QUAN YIN – Buddhist Goddess of Compassion

Goddess Quan Yin 

QUAN YIN   –   Buddhist Goddess of Compassion

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Scholars are still debating the origin of devotion to the female bodhisattva Kuan Yin (also know as Quan Shi Yin and Kwan Yin). Quan means to inquire or look deeply into, Shi means the people of the world as generations, Yin means cries. The Boddhisatva of Compassion inquires into the cries or suffering that is echoing through the generations. Kwan Yin is thought of as a feminine form of Avalokitesvara (Sanskrit), the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The worship of Avalokitesvara found its way to China in the third century.

Most scholars agree that the Lotus Sutra of 406 C.E. is our first point of reference to the female Goddess Kwan Yin. Kwan Yin was also conceptualized as male into the tenth century. During the eighth century Chinese T’ang Dynasty, Tantric Buddhism held the image of the celestial bodhisattva as a beautiful white-robed goddess and this became quite popular. By the ninth century there was a statue of Kuan Yin in every Chinese Buddhist monastery.

The depiction of a bodhisattva as both ‘goddess’ and ‘god’ is not inconsistent with Buddhist doctrine. In order to save sentient beings, a bodhisattva can and will embody in any form, be it male or female or animal, to effect the salvation. This saving by ‘a variety of shapes’ is described in the Lotus Sutra.

The Buddhist saint Miao Shan was a Chinese princess who lived in about 700 B.C. It is widely believed that the feminine form of Kuan Yin (Quan Shi Yin or Kwan Yin) was derived from her. During the twelfth century Buddhist monks settled on P’u-t’o Shan–the sacred island-mountain in the Chusan Archipelago off the coast of Chekiang where Miao Shan is said to have lived for nine years, healing and saving sailors from shipwreck–and devotion to Kuan Yin (Quan Shi Yin or Kwan Yin) spread throughout northern China.

Kwan Yin is depicted in many forms with each one demonstrating a unique aspect of her compassion and mercy. She is frequently portrayed as a slender woman in flowing white robes who carries in her left hand a white lotus, symbol of purity representing the ideal of womanhood. She may be wearing ornaments revealing her stature as a bodhisattva, or she may be shown without them as a sign of her great humility.

Kwan Yin is also supplicated as the “bringer of children” which has created an abundance of images which are found in temples and homes. A great white veil covers her entire form and she may be seated on a lotus. She is often shown holding a child in her arms or with a child near her feet, or on her knees, or with several children about her. In this role, she is also referred to as the “white-robed honored one.”

Like Avalokitesvara she is often shown with a thousand arms and multiple eyes, heads, and hands, and sometimes with an eye in the palm of each hand. This is commonly called “the thousand-eyes, thousand-arms ” bodhisattva. In this aspect she is the omnipresent Divine Mother, looking in every direction at once, sensing the problems of humanity. She is reaching out console and soothe all beings with boundless infinite expressions of her compassion and mercy.

Items usually presented with Kwan Yin include a willow branch, with which she sprinkles the divine nectar of life; a precious vase symbolizing the nectar of compassion and wisdom, the hallmarks of a bodhisattva; a dove, representing fecundity; a book or scroll of prayers which she holds in her hand, representing the dharma (teaching) of the Buddha or the sutra (Buddhist text) which Miao Shan is said to have constantly recited; and a rosary adorning her neck with which she calls upon the Buddhas for succor.

Images of Kwan Yin are is often shown holding a rosary; describing being born with a rosary in one hand and a white lotus in the other. Buddhist cannon holds that the beads signify all living beings and the turning of the beads represents Avalokitesvara guiding them out of their suffering and incessant cycles of rebirth and into Nirvana.

Today Taoists as well as Mahayana Buddhists worship the bodhisattva Kuan Yin (Quan Shi Yin or Kwan Yin). This is especially true in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and once again in her homeland of China. She is the patron of women, merchants, sailors, craftsmen, and those under criminal prosecution, and is particularly invoked by those desiring children. Beloved as a mother figure and divine mediatrix who is very close to the daily affairs of her devotees, Kwan Yin’s role as Buddhist Madonna has been compared to that of Mary the mother of Jesus in the West.

