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Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion. Kuan means Earth and Yin is the female life force. She is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in female form for the benefit of all beings. By iconographic category and hierarchy she is a meditational deity and her appearance is that of a peaceful deity. Kuan Yin has strength that is embraced by softness.

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Mural adorning the walls of an outdoor temple in the heart of Chinatown, Bangkok. Guanyin has a willow branch in one hand displaying her gentle nature and a vase pouring healing nectar in the other hand. She rides the back of a dragon on ocean waves with confidence and command. She is known as the one who hears the cries of the world.

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Guanyin Seated in Royal Ease with Small Attendant late Ming dynasty,early Qing dynasty 17th–18th century

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Guanyin Artist: Deng Xiangying Date: 2005 Size: 77 x 28 in. with mounting Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, mounted on satin This painting portrays Bodhisattva Guanyin as a beautiful goddess of blessing. She is seated by a river under a huge rock, holding a willow branch in her right hand. Next to her is a vase, a regular attribute of Guanyin. The devotees of Water-Moon Guanyin believe that she is always ready to respond to any sentient being who calls for help.

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