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ΔημοσίευσηΘέμα: Divine Goddess Kwan Yin   12.06.10 14:02

Divine Goddess Kwan Yin



During intense spiritual meditation and reflection, it is possible to see the gods and goddesses. They are real beings and many of them interact with us each day. Visions of the divine are rare and sacred privileges that bless our lives and lift the spirit to new heights. This one-of-a-kind painting is a rare spiritual masterpiece. A Chinese master painter created this image during a vision. We are honored to be able to provide it to one lucky owner.

Legends of the Mahayana School of Buddhism recount that Kwan Yin was 'born' from a ray of white light which The Amitabha Buddha emitted from his right eye while he was deep in spiritual ecstasy.

Kwan Yin is regarded as an emanation of The Amitabha Buddha and as anembodiment of compassion, the quality which Amitabha himself embodies in the highest sense.

Many figures of Kwan Yin can be identified by the presence of a small image of Amitabha in her crown. It is believed that as the merciful Kwan Yin expresses Amitabha's compassion in a more direct and personal way and prayers to her are answered more quickly.

The paintings of Kwan Yin depict her in many forms, each one revealing a unique aspect of her merciful presence. As the sublime Goddess of Mercy whose beauty, grace and compassion have come to represent the ideal of womanhood in the East, she is frequently portrayed as a slender woman in flowing white robes who carries in her left hand a white lotus, symbol of purity. Ornaments may adorn her form, symbolizing her attainment as a bodhisattva, or she may be pictured without them as a sign of her great virtue.

Kwan Yin's presence is widespread through her images as the "bestower of children" which are found in homes and temples. She is one of the most beautiful of all the goddesses. She is often depicted seated upon a lotus or carrying a lotus.

Kwan Yin is also known as patron bodhisattva of P'u-t'o Shan, mistress of the Southern Sea and patroness of fishermen. As such she is shown crossing the sea seated or standing on a lotus or with her feet on the head of a dragon.

Like Avalokitesvara she is also depicted with a thousand arms and varying numbers of eyes, hands and heads, sometimes with an eye in the palm of each hand, and is commonly called "the thousand-arms, thousand-eyes" bodhisattva. In this form she represents the omnipresent mother, looking in all directions simultaneously, sensing the afflictions of humanity and extending her many arms to alleviate them with infinite expressions of her mercy.

Symbols characteristically associated with Kwan Yin are a willow branch, with which she sprinkles the divine nectar of life; a precious vase symbolizing the nectar of compassion and wisdom, the hallmarks of a bodhisattva; a dove, representing fecundity; a book or scroll of prayers which she holds in her hand, representing the dharma (teaching) of the Buddha or the sutra (Buddhist text) which Miao Shan is said to have constantly recited; and a rosary adorning her neck with which she calls upon the Buddhas for succor.



Quān Yīn posing as Lord Shiva
Dancing in Urdhvajanu position
Hand Gesture in Akash Mudra (norishment)


Today Kuan Yin is worshipped by Taoists as well as Mahayana Buddhists--especially in Taiwan, Japan, Korea and once again in her homeland of China, where the practice of Buddhism had been suppressed by the Communists during the Cultural Revolution (1966-69). She is the protectress of women, sailors, merchants, craftsmen, and those under criminal prosecution, and is invoked particularly by those desiring progeny. Beloved as a mother figure and divine mediatrix who is very close to the daily affairs of her devotees, Kwan Yin's role as Buddhist Madonna has been compared to that of Mary the mother of Jesus in the West.

The Goddess Kwan has great healing powers. Many believe that even the simple recitation of her name will bring her instantly to the scene. One of the most famous texts associated with the bodhisattva, the ancient Lotus Sutra whose twenty-fifth chapter, dedicated to Kwan Yin, is known as the "Kwan Yin sutra," describes thirteen cases of impending disaster--from shipwreck to fire, imprisonment, robbers, demons, fatal poisons and karmic woes--in which the devotee will be rescued if his thoughts dwell on the power of Kwan Yin. The text is recited many times daily by those who wish to receive the benefits it promises.

