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Listening is Love

by Dr. Susan Corso

I know Amy wrote about this gorgeous video last month (Thursday, April 19, 2007), but someone who loves me sent it to me today and I had to add my nickel.

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin is the name of this exquisite record of a brilliant Chinese dance company. It’s a love letter, an homage, a living sculpture to Kwan Yin, the Mother of Mercy. I’ve spent many a day crying at her feet—ever since I learned the meaning of her name, which is . . .


She Who Hears the Cries of the World

I was taken by some of the comments on YouTube about the fact that these gifted dancers are all deaf. To be deaf, and decide to be a dancer! The dancers embody Kwan Yin: her love, her mercy, her compassion, her listening—and they can’t hear.

William Stringfellow, quoted in the Quaker monthly Friends Journal, wrote, “Listening is a primitive act of love.” Hearing not required.

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posted May 23, 2007 at 7:01 pm


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posted May 24, 2007 at 2:48 am

Years ago at a university reunion weekend I made the acquaintance of a a very old, very wise Asian scholar who told me that the greatest form of respect was to pay attention. “Listen”, he said, tapping his index finger on the side of his head. Well, my head was so far up my bum at the time that this lesson was lost on me. (I’d like to think I’ve since started learning) I believe it as at this depth of attention, belief and being that these dancers dance and Kwan Yin embraces us. Maybe Listening is a primitive act of love , and maybe it’s also the most sublime.

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posted May 29, 2007 at 3:54 am

I am struck dumb; the video of these hearing-impaired, fragile, delicate, most beautiful dancers DID bring tears to my eyes. No computer graphics could have recorded what these deaf dancers accomplished; they must have “God’s timing;” an innate ability to move TOGETHER as one unit, appearing to dance to the music – absolutely AWESOME!!!

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