Our Lady of Compassion

Our Lady of Compassion

This representation of Kuan Yin is cast in Bonded Metal Bas Relief Sculpture with Metalic Wax Finish

Kuan Yin or Quan Yin is one of the most universally beloved deities in the Buddhist and Taoist traditions.  She is also known as, Quan’Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali).  She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. She is a true Enlightened One, or Bodhisattva, who has vowed to remain in the earthly realms and not enter the bliss of Nirvana until all other living things have completed their own enlightenment and become liberated from the pain-filled cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Her name means “she who hears the cries of all beings”.

She is shown here pouring a stream of healing water and compassion on the ocean of suffering, flanked by two dragons, which are ancient symbols for high spirituality, wisdom, strength, and divine powers of transformation.  She has a small image of Amitabha (the Buddha of Boundless Light) in her crown.  It is believed that Kuan Yin expresses Amitabha’s compassion in a more direct and personal way and prayers to her are answered more quickly.  She is also the “giver of children.”

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