Devotees also invoke the bodhisattva's power and merciful intercession with the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM-- "Hail to the jewel in the lotus!" or, as it has also been interpreted, "Hail to Avalokitesvara, who is the jewel in the heart of the lotus of the devotee's heart!"

Throughout Tibet and Ladakh, Buddhists have inscribed OM MANI PADME HUM on flat prayer stones called "mani-stones" as votive offerings in praise of Avalokitesvara. Thousands of these stones have been used to build mani-walls that line the roads entering villages and monasteries.

It is believed that Kwan Yin frequently appears in the sky or on the waves to save those who call upon her when in danger. Personal stories can be heard in Taiwan, for instance, from those who report that during World War II when the United States bombed the Japanese-occupied Taiwan, she appeared in the sky as a young maiden, catching the bombs and covering them with her white garments so they would not explode.

Thus altars dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy are found everywhere--shops, restaurants, even taxicab dashboards. In the home she is worshipped with the traditional "pai pai," a prayer ritual using incense, as well as the use of prayer charts--sheets of paper designed with pictures of Kuan Yin, lotus flowers, or pagodas and outlined with hundreds of little circles.

With each set of prayers recited or sutras read in a novena for a relative, friend, or oneself, another circle is filled in. This chart has been described as a "Ship of Salvation" whereby departed souls are saved from the dangers of hell and the faithful safely conveyed to Amitabha's heaven.

She had numerous embodiments prior to her ascension thousands of years ago and has taken the vow of the bodhisattva to teach the unascended children of God how to balance their karma and fulfill their divine plan by loving service to life and the application of the violet flame through the science of the spoken Word.






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ΔημοσίευσηΘέμα: Απ: Divine Goddess Kwan Yin   12.06.10 14:34

Guān Yīn

(literal meaning: "Observes the sounds (of the world)"), also written Kuan Yin or Kwan-yin, is the bodhisattva of compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists.
Guan Yin is also reverenced by Chinese Taoists as an Immortal.



Quān Yīn holding a willow branch
A symbol of being able to bend/adapt but not break


In Japanese, Guan Yin is called Kannon or more formally Kanzeon; the spelling Kwannon, resulting from an obsolete system of romanization, is sometimes seen. In Korean, she is called Kwan-um or Kwan-se-um.
Guan Yin is one of the most beloved deities and Asian peoples have been worshipping her as the Goddess of mercy and compassion for many centuries.

ThroughoutAsia altars dedicated to this Mother of Mercy can be found in temples, homes and wayside grotto's and prayers to her Presence and her Flame are incessantly on the lips of devotees as they seek her guidance and succor in every area of life

A motherly figure said to bestow children on the faithful, protect all children and be there for anyone in need of compassion and love

Guan Yin is certainly one of the most adored of Goddesses, not only among her own people, the Chinese, but the world Many who worship her believe she is still, and always, looking after those in need of her care

Quan Yin; Likened to the worship of Mary in the West, is the Holy Mother of Compassion and Mercy

She was, and is, a Buddhist Bodhisattva (a mortal who has achieved enligtenement and earned the right to enter Heaven or Nirvana), who, when at the gates of Heaven, heard someone on Earth cry and so turned back, vowing that she would stay on Earth to do all she could to ease our suffering
She vowed not enter Heaven until everyone could go there with her

This bodhisattva's main attraction for people lies in her efforts to eliminate suffering and to make people live in peace and harmony.

"I am cultivating this method of great compassion and hope to save all living beings," Kuan Yin said. "Any living being who calls my name or sees me will be free from all fear and danger".."I will activate that being's spiritual awareness and maintain it forever"..