Because of a profound trust in Kwan Yin’s saving grace and healing powers, many believe that even the simple recitation of her name will bring her instantly to one’s side. One of the most famous texts associated with the bodhisattva, the ancient Lotus Sutra whose twenty-fifth chapter, dedicated to Kuan Yin, is known as the “Kuan Yin sutra,” describes thirteen cases of impending disaster–from shipwreck to fire, imprisonment, robbers, demons, fatal poisons and karmic woes–in which the devotee will be rescued if his thoughts dwell on the power of Kwan Yin. The text is recited many times daily by those who wish to receive the benefits it promises.

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REPOST – Matt Valentine – 12 Pieces Of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life – 3-6-15

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1. Live with compassion

Compassion is one of the most revered qualities in Buddhism and great compassion is a sign of a highly realized human being.

Compassion doesn’t just help the world at large, and it isn’t just about the fact that it’s the right thing to do. Compassion, and seeking to understand those around you, can transform your life for a number of reasons.

First, self-compassion is altogether critical towards finding peace within yourself. By learning to forgive yourself and accepting that you’re human you can heal deep wounds bring yourself back from difficult challenges.

Next, we can often be tortured because of the fact that we don’t completely understand why people do certain things.

Compassion is understanding the basic goodness in all people and then seeking to discover that basic goodness in specific people. Because of this, it helps you from going through the often mental torture we experience because we don’t understand the actions of others.

But even more than that, expressing compassion is the very act of connecting wholeheartedly with others, and simply connecting in this way can be a great source of joy for us.

The reasons for practicing compassion are numerous and powerful. Seek to live in a way that you treat everyone you meet as you would yourself. Once you begin trying to do this, it will seem altogether impossible. But keep at it, and you’ll realize the full power of living with compassion.

2. Connect with others and nurture those connections

In Buddhism, a community of practitioners is called a “sangha”. A sangha is a community of monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen who practice together in peace towards the united “goal” of realizing greater awakening, not only for themselves but for all beings.

The sangha is a principle which much of the world can greatly benefit from. People come together in groups all the time, but it’s usually for the purpose of creating monetary riches or obtaining substantial power and rarely towards the united goal o1f attaining peace, happiness, and realizing greater wisdom.

The principle of the sangha can be expressed in your own life in many ways. The sangha is ultimately just one way of looking at life, through the lens of the individual “expressions” of the totality.

By living in a way that you’re fully aware of the power of connecting with others, whether it’s one person or a group of 100, and seeking to nurture those relationships in the appropriate way, you can transform your life in ways that will pay dividends for years to come.

3. Wake up

One of the most powerful points on this list, the power of simply living in a way that you’re fully awake to every moment of your life pretty much couldn’t be exaggerated even if I tried.

Mindfulness, greater awareness, paying attention, whatever you want to call it- it changes every facet of your life and in every way. It’s as simple as that.

Strive to live fully awake to each moment of your daily life and overcome your greatest personal struggles, find a great sense of peace and joy, and realize the greatest lessons life can teach you as a result of living fully awake to the present moment.1

4. Live deeply

To live deeply, in a way that you become keenly aware of the precious nature of life, is to begin down the path of true peace and happiness.

Why? Because to live in this way is to gradually become aware of the true nature of the world. This will happen essentially in “sections” of the whole, such as realizing your interconnectedness (you begin to see how everything is connected to everything else) and impermanence (you begin to see how everything is ever-changing, constantly dying only to be reborn in another form).

These realizations are the bread and butter of Buddhism and all spiritual practice. These “sections of the whole” are fragments of the ultimate realization, ways for us to understand that which can’t be fully understood in the traditional sense.

By living in a way that you seek to realize these various “qualities of the ultimate” you find greater and greater peace in realizing the natural way of things. This cultivates in us the ability to savor every moment of life, to find peace in even the most mundane activities, as well as the ability to transform your typically “negative” experiences into something altogether nourishing and healing.

