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 which is embraced by softness.~~~
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.