Symbols {32} ~ Kuan Yin

Greatly revered across different Buddhist traditions, Kuan Yin is an example of the “sacred feminine”. Also known as Kwan Yin and Guan Yin, Kuan Yin first appeared in Chinese scriptures around 400 CE. She is believed to be the female manifestation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Depicted as an ethereally lovely Goddess, Kuan Yin is a symbol of unconditional love, kindness, and mercy. She shields and cares for the sick, the unwanted, the unlucky, and the poor. As one who protects women and children, she is also linked to fertility. Followers turn to her in times of need, fear, or misfortune. With just a glance at her graceful countenance, you too may find her to be a source of calm and comfort.

4 thoughts on “Symbols {32} ~ Kuan Yin”

  1. I’ve always loved the way Guan Yin turn into Kannon,
    and into so many others.
    I’ve also wondered about Mary as being ….

    A bientôt !

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  2. In Japan, Kannon has so many faces…
    All deriving from Avalokiteshvara…
    Avalokita, from the Heart Sutra.

    Gya tei Gya tei hara gya tei
    Hara so gya tei bodi svaha.
    Hannya Shingyo.

    Really, really ,
    There is nothing else to say.
    Yet, I’m still talking.

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