5. Change yourself, change the world

Buddhists understand that you can hardly help another before you help yourself. But this isn’t referring to you gaining power or riches before you can help others, or living in a way that you ignore others.

This is mostly referring to the fact that because we’re all interconnected, by you helping yourself you create an exponentially positive effect on the rest of the world.

If you want to make an impact on the world, don’t falsely convince yourself that it’s “you or them”. You don’t need to drag yourself through the mud to help those around you. If you do this, you’ll greatly hamper your ability to create a positive impact.

At the deepest level of understanding, by making it about you you’re also making it about them because you know there’s no separating “you” and “them”.

Take care of yourself and seek to be more than just a help, but an example of how to live for others to follow and you’llcreate waves of exponential possibility that inspires others to do the same.

6. Embrace death

Death is an often taboo topic in Western society. We do everything we can to not only avoid the subject, but pretend that it doesn’t even exist.

The reality is, this is really unfortunate and in no way helps us lead better lives. Becoming keenly aware of your ownimpermanence and deeply understanding the nature of death with regards to our interconnectedness are both things which can help us find great peace.

In Buddhism, students in many sects at one point or another “meditate on the corpse” as it were (a practice which is said to have originated at least as far back as the Buddha’s lifetime).

This is literally what it sounds like. They meditate on the image of a corpse slowing decomposing and imagine that process through to its end, eventually resulting in a deep and profound realization on the true nature of death.

That might sound a little intense to you, but the truth is, if you live you’re entire life acting as if you’re never going to die or ignoring your own impermanence then you won’t ever be able to find true peace within yourself.

You don’t necessarily have to meditate on the image of a corpse, but simply opening up to yourself about death so that you’re no longer shielding it from your mind (which you’re likely doing unconsciously, as that’s how most of us were brought up in the West) can begin to be a great source of peace and help you appreciate the many joys in your everyday life.

A true appreciation for life can never be fully realized until you come face-to-face with your own impermanence. But once you do this, the world opens up in a new and profound way.

7. Your food is (very) special

Buddhist meditative practice, particularly mindfulness and contemplation, helps you realize the precious nature of the food in front of you. Indeed, with how integral a part food plays in our lives, to transform our relationship with food is to transform a key aspect of our entire lives, both now and in the future.

By contemplating on the food in front of us, for example, we can come to realize the vast system of interconnectedness that is our life, and how our food coming to be on our dinner plate as it is depended on numerous elements coming to be.

This helps us to deepen our relationship with food, cultivate a deep sense of gratitude before each meal, and learn to respect the delicate but ever-pressing balance that is life.

8. Understand the nature of giving

Giving is more than the act of giving Christmas and Birthday gifts, it’s also about those gifts which we give each and every day which we don’t typically see as gifts at all.

Buddhists hold a very deep understanding of the nature of giving, particularly in that life is a constant play between the act of giving and receiving. This doesn’t just help us find peace in understanding the way of the world around us, but helps us realize the amazing gifts we all have within us that we can give others in every moment, such as our love, compassion, and presence.

9. Work to disarm the ego

The easiest way to sum up all “spiritual” practice is this: spirituality is the act of coming in touch with the ultimate reality or the ground of being, and as a result spiritual practice is the act of overcoming those obstacles which keep us from realizing that.

The primary obstacle in our way? The ego.

To put it short and sweet, the reason the ego is the major obstacle in spiritual practice, or simply the practice of finding true peace and happiness (whatever you choose to call it, it’s all the same), is because it’s very function is to pull you away from the ground of your being by convincing you that you’re this separate self.

The process of unraveling the ego can take time, as it’s something which has been with us, intertwined with us, for years. But it’s infinitely rewarding and altogether necessary if we want to realize our best life.

10. Remove the 3 poisons

Life is filled with vices, things which attempt to bind us to unwholesome ways of living and therefore do the very opposite of cultivate peace, joy, and greater realization in our lives. Among these, the 3 poisons are some of the most powerful. The 3 poisons are:

  1. Greed
  2. Hatred
  3. Delusion

Together, these 3 poisons are responsible for the majority of the pain and suffering we experience as a collective species. It’s perfectly normal to be affected by each of these poisons throughout your life, so don’t knock yourself for falling for them.

