Sunday, March 8, 2009

dreaming of Quan Yin

----------photo by Elaine A. Russell. Statue is at the Buddhist temple on Louisianna Blvd

I woke up at 3am, after dreaming of Quan Yin.......

Quan Yin is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. Also known as Kuan Yin, Quan'Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali), She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, She hears the cries of all beings. Quan Yin enjoys a strong resonance with the Christian Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Tibetan goddess Tara.
In many images She is depicted carrying the pearls of illumination. Often Quan Yin is shown pouring a stream of healing water, the "Water of Life," from a small vase. With this water devotees and all living things are blessed with physical and spiritual peace. She usually holds a sheaf of ripe rice or a bowl of rice seed as a metaphor for fertility and sustenance.