The iconography of Kuan Yin depicts her in many forms, each one revealing a unique aspect of her merciful presence



Quān Yīn in various forms

As the sublime Goddess of Mercy whose beauty, grace and compassion have come to represent the ideal of womanhood in the East, she is frequently portrayed as a slender woman in flowing white robes who carries in her left hand a white lotus, symbol of purity
Ornaments may adorn her form, symbolizing her attainment as a bodhisattva, or she may be pictured without them as a sign of her great virtue

Symbols characteristically associated with Kuan Yin are a willow branch, with which she sprinkles the divine nectar of life; a precious vase symbolizing the nectar of compassion and wisdom, the hallmarks of a bodhisattva; a dove, representing peace and fecundity; a book or scroll of prayers which she holds in her hand, representing the dharma (teaching) of the Buddha or the sutra (Buddhist text) which Miao Shan is said to have constantly recited; and a rosary adorning her neck with which she calls upon the Buddhas for succor.




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ΔημοσίευσηΘέμα: Απ: Divine Goddess Kwan Yin   13.06.10 11:18

Avalokiteśvara in Chinese Mythology



This Chinese legend is believe to be derived from Taoist ideology with the fusion of Indian-Buddhist ideology.

Tao-hsüan (596-667) once asked a divine spirit about the history of the Quan Yin.
The spirit replied:

In the past there was a king whose name was Miao Chuang Yen.
His queen was named Pao Ying. She bore three daughters.
At the time of her third daughter, Miao Shan's conception, the queen dreamed that she swallowed the moon.

When the time came for the child to be born, the whole earth quaked, and wonderful fragrance and heavenly flowers were spread near and far.
At birth she was clean and fresh without being washed.
The people said that these were signs of the incarnation of a holy person.

Although the parents thought this extraordinary, their hearts were corrupt, and so they detested her.
(This story plot is similar to the birth climax of the Indian Prince Siddhartha Gautama Buddha).

As she grew up the Miao Shan became naturally kind and gentle.
She dressed plainly and ate only once a day. The king prepared to find her a husband.

Miao Shan, with integrity and wisdom, said: "Riches and honour are not there for ever, glory and splendour are like mere bubbles or illusions.
Even if you force me to do base menial work, I will never repent of my resolve to remain chaste."

When the king and his queen sent for her and tried to sweet-talk her, she said:
"I will obey your august command if it will prevent three misfortunes.
" The king asked: "What do you mean by 'three misfortunes'?"
She said: "The first is this: when the men of this world are young, their face is as fair as the jade-like moon, but when they grow old, their hair turns white and their face is wrinkled;
in motion or repose they are in every way worse off than when they were young.

The second is this: a man's limbs may be lusty and vigorous, he may step as lithely as if flying through the air, but when suddenly an illness befalls him, he lies in bed without a single pleasure in life.

The third is this: a man may have a great assembly of relatives, may be surrounded by his nearest and dearest, but suddenly one day it all comes to an end [with his death]; although father and son are close kin they cannot take one another's place.

If it can prevent these three misfortunes, then you will win my consent to a marriage.
If not, I prefer to retire to pursue a life of religion.

The king was angry. He forced her to work at gardening and reduced her food and drink.
(This story plot is similar to the Indian Prince Siddhartha Gautama Buddha’s story, whereby he will tell his father [the king] that he will continue to stay in the palace, if the king can prevent three life misfortunes).

Even her two sisters went privately to make her change her mind, but Miao Shan held firm and would not turn back.
The king was angry. He called for the nuns and charged them to treat her so harshly that she would change her mind.

In response to her, the vegetables flourished even in winter, and a spring welled up beside the kitchen.
Much time went by, and Miao Shan still held firm to her purpose.

When the king heard about the miracles of the vegetables and the spring of water, he was furious.
He sent soldiers to bring back her head and to kill the nuns.



As they were arriving, mountains of cloud and fog suddenly appeared, totally obscuring everything.
When it cleared, Miao Shan was the one person they could not find.

She had been borne off by a spirit to a crag in another place, there to live.
The spirit then said: "The land here is too barren to sustain existence."

Time went by, and the king contracted jaundice. None of the doctors could cure him.
He was about to die when a monk appeared, saying he was well able to cure him, but would need the arms and eyes of one free from anger.

