A Tibetan monk walks through some stupas near a Bodhi Tree at the Mahabodhi Temple on July 25, 2005 in Bodhgaya, India. It was underneath the Bodhi Tree where Buddha attained enlightenment in 528 B.C. following years of meditation and from this spot that he set out on his life of preaching.
Kwan Yin ("She Who Hears the Prayers of the World") was originally the mother goddess of China, who proved so popular she was adopted into the Buddhist pantheon as a bodhisattva (much like the goddess Bride was made a saint). A bodhisattva is a person who has attained enlightenment but chooses to forgo Nirvana and remain in the world to help others attain enlightenment. Kwan Yin's specialty is compassion, and She is known as the Goddess of Mercy.