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Kuan Shih Yin Goddess of Mercy Kuan Shih Yin page

It was believed that when Kuan Shih Yin, Goddess of Mercy ( Sanskrit name is Avalokiteshvara, in Japan known as Senju Kannon) was about to enter nirvana ie. to become a Buddha, there was an outcry in the whole universe.

So in a supreme guesture of compassion( generosity), the bodhisattva vow to continue to be the guardian and savior of all of us.

The meaning of bodhisattva is that one who delays his own deliverance to help the suffering of humanity. This is part of Mahayana (the Great Vehicle) teachings. In Hinayana a future Buddha.

Avalokiteshavara the bodhisattva of compassion is also thought of as the origination of the Amitabha Buddha and a co-resident of the western paradise.

Avalokiteshvara the Sanskrit name has been described as "the lord who looks down" meaning "Avalokiteshvara loving care for humanity from his celestial height".

In the past , Avalokiteshvara was a male. Then from Tibetan Buddhism , he gained a female consort(wife) called the White Tara. Later Chinese Pure Land Buddhists evolved Avalokiteshvara(the Bodhisattva of Compassion) and the White Tara into Sung-tzu Kuan-yin. This came about since the Chinese find it easier to think of Compassion in terms of a loving and Compassionate woman.

Kuan Shih Yin (also True Dharma Light) is believed to manifest her Paranirvana(earthly demise) on China P'u To Mountain. A mountain in Chekiang Province, south of Shanghai. This is to provide us a focal point to express our sincerity. Nonetheless, she can manifested in many forms and anywhere and uses methods in accordance with our own capacities and nature to rescue us and teach us the Dharma. Like a single moon in the sky can appear in countless rivers and lakes. If we are sincere, our mind is clear like the water, the moon will show. However if the water is turbulent or muddy, the image of the moon will be blurred or hidden.

Kuan Shih Yin is known with the name "Regarder of the Cries of the World". This is because in the Surangama Sutra, there is a description of Kuan Shih Yin (Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara) method of Enlightenment, based on the nature of hearing. In the causal stage(before attain Bodhisattva), she visualised on the nature of hearing. In the result stage(after attain Bodhisattva), she visualised on the voices of sentient beings calling upon Her and goes to their rescue. Causal stage is explain as all the stages before a certain level is attained ( Arhatship, Bodhisattvahood, Buddhahood).

 

Avalokiteshvara

Mahayana bodhisattva of compassion, central to Tibetan dharma. Also called Kuan Shih Yin(Kuan-Yin). Usually recognise by the small Buddha adorning Her crown.

Pure Land

"Pure Land is a devotional Buddhism offering an escape from the cycle of rebirth (samsara) and retrogression through faith in a deified Buddha. Mahayanists proposed the existence of infinite worlds, each containing Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The most celebrated of these heavens is the western paradise known as Sukhavati, "happy" or "pure" land. This is the dwelling of the Buddha Amitabha (Unlimited Radiance)."

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