|Avalokiteshvara as Kwan Yin the Bodhisattva of Compassion (vaniaragageles/flickr.com)|
|Kwan Yin (nee Avalokiteshvara), the Buddhist Goddess of Compassion (Vinayakh/flickr.com)|
|Kwan Yin overtak|
|Avalokiteshvara, Deva of Compassion (Adrian Evans)|
- Kwan: observe.
- Shih: the world/realm of sufferers.
- Yin: all the sounds of the world, in particular, the crying sounds of beings, verbal or mental, seeking help and succor.
|The 31 (not 6) Planes of Existence in 3 spheres|
|Former Pope John Paul II greets Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India as they meet in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Corporation. She will be made a "saint" on Sept. 4, 2016. Current Pope Francis set the canonization date on March 15, 2016, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor in India to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church's "merciful" PR image (L'Osservatore Romano/file/pool photo via AP).|
|Good Mother Mary, Divine Feminine (ZF)|
- Mahayana Buddhism is a kind of "universalism" or catholicism in Asia. It takes much from popular-Hinduism because early Chinese Buddhists who wished to find out more about the Buddhism that arrived in China sent missionaries to India, which by then had been retaken over by Brahmanism and the old Vedic religion that preceded the Buddha. This is in spite of the fact that the Buddha rejected or corrected many Vedic beliefs and doctrines that later became the basis of Hinduism, which only came into existence much later when Sri Sankhara created it by systematizing disparate views and schools influenced by the Vedas and Buddhism. But Sri Sankhara ejected Buddhism as a foreign influence, who was not from India or South Asia but from the frontier dividing East and West, Scythia (Afghanistan) in Central Asia. Hindus then placed the Buddha in the Indian Pantheon ignoring more of what he taught.
|Kwan Yin is much more comely and pleasing than beautiful Avalokiteshvara.|
|The deva Avalokiteśvara (wiki)|
|Bigger than life devotion: Devi Kwan Yin/Guanyin/Avalokiteshvara/Virg Yin Mary, Mother Goddess, Bodhisattva ("Buddha-to-be") of Compassion (billcoo/flickr.com)|
|Goddesses: Taras, Dharanis, Devis|
Likely because of Kwan Yin's great compassion, a quality which is traditionally labelled feminine, most of the bodhisattva's statues in China since the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) have appeared as female figures. In India and elsewhere, however, the bodhisattva is generally represented as a male figure.
|Om mani padme hum (Tashi Mannox/tibetanlife)|
|Kwan Yin, Theravada Buddhist Thailand, Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui (sandrobisaro.com)|
|Hindu deity or Kwan Yin?|
The 1,000 eyes allow the deva/bodhisattva to see the suffering of sentient beings, and the 1000 hands that allow her to reach out to help them.
|Sacred Mt. Putuo, China|
The male form holds two hands in the anjali mudra, or praying gesture, while the other two hands hold two symbols, the crystal rosary and the lotus flower (which symbolizes wisdom and insight).
|Me, too? Could I be Kwan Yin?|
We may say that we lack 1,000 eyes or arms or skillful means. But it is our compassion (karuna) that can transforms us into an Avalokita, Avalokiteshvara, or Kwan Yin.
With our very own eyes and hands, which are much more precious than we usually imagine, we can help others. With our compassion, we have the power to bring peace and tranquility to this and other worlds. More