Special thanks to Jerome Tweedy, whose kind comments on April 21, 2014 inspired me to do the following painting of Kuan Yin in bold ink strokes and to add this page.

Kuan Yin is the female form of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion.  Her name means “She who hears the cries of the world.”  Kuan Yin is one of the most widely recognized icons in the world.  She is venerated by Buddhists in China and across Asia.  Commonly known in the West as the Goddess of Mercy, She is also revered under various names in Japan, Korea, Tibet , Vietnam and more.

The following image depicts  the Buddhist Goddess Kuan Yin with her right hand showing the gesture of “fearlessness,” and her left hand holding lotus flowers, a symbol of kindness, purity and wisdom.












The Bodhisattva of Great Compassion known as the Universally Penetrating One was born in the Seven-Precious-Tree Grove.

With thousand-handed, thousand-eyed wondrous and true features, She sits augustly in the Puto Palace of  Mount Puto.

From the willow twig the sweet dew is sprinkled, showering universally various worlds and benefiting all.

Atop thousands of billowing waves She  performed miracles and gloriously descended to the Assembly.

Atop thousands of billowing waves  She perfomed miracles and gloriously descended to the Assembly.

Avalokiteshvara’s vows are wonderful and inconceivable.

Her responses always rise to the occasion just in time.

She rescues sufferers by finding their voices, like a magnet attracting iron.

She preaches by manifesting herself like the moon reflected in a pond.

In the innumerable lands and countries things are all successful.

In this Saha world, furthermore, She showers mercy.

Her unfathomable benevolence is beyond praise even through eons.

We pray:  Have mercy on all beings and protect them all.

Blessed be the One on Mount Puto, the Crystalline World.

The Most Merciful and Compassionate Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva.

(Source:  The Buddhist Liturgy,  Hsi Lai Temple,  www.hsilai.org)



The  Bodhisattva of Great Compassion is deeply honored by all as the fully realizing and seeing through One.

Her twelve (12) great vows are so vast and profound.

She serves as a ferry-boat and guides us the way across the suffering seas of life.

She relieves the distressed and the sick by tracing the sounds of their cries.

And, She always manifests herself and has mercy on those who are in need.

Blessed be the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion.

(Source:  The Buddhist Liturgy, Hsi Lai Temple,  www.hsilai.org)



Blessed be the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion,

Who has accomplished wonderful virtues and being endowed with supreme power,

In one physical and mental entity manifesting a thousand hands and eyes.

Contemplating and perceiving the Dharma world,

She protects and looks with mercy on sentient beings.

She assists them to make great resolution for enlightenment.

She teaches them to recite the perfect sacred Dharani.

She always helps them stay away from evil paths,

And, enabling them to be reborn in the presence of Buddhas.

Her majestic, sacred power is beyond our praises.

Therefore, we wholeheartedly pray for Her mercy and loving protection.

Blessed be the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion.

(Source: The Buddhist Liturgy,  Hsi Lai Temple, www.hsilai.org)