Kuan Yin. The goddess of
compassion. Of all the
goddesses, she is most revered and
beloved throughout the world.
Kuan Yin has countless stories
and countless forms. Here are
but a few:
"Woman's work," the Buddhas all
agreed. "Who but a gentle mother
could ever dream of bringing
boundless love and comfort to
all the people, easing the
inevitable pains of human life?"
After all, the man had failed
and now lay shattered at their
Carefully they began to reshape
the pieces of the Indian
bodhisattva* named Avalokitesvara,
who was known as the Merciful
Lord of Enlightenment.
He once had chosen to remain on earth
to relieve the suffering of
humanity rather than to partake of
the pleasures of Nirvana that he
Now he was reborn as the goddess
Kuan Yin and ready to start his
work again--this time in a
female form that was better
suited to the task.
part of this spectacular god to
goddess makeover, the Buddhas
equipped her with a thousand
arms (all the better to reach
out and stop the suffering of
those around the world) and
placed eyes in the palms of her
hands so that she could easily
see anyone who might be in need.
Read the story of Kuan Yin's creation
in the myths of
Just as you'd expect from a goddess who figures in the
mythology of so many different countries, there are a myriad of varying
stories we could choose to retell about Kuan Yin. So we've selected a few of
our favorites to share with you.
Kuan Yin ::
She Who Sees and Hears
the Cries of the World
As an archetype,
the goddess Kuan Yin has no
equal. Centuries later we find
echoes of her myths in
folk-tales and literature, works
as enduring as Cinderella, Snow
White, and even
Shakespeare's King Lear.
Princess Who Became
the Goddess Kuan Yin.
knew at once that something
phenomenal had just occurred.
At the very moment the Queen had
given birth, the earth had
trembled beneath their feet as fragrant blossoms
sprang up through the winter
snow that covered the hillsides.
The King and Queen, however, were not
They had asked for a boy,
wanting a son who could consolidate
their power and their wealth.
What use was yet another daughter
. . . especially one like
Miao-Shan who was so kind and