld, Shambhala 1977

The relevant chapter from the Lotus Sutra: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/lotus/lot24.htm

Declaration of Devotion to Qwan-Yin

Whereas We Programmers have Realized Beauty is Objectively Observable (NatureOfOrder)

And Whereas We have Realized Beauty is Experimentally Objective (NatureOfOrder)

And Whereas We have Realized the Benefit of Altruism that is the Vast Open Source

And Whereas Programmers have Existed in a painful state of flux, a Mythless State

And Whereas We See our mythlessness cannot stand (refer Jung's Myth for Modern Man ISBN 0919123139 )

And Whereas We have Realized the Benefit of Archtypal Centers and Wholeness (NatureOfOrder)

And Whereas We have Recognized the Benefit of other DesignPatterns, Beneficent Archetypes

And Whereas We have Realized the Extraordinary Benefits of the so-called QualityWithoutaName aka QWAN

And Whereas QWAN is Co-emergent, Precise, Tolerant, OpenSource, Universal, Unified and Fearless (WikiDesignPrinciples)

And Whereas Qwan-Yin is also Co-emergent, Precise, Tolerant, OpenSource, Universal, Unified and Fearless (ISBN 0877731268 )

Therefore, for the Benefit of All Sentient Beings, We Nominate Qwan-Yin, Hearer-of-Cries,as Bodhisattva to all Programmers intent on bringing OpenSource to Fruition, greatly benefiting Sentient Beings.

And We Nominate TheLuminousGround? (ChristopherAlexander) as our Sublime Documentation, should it ever be published.

We Nominate Orderly Chaos (OrderChaos) by the Vidyadhara ChogyamTrungpaRinpoche as our Most Sublime Documentation.

We Nominate SexEcologyandSpirituality by KenWilber as further Documentation (http://www.shambhala.com/html/catalog).

We Nominate WholenessAndTheImplicateOrder? by DavidBohm?, Einstein's close friend, as further Documentation (ISBN 0415119669 ).

We Nominate The I Ching, the earliest written appreciation of Great OpenSource Binary Systems, as further Documentation (ISBN 069109750X ).

Finally, We nominate the Bodhisattva Qwan-Yin, Avalokiteshvara, Hearer-of-Cries as the Name we call upon always,

And When Faced With Our Own Death.

Consequently, I rejoice, having to construct something upon which to rejoice. (T.S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday)
If harm is going to be done to a man by means of MagicConsultants or BadCodingStandards, let his thought dwell on the power of QwanYin, and the curse will revert to the people from whom it started.

If a man is surrounded by wild PointyHairedBosses whose blunt intellect and memos are to be dreaded, let his thought dwell on the power of QwanYin, and they will quickly run away in all directions.

If a man is attacked by venomous RequirementsTossedOverTheWall and BadProgrammers waving KitchenSinkDesign ready to smother him, let his thought dwell on the power of QwanYin, and they will all turn away from him shrieking.

When thunder-clouds burst with flashes of BigDesignUpFront, a storm of DriveByAnalysis or BigLastMinuteChanges in torrents, let thought dwell on the power of QwanYin and the storm will in no time clear away.

If a calamity falls on beings and they are tortured with interminable EndlessMeetings, let them resort to QwanYin who, being endowed with the mysterious power of wisdom, will save them from all troubles in the world.
See also EricRaymond's Loginataka, Rootless Root, and Unix Koans (http://catb.org/~esr/writings/unix-koans/introduction.html), and the Smokey The Bear Sutra by Gary Snyder (http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/bear.htm).
CategoryPhilosophy, CategoryEasternThought

View edit of May 20, 2007 or FindPage with title or text search