Instead, simply accept that they’re something you’re experiencing and begin working to remove them from your life. This can take time, but it’s a key aspect on the path towards realizing true peace and happiness.

11. Right livelihood

We should all strive to work and make our living in a way that’s more “conscious” or aware. This generally means not selling harmful items such as guns, drugs, and services that harm other people, but it goes deeper than that.

There’s ultimately two aspects to this: making a living by doing something which doesn’t inhibit your own ability to realize peace and making a living doing something which doesn’t inhibit others ability to realize peace.

Facing this can lead to some interesting situations for some people, and as Thich Nhat Hanh has mentioned this is a collective effort as opposed to a solely personal one (the butcher isn’t a butcher only because he decided to be, but because there is a demand from people for meat to be neatly packaged and made available for them to be purchased from supermarkets), but you should strive to do your best.

Following the teaching on right livelihood can help you realize the harmful effect that your own work is having on you and therefore coming up with a solution can result in a largely positive shift in your life as a whole. Only you can decide if a change needs to happen though.

Whatever the case, seek to make a living doing something that promotes the peace and happiness of yourself and those around you as much as possible.

12. Realize non-attachment

This is a difficult point to put into so few words, but a profound one I felt would be greatly beneficial to mention nonetheless.

To realize non-attachment in a Buddhist sense doesn’t mean to abandon your friends and family and live alone for the rest of your life, never truly living again just so that you don’t become attached to these desires.

Non-attachment refers to living in a way that you exist in the natural flow of life and generally living a typical modern life, building a family, working, etc., while simultaneously not being attached to any of these things. It simply means to live in a way that you’ve become aware of and accepted the impermanence of all things in this life and live in a way that you’re ever-aware of this fact.

It’s perfectly normal for a Zen student in Japan, once having completed his training, to actually de-robe and go “back into the world” so to speak. This is because, once they’ve reached this level of realization, they see the beauty in all things and are compelled to live fully absorbed in all the beauty and wonders of this life. From this point on, they can truly “live life to the fullest”, while not clinging to any of these things.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that you stop feeling emotions. On the contrary, these emotions are welcomed and expected, and fully experienced with mindfulness in the moment of their impact. But this is simply the natural course of things.

Once these emotions subside though, and when we have no mental formations or obstructions to block our path, a natural healing process takes place that heals the wound and allows us to continue on living in peace and joy instead of dragging us down into darkness.

Source: “12 Pieces of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life,” from buddhaimonia.com, by Matt Valentine

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Awaken the Buddha Nature Within – admasambhava11 – 10-17-14

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During the time between yugas or eras there is a transition time called a rishis period.   There is much debate at when this period begins and ends, but many of the astrological markers in the Vedas, Kalachakra Tantra and Hebrew literature are actually occurring now.  The Kali Yuga is the darkest and shortest yuga cycle.  Many Vedic astronomers will claim we have 427,000 years remaining, but the ancients monitored both minor and major cycles.  We really do not have to wait another 427,000 more years before the rulers of earth become plunderers.  The great shift of the ages is upon us right now and that is why you have been bombarded with so much false information, and the world outside seems to be getting worse.

In some ways, the fall in consciousness that occurs during the end of the Kali Yuga helps attract some of the darkness here.    Human faith and hope are one of our greatest qualities, so don’t be down on yourself too much if you have placed faith in some guru or galactic saviours racing in to change our situation.  The higher worlds would simply not interfere this way and a guru should not accept visa or mastarcard. Change will ultimately be up to the souls incarnated here.   People are starting to awaken to the fact that a hidden hand has controlled much of the world for far too long.  However, much of the alternative message is also being controlled and censored.  People are constantly given dates, timeline of events and all sorts of wonderful promises that always fail to eventuate.  People usually begin to loose hope during this second awakening stage.   Many feel compelled to warn others, but it is kind of like running into a kindergarten and telling all the kids Santa Clause is a fraud.