The king found this proposal extremely difficult to meet.
The monk said: "On Fragrant Mountain, in the south-west of your majesty's dominion, there is a bodhisattva engaged in religious practices.
If you send a messenger to present your request to her you can count on obtaining the two things."

The king had no choice but to command a palace equerry to go and convey his message.
Miao Shan said: "My father showed disrespect to the Three Treasures, he persecuted the suppressed the True Doctrine, he executed innocent nuns.
This called for retribution."

Then she gladly cut out her eyes and severed her arms.
Giving them to the envoy, she added instructions to exhort the king to turn towards the good, no longer to be deluded by false doctrines.

When the two things were submitted to him, the monk made them up into medicine.
The king took it and instantly recovered. He generously rewarded the monk-physician.

But the monk said: "Why thank me? You should be thanking the one who provided the arms and eyes."
Suddenly he was gone. The king was startled by this divine intervention.
Ordering a coach, he went with his lady and two daughters to the hills to thank the bodhisattva.

They met, and before words were spoken the queen already recognized her-it was Miao-shan.
They found themselves choking with tears. Hearing her words, the king and queen embraced her, bitterly weeping.
The queen was about to lick the eyes with her tongue, but before she could do so, auspicious clouds enclosed all around, divine musicians began to play, the earth shook, and flowers rained down.

And then the holy manifestation of the Thousand Arms and Thousand Eyes was revealed, hovering majestically in the air.

Attendants numbered tens of thousands, voices celebrating [the bodhisattva's] compassion resounded to shake the mountains and valleys.
In a moment, the bodhisattva reverted to her former person, then with great solemnity departed.

Tao-hsüan again asked:
"The bodhisattva can take mortal form in any place and surely ought not to be present solely at Fragrant Mountain."
(Chinese Cultute Paul Halsall, Brooklyn College)

Reference:
1. Avalokiteśvara. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica.
2. Bodhisattva. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica.
3. Buddhism. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica.
4. Buddha. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica.
5. Samual Beal, Si-Yu-Ki, Buddhist Records of the Western World, (A.D. 629), London.
6. Lionel Giles, Descriptive Catalogue of the Chinese Manuscripts from Tunhuang in the British Museum, London.
7. Origin of the Avalokiteśvara of Potala by The Tibetan & Himalayan Digital Library
8. Buddha Dharma Education Association
9. (Chinese Cultute Paul Halsall, Brooklyn College)

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ΔημοσίευσηΘέμα: Απ: Divine Goddess Kwan Yin   13.06.10 13:15

Guan Yin (Wikipedia)



Guanyin (Chinese: 觀音; pinyin: Guānyīn; Wade-Giles: kuan-yin, Japanese: Kannon, Korean: Gwan-eum, Vietnamese: Quan Âm) is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female.

The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin (觀世音, pinyin: Guānshìyīn, Wade-Giles: kuan-shih yin) which means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World".



It is generally accepted (in the Chinese community) that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara (अवलोकितेश्वर), which is her male form.

Commonly known in English as the Goddess of Mercy[1], Guanyin is also revered by Chinese Daoists (Taoists) as an Immortal.

However, in Daoist mythology, Guanyin has other origination stories which are not directly related to Avalokiteśvara.



Quān Yīn meditating as Lord Shiva
with a Yogi wooden hand stand




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Quan Yin/Nada Yoga



Legend says Quan Yin,originally a princess, having forsaken marriage,lived her life in a conventmuch to her father's anger and distrust.She was a Buddhist Bodhisattwa ( a mortal who has achieved enlightenment and earned the right to enter Heaven or Nirvana), and when at the gates of Heaven,She heard someone on Earth cry, and so turned back,vowing that she would stay on Earth to do all she could to ease our suffering.She would not enter heaven until everyone could go there with Her.She was known as the goddess of Compassion and Mercy.

