Updated: Jan 11, 2022
Kuan Yin the Sweet-Heart Goddess of Compassion
Kuan Yin Dreamtime by Tony Salerno
‘We are the Love of Creation’
— Kuan Yin
Buddhist Legend tells of Kuan Yin being ‘born’ from a ray of white light which the Amitabha Buddha emitted from their right eye whilst deep in spiritual ecstasy.
Ani Choying Drolma singing The Great Compassion Mantra
Namo Ratna Trayāya Namah Ārya Jñāna Sāgara Vairocana Vyūhai Răjāya Thathāgatāya Arahate Samyak Sambuddhaya Namo Sarva Tathagatebyeh Arahatebyeh Samyasambuddhe Byeh Namo Arya Avalokite Svarāya Boddisattvāya Mahasattvāya Mahākārunikāya, Tadyathā Om Dhara Dhara Dhiri Dhiri Dhuru Dhuru Ite Vatte chale chale Phra chale Phra Chale Kusume kusume Vare Ili Mili Citijvola māpanāye Svohā
Buddhist scripture box with holy 6-syllable mantra
The goddess Kuan Yin, whose sacred name means ‘One who hears the cries of the world’, is a symbol of the many hued Karuna, expressed through her soft wisdom.
Karuna is all about the compassionate action of enlightened beings working to end suffering here, and must be accompanied by Parjna, or wisdom, to have the right effect.
Kuan Yin is the re-emergence of the god/dess, and the gender transformation of the male god Avalokiteshvara (‘The Lord Who Looks Down in Compassion’) in China.
S/He represents the cosmic essence of the divine, similarly reflected in the emanation of the goddess Tara from the compassionate tears of the same Bodhisattva.
‘Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form’
- Avalokiteshvara, The Heart Sutra and Song of Perfect Wisdom
Ancient images often show her with certain qualities symbolising masculinity and also with a softness of manner — both male and female traits.
She’s been depicted as lithe and resilient as the willow tree — able to bend and not break, in not even the most powerful of storms.
Her compassion is intense, her empathy strong, and her tears so very real, as she feels the joy and pain of others as though her own.
Benefits in Reciting and Holding The Great Compassion Mantra
Excerpts from The Dharani Sutra English translation by the Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, USA
If humans and gods recite and hold the phrases of the Great Compassion Mantra, then when they approach the end of life, all the Buddhas of the ten directions will come to take them by the hand to rebirth in whatever Buddha land they wish, according to their desire.
People and gods who recite and hold the Great Compassion Mantra will obtain fifteen kinds of good birth and will not suffer fifteen kinds of bad death.
Those who recite and hold the spiritual Mantra of Great Compassion will not suffer any of these fifteen kinds of bad death and will obtain the following fifteen kinds of good birth:
Their place of birth will always have a good king
They will always be born in a good country
They will always be born at a good time
They will always meet good friends
The organs of their body will always be complete
Their heart will be pure and full in the way
They will not violate the prohibitive precepts
Their family will be kind and harmonious
They will always have the necessary wealth and goods in abundance
They will always obtain the respect and help of others
Their richness will not be plundered
They will obtain everything they seek
Dragons, gods, and good spirits will always protect them
In the place where they are born they will see the Buddha and hear the Dharma
They will awaken to the profound meaning of that Proper Dharma which they hear.
List of avoidance of bad death :-
They will neither die of starvation or privation
They will not die from having been yoked, imprisoned, caned or otherwise beaten
They will not die at the hands of hostile enemies
They will not be killed in military battle
They will not be killed by tigers, wolves, or other evil beasts
They will not die from the venom of poisonous snakes, black serpents, or scorpions
They will not drown or be burned to death
They will not be poisoned to death
They will not die as a result of sorcery
They will not die of madness or insanity
They will not be killed by landslides or falling trees
They will not die of nightmares sent by evil people
They will not be killed by deviant spirits or evil ghosts
They will not die of evil illnesses which bind the body
They will not commit suicide
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Published in MEDIUM on Jul 29, 2019 and on prior website in 2017