Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion and Mercy
Popularly known as the Goddess of Compassion or Mercy, many Chinese believe that calling upon Kuan Yin; their burdens will be lifted, their worries alleviated, and their injured hearts mended. In the home she generates an ambience of softness and nurturing. She gives rise to the loving heart and gentle kindness.
Her full name, Kuan Shi Yin Po Sa, translates to, She Who Hears the Cries of the World. Kuan Yin is the most popular Buddha in the Chinese pantheon. Legend has it that the Princess Miao Shan lived in the Zhou Dynasty. Having achieved the stature of an enlightened being, she was at the gates of heaven when she heard the cries of suffering people. Rather than entering nirvana, she chose to remain on earth to respond to the calls for help.
Kuan Yin embodies the Bodhisattva in all us, a divine being who has attained enlightenment, whose only purpose is to manifest knowledge and help other beings.
As a porcelain statue, she often sits on a lotus or has a dragon at her feet. Fill the statue with water and after meditation or a prayer; sprinkle the water throughout the room to scatter her influence. As a wooden sculpture, she attracts peace and mercy.
When choosing a Kuan Yin stature, look at the face. It needs to be gentile and alluring and speak to your heart. Click here for Kuan Yin pictorial gallery.
Place Kuan Yin in the back of your yard facing the front door, or on an altar in the back of the home in a common living space, facing the door.
White Lotus Feng Shui
Patricia Lee, Feng Shui Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Washington DC Metro Area, Greater United States, International
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