All this side show is just another way to take your eyes of the real prize and that is attaining enlightenment.  It should not be waved around like a carrot, but perpetual bliss is the destiny of all sentient beings.  You are not some tweaked down strand of useless DNA that can proceed until you get an upgrade.  In addition, the soul that dwells within you is already divine and does not require alien technology to shine as bright as a billion suns.  No amount of yoga or siting can purify your soul any more than it is right now.  Most of our defilements come from the mind and body only.  The mind, body and soul are just not in the proper position for you to experience full consciousness.  What if there was a way to shift this inner orb of god light much sooner so everyone could attain enlightenment through their own efforts?  Everyone has what it takes right now  to attain full enlightenment.

All the avatars, old souls, star seeds, and drifters came here to help change consciousness. We will not manifest a golden age if we are not talking the steps to awaken the Buddha-nature within right now.  Have you ever noticed the pictures of orbs being taken with digital cameras all over the world?  Look closer and you will see a Buddhist/hindu dharma wheel in them.  Then you will see smaller circles and each of these is many lifetimes of knowledge.  This is your own personal dharma wheel of samsara.  It does not matter if you call it the atma, spirit, soul, god spark or Buddha nature.  It attaches to the lower chakras many months before birth.  This is why your heart chakra hurts when you grieve.  Also when you get scared you place your hand over this area.

When you see a halo over a gurus painting it is simply a person that has shifted this orb from the lower chakras to the crown chakra.    This is where a more complete meditation technique like kriya yoga or vajrayana are extremely effective.   It is very important your ultimate meditation focuses on the region at the base of the spine so this orb can be shifted.  However, what if there were some other factors that are crucial to attaining full consciousness.  We knew much about the hidden yoga in our past and it was hidden intentionally.

Have you ever taken a few  minutes in nature and realised that we are already living in the eden.  The only thing that needs to change is our consciousness.  Once global consciousness changes the golden age will begin to fully manifest.  Enlightenment is an individual responsibility, but it will come much sooner if you know how to breath natural prana deep into the base of the spine, and understand the mysteries of the Kalachakra Tantra.

The Kalchakra Tantra was a separate teaching Shakyumuni Buddha gave to the first kalki king.  This King of shamballa recorded the teaching and shamballa became an inner world of enlightened beings.  Like most surface beliefs and teaching the original Kalchakra tantra was lost and we only have an abridged version now.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo – Secret of the Lotus Sutra

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Rebalancing – The 12th Road – 2-22-14

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With one foot firmly placed in the new, we are now in a place of rebalancing where we are being presented with opportunities to strengthen our core selves. There are complex energies out there right now, where we can be floating around in exuberant joy one moment and thrown into chaos the next, where we are continually being tested by Mercury Retrograde induced mix-ups and delays and prompted to remain strong in our inner Light as we come up against the increasingly uncomfortable darkness that still lingers on. But we have cosmic support in all that we do and all comes to manifest exactly as we need it if only we let go of control and allow ourselves to be guided to receive. I have experienced this in my recent 1500km move from southern Victoria to northern NSW and while relocating during Mercury Retrograde is no smooth ride (I still have internet delays), all has unfolded with an ease that has exceeded my expectations. But with so much action happening between the cosmic heavyweights of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, the astrological climate is set to remain intense. The first 6 months of 2014 were always going to be about restructuring the balance in our lives but the tension that comes through wanting to move forward and feeling restricted can easily send us off kilter. But even if we only we take one small step at a time, with each step we can ask ourselves, does this strengthen my inner balance? This will be even more so during March-May as Mars turns retrograde for a long 3 month period and the clash of the Pluto/Uranus Square builds in mid-April. We are certainly in the energy of new world, where everything that no longer resonates is slowly falling away or falling apart. But in this quest for greater happiness, we are all being guided within. We are the source of our own happiness. It does not come from anywhere else but is always there within ourselves. I feel like I’ve reached a plateau in my own path, a kind of resting place between the old and the new. While I catch my breath and give myself time to rebalance, I am being mindful to slow down and breathe, to be grateful for all that has appeared along the way and to be strong in my faith and belief that my inner Light will continue to guide me towards wherever my path in the new world will take me.

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