You can’t tell me this isn’t how the chapter went
You can’t tell me this isn’t how the chapter went
𝗔 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗙𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵, 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝟳𝟭: 𝗚𝘂𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗶𝗻
Guanyin is the distinctive Chinese form of the bodhisattva of compassion, who in India is Avalokiteśvara and Kannon in Japan. In the west she is also known as the goddess of mercy, and is possibly the most popular Buddhist deity in East Asia. Her name means (approximately) “the one who hears the cries of the world”.
𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮
In theory, the names Guanyin and Avalokiteśvara should be completely interchangeable, and Buddhist tradition across Asia is consistent in equating the two. In practice, however, there are a number of distinctions that hint at a unique character between the two. Most striking of these distinctions is gender; Avalokiteśvara is a male bodhisattva while Guanyin is very feminine. This gap is not hard to bridge in Buddhist cosmology: bodhisattvas are generally considered to have advanced beyond sex or gender, having asexual/androgynous forms and the ability to manifest as anyone or anything. That said, in iconography they are generally much more consistent, and only Guanyin among the pan-Buddhist figures has such a distinctive regional presence. The historical cause of this is uncertain, likely theories posit either that Avalokiteśvara’s nature as a compassionate savior type figure clashed with traditional Chinese gender roles, thus prompting the switch, or that Guanyin is actually a fusional deity, incorporating one or more local goddesses into the Buddhist fold. This second theory is strengthened by the political nature of Chinese Buddhism around the 12th century, when iconography of Guanyin swapped from the Indian style male Avalokiteśvara to the now popular female form. By this time Buddhism had been a part of the Chinese religious landscape for a thousand years, but was still largely viewed as a foreign and minority religion which was not competitive with native Taoism, Confucianism, or Chinese folk-religion. The Song dynasty was the first major state power to openly embrace Buddhism and actively syncretize it with native Chinese elements as a means to establish cultural and political unity in the dominion.
𝗚𝗼𝗱𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝘆
The Buddhist universe is largely one of suffering, wherein even death cannot free oneself from the cruelties of our physical world. In opposition to other Chinese religions, which often focus on the importance of societal bonds, Buddhism values the capacity to detach oneself and Buddhist deities or, more accurately, enlightened beings, are often depicted in impersonal or ascetic ways. Guanyin is a significant departure in this respect, as a figure who has forgone escape from the cycle of reincarnation in order to help all living things. One of her popular depictions, Guanyin of the Thousand-Arms, depicts her with numerous arms and heads, depicting her splitting herself in order to help all the myriad souls trapped in the physical world. She is more willing to interfere in the affairs of mankind than other buddhas and bodhisattvas, and thus a very popular subject for prayer. As Avalokiteśvara, she is closely associated with Buddhism’s most well-known mantra (“Om mani padme hum”) which comes from a 4th century text praising Avalokiteśvara as the supreme being. She appears as a supporting character in many legends, notably the epic 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘴𝘵 in which she collects and guides the pilgrims on their journey. When Christianity was outlawed in Japan, Japanese Christians used figures of Guanyin (Kannon) holding a child to represent the Virgin Mary. She is often depicted wearing lose white robes, seated atop a lotus blossom symbolizing purity and enlightenment. In her hands she often carries a vase, which contains purifying water, and a willow branch, a tool used to sprinkle said water. She is commonly attended by two children, a girl and a boy, and sometimes also a parrot or dragon, all figures from the legend of Shancai and Longnü in which Guanyin plays a major role.
Image Credit: Guanyin of Nanshan, statue erected in 2005 in Hainan, China. Photo taken in 2012 by Panoramio.com user GPS8.
This Guanyin has real Youth Pastor vibes
*swings leg around chair* “So, you got yourself trapped in a never-ending cycle of sense perceptions”
In Chinese mythology, Guanyin (觀音) is the goddess of mercy and considered to be the physical embodiment of compassion. Guanyin’s name was translated from the deity’s original Sanskrit name
“Avalokiteśvara,” which means “he who hears the voices of the
suffering,” into Guānshìyīn (觀世音) which means “the one who hears the
sound of the world.”
A Ming official from the 14th century composed the following poem to praise Guanyin :
Like a speck of dust, ephemeral is the body,
So is the doctrine ephemeral, like a speck of dust.
Only when all sentient beings and the world attain emptiness
Will [Guanyin]’s all-compassionate heart rest.
Life is funny. Years ago, I was desperate for a deity. Not entirely sure why. perhaps it had something to do with my worthiness issues. Like if a God/dess saw me as worthy I would be worthy. Regardless of my motivation, it was not a good call. I bought several statues and half-assed every single thing. Kwan Yin was one of them. After recently finding out Taoism is a very compelling path for me, exoteric and esoterically I happened to be cleaning off her statue and setting it out when she began communicating with me. It was such an odd moment. Not quite victory, but almost…I dunno bittersweet. It was such an odd moment.
11th/12th century A.D.; Polychromed Wood; Chinese; Shanxi Province; Liao Dynasty (A.D. 907-1125) Nelson-Atkins Museum Collection; Kansas City, Missouri
Guanyin is a genderfluid trans icon, we stan
Day 7: Most Underrated Relationship: Sun Wukong and Bodhisattva Guanyin
I like that Wukong and the Bodhisattva totally kick ass together and they can snark at one another but Wukong also goes to the Bodhisattva for emotional support.
It is unwise always to follow your own mind,
It sounds like a dragon’s drone or a tiger’s laugh—
Look up at Heaven now – it has a Milky Way of stars…
I tell you recognition and awareness will come in time.
Graphic - 原田 直次郎 Harada Naojirō 1863-1899
My ink sketch is going to be my daughter’s lofi music album cover! Check out her latest:
I am watching Blood of Zeus? Yes. I am making an character? Yes This is my take on Kuan Yin or Guanyin, the bodhisattva of mercy and compassion. In the Taoist religion she is considered an immortal. In the boz universe she works as an emissary on behalf of the Jade Emperor alongside her guard, Shan Tsai,
Today is Guanyin’s third holy day! Today, Guanyin devotees commemorate her renunciation of worldly life. Here’s my Guanyin altar with crystals, incense, candlelight, fresh fruit and water. In the back, I have my grimoire open to my Guanyin devotional page. (I can’t remember where I downloaded that printed picture from, but let me know and I’ll credit them!)
As a Bodhisattva, Guanyin remains in our realm despite achieving enlightenment so that she can render aid to us all. That’s why her full name is Guanshiyin - “she who hears all the sounds of the world”. She is a feminine emanation of Avalokitesvara, whose name means “he who gazes down upon the world compassionately”. Buddhists know Guanyin as compassion in action.
And, in case you’re apprehensive about issues of cultural appropriation, praying to Guanyin is open to all! Part of the Bodhisattva Vow is to avail oneself to all sentient beings - Guanyin herself says that she takes on all forms needed to render aid to all who call out to her. To connect with this infinitely compassionate being, use the mantras
“om mani padme hum”
Or “namo guanshiyin pusa” (南无观世音菩萨)
this is a wip for the comic i’m working on for this au
short explenation for this au
macaque manage to make an oopsie and pisses of guanyin
but since guanyin is all merciful he gives him a second chance to redeem himself
and was given the same curse as wukong but proly added the bonus of dampening his powers a little
and if he doesn’t comply it’ll proly kill him to pff-
let the grinding begin-
cql didn’t have to go so hard on jiang cheng’s entrances
i just wanted to skecth a bit of a detailed redesign but then this happened