Q is for Quan Yin: A-to-Z Challenge

qy 6531262-largeQuan Yin is also commonly spelled Kwan Yin, Kuan Yin, or Kannon.  Why so many spellings?  Because the name is a transliteration of the Chinese name!   The name is short for Kuan-shi-yin.

avalo 6264108-largeQuan Yin is the Bodhisattva of compassion.  A Bodhisattva is anyone who vows to return time and again, no matter how enlightened they are, until all the suffering of all the humankind is released.

HE originally was a manifestation of the male deity Avalokiteshvara, a.k.a. Chenrezig, right.  It is said that when Avalokiteshvara saw the suffering of the world, he grew 10,000 arms to hold the afflicted, and shed 21 tears.  Each tear became a different goddess Tara.

DSC03937From the 10th century on Quan Yin has taken on a feminine aspect in the far east, beginning with a white robed version believed to be akin to White Tara.

SHE (really, either way!) is said to answer all pleas for help. S/he is most often depicted on clouds or waves, holding a lotus blossom and/or a vial containing the nectar of immortality.  My first altar statue was the soapstone Quan Yin right, bought 35 years ago in Santa Monica; she is holding the vial containing the nectar of immortality.

W14 2 SKETCH QY SOAPSTONEI also wear her next to my heart on a strand of antique blood red white hearts.  While they last, I have a few Quan Yins available on etsy (shameless plug, as I am going out of business in jewelry, sales continually store wide!)

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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3 Responses to Q is for Quan Yin: A-to-Z Challenge

  1. susanissima says:

    Quan Yin is huge in Taiwan. I’ve always thought of her as kind of a Chinese Virgin of Guadalupe, a compassionate Mother of God. Thanks for teaching me to be more flexible. ❤

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