There are many ways to invoke Goddess Quan Yin into one's life.The traditional mantra of OM MANI PADME HUM is one of the many approaches.One need not be a buddhist to invoke Her into his/her life.It is said to have a Quan Yin picture or statue in one's house brings good luck and protection to the household and family.

Master Ching Hai initiates sincere people longing to know the Truth,into the Quan Yin method.Master Ching Hai was born to well-off family in Aulac,the daughter of a highly reputed naturopath.She was brought up as Catholic, and learned the basics of Buddhism from Her grandmother.As a youg child she showed a precocious interest in philosophical and religious teachings, as well as uncommonly compassionate attitude towards all living beings.

As She grew,She travelled around many countries,searching for the perfect method of enlightment.Through many years of tests and tribulations,master Ching Hai finally found the Quan Yin method and the Divine Transmission in the Himalayas.After a period of diligent practice,during Her retreat in Himalayas,She attained complete enlightenment.



THE QUAN YIN METHOD:-The chinese characters mean contempaltion of the Light and Sound within oneself.These inner experiences have been repeatedly described in the spiritual literature of all the world's religions since ancient times.
INNER SOUND:-The primal vibration or Sound is in its nature transcendental and therefore perceived in silence.Jesus's disciples call it the "Holy Spirit"or the "Word"(which is from the Greek word "Logos"meaning Sound).In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God,and the Word was God.After Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment,He spoke of this Sound too,calling it the "drum of immortality".Krishna equated Himself with Sound in Ether.Mohammed perceived this Sound in the cave at Gare-Hira when He had a vision of the archangel Gabriel, and Lao Tzu described the Tao as the "Great Tone".

Daily practice of the Quan Yin Method of meditation and keeping of the Five Percepts are most essential.
Excerpts from The Heart of the Goddess,Hallie Inglehart Austin:-

"QUAN YIN MEDITATION:-Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes.Allow your breathing to deepen and your mind and body to relax.Imagine that it is nighttime and you are on top of a hill looking out over the ocean.The full moon has just risen and the moonlight shimmers on the water.You gaze at the moon for a long time;the moonlight is powerful but soft,and looking at it makes you feel calm and happy.

The moon now begins to get brighter and brighter,so bright that you are barely able to look at it.
Gradually,it becomes Quan Yin Herself,Her whole body surrounded by a glowing aureole.She stands on a lotus that floats on the waves.At the sight of you she smiles beautifully,tears of mercy and compassion shine in Her eyes.Imagine Her radiance filling you,Her strength,Her peace,Her compassion becoming a part of you.If you repeat Her name,your mind will be calm,and She will stay with you.

Finally it is time for Her to leave and She becomes smaller and smaller.At last the sea and sky vanish too,and you rest in contemplation of the beautiful ,empty space that is left.Let yourself become space.When you are ready,come back into your body and slowly stretch.Open your eyes and look at the world around you."This method is said to invoke the Inner Music within oneself.Master hing Hai said"When artificial light and artificial music(here 'artificial' means material) could make people become so relaxed and so wise-could you imagine how much the real thing can help us in our wisdom?The real thing is beyond this world,but it is accessible to every man,should we want contact with it. This is the Inner heavenly Music and The Inner Heavenly Sound.And depending upon the intensity of this Music,we can push ourselves beyond this world,go into a deeper level of understanding.



The Sound is the kind of vibrational power that pushes us into the higher levels,but it does that without any noise,without much trouble and no cost and no discomfort to the "experiencer".That is the way to go into the beyond."
Apart from the meditation mentioned above,The Five Percepts of the Quan Yin Method are:-
1.Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings;
2.Refrain from speaking what is not true;
3.Refrain from taking what is not yours;
4.Refrain from sexual misconduct;
5.Refrain from using intoxicants.
The above percept requires strict adherence to a vegan or lacto-vegetarian diet.No meat,fish,poultry,eggs(fertilized or nonfertilized).
Master Ching Hai has stressed elaborately on the importance of a vegetarian diet for the immediate attainment of enlightenment through the Quan Yin Method.

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