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Buddha Guanyin statue the most beloved Buddha in Asia
Buddha Guanyin statue
Guanyin, the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion, is perhaps the most beloved of Buddhist deities in China. The name Guanyin literally means “hear all calls for help everywhere,” thus reflecting her role as Goddess of Mercy. Buddha Guanyin statue is the Chinese interpretation of the Indian bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, who was originally masculine in Indian depictions, but under Chinese influences and interpretations of Buddhism evolved into a feminine deity. Chinese Bodhisattva/ Goddess of Compassion, Mercy and Kindness is considered to be a mother-goddess and patron of seamen. THE GODDESS' NAME. The name Guan Yin also spelt Guan Yim, Kuan Yim, Kwan Im, or Kuan Yin, is a short form for Kuan-shi Yin, meaning "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the (human) World".
This is Guan Yin, a woman who Buddhist legend tells us was born more than a thousand years ago into a wealthy royal family in southwest China. Like the Buddha, she was at a young age struck by the prevalence of suffering and, in rebellion against the expectations of her parents, ran away from home in order to join a monastery and devote herself to the needy. Her cruel and self-righteous father was furious at what he took to be her ingratitude and ordered her agents to track her down and behead her without mercy. But the princess found shelter among those she helped, changed her identity and was able to carry out good works for many years undisturbed. Then one night, news reached her that her father had fallen gravely ill. Buddha Guanyin statue immediately returned to the royal palace, brewed a dose of special medicine and slowly nursed her father back to health. Grateful at her exceptional benevolence and lack of rancour, the king begged for his daughter’s forgiveness and in a gesture of atonement, ordered statues to be made of her and placed across his kingdom.