Kuan Yin originated in India as Avalokiteshvara. By the ninth century, Kuan Yin had become the main representation of compassion in China, and from there Her veneration spread across Asia. Eventually, She became known by many names, including Kannon in Japan and Quan Am in Vietnam. Buddha and Kuan Yin are always described as sitting or standing on the lotus throne, or holding the stem of a lotus flower. The lotus is one of Buddhism’s most recognized symbols of enlightenment and is important in many Buddhist traditions. The famed “Lotus Sutra” is one of the most important texts of Mahayana Buddhism and is the foundation of the Pure Land Schools. (10/25/2017)