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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A female Bodhisattva; often called Goddess of Mercy and considered an aspect of the Bodisattva Avalokitesvara; identified with Japanese Kwannon.


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  • When Buddhists prostrate themsleves to a statue of Gautama Buddha or Avalokiteshvara aka Kwan Yin or Chenrezig, they are not praying to a deity who can hear them and grant their requests; they are instead thanking them for delivering the precepts, and keeping their image in mind so as to assist in attaining enlightenment.

    nine billion names

  • Kwan Yin, goddess of kindness and compassion, the polar opposite of the black painting of Ishtar.


  • Two were very clear, though: I saw a meditation space cleared for me, candles, a statue of Kwan Yin and no, I'm neither Chinese nor Buddhist, and a blue-and-white patterned quilt waiting for me to sit still long enough to catch some clarity.

    That Crazy-Ass Willy Wonka Boat

  • I think I should probably be quiet, and let the war play itself out, wait for the boat ride to be over, and then maybe Kwan Yin will tell me what the hell is going on.

    That Crazy-Ass Willy Wonka Boat

  • Additionally, he filled the building and campgrounds with statues of Ganesha, Kwan Yin, Shiva, Jesus, and added UFO imagery, just for good measure.

    The Emerald Triangle - Running Down The Mountain

  • This pantheon of gods included Le Kun god of thunder, Kuan Ti, god of war, Kwan Yin, goddess of mercy and compassion, and many others.

    Transforming Civilization: Gods, God, Emergence, and Transcendence.

  • And more tangible representations of this line of thinking are easier to find - in justice work, in the image of taking care of our neighbor, in the Buddhist image of Kwan Yin representing compassion.

    Philocrites: Scattered thoughts on a divided spiritual identity.

  • Not like Buddha, not like Kwan Yin, goddess of mercy-not that high level, not even the same level as the Money God.

    The Kitchen God's wife

  • Their names were foreign to her, Vishnu and Heimdal male, Kwan Yin and Isis female.

    The Game Of Empire

  • In and out of the melody, crossing the beat like a jaywalker dodging taxicabs, accentuating the offbeats, creating counterbeats, he drummed like a thousand-handed deity: Kwan Yin, all arms and bliss.

    Another Roadside Attraction


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