hears the cries of the world
and eases the suffering
of all sentient beings.
She’s the Goddess of Mercy,
a bodhisattva who’s
vowed to free us all from life’s
cycle of birth and death
and maya’s gripping hold.
She embraces our sorrows
and soothes our spirits
cool, calming waters
over our anguished souls.
She’s promised to remain
in these earthly realms
even though her
has already been attained.
She’s compassion incarnate;
she’s gentle and tender,
is acceptance and
loving-kindness toward all.
You need but utter her name and
she will at once be beside you,
bringing protection and gain–
ever tireless in her caring.
A regal goddess riding the waves
upon a dragon she arrives to save.
Even to those who create harm in others,
her benevolence holds them all with
the encompassing love of a mother.
O mother, Quan Yin, I take refuge
in your bountiful kindness
that shines forth with infinite purity.
I feel your grace that showers me with peace
and I know that I am protected.
I am blessed by your eternal
compassion that flows
with abundance and I feel
your warm embrace that holds
me safe until I no longer need holding.
The following are some photos of some Quan Yin statues that I own. The brass one with Quan Yin being held aloft by a hand was brought back from Nepal from my world-traveling friend, Sandrine. I have felt an affinity with Quan Yin since I first learned about her story.