Quan Yin

Supreme goddess

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

while pouring

cool, calming waters

of compassion

over our anguished souls.

She’s promised to remain

in these earthly realms

even though her

own enlightenment

has already been attained.

She’s compassion incarnate;

she’s gentle and tender,

her countenance

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.



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  1. Look into the creek
    Crystal clear flows
    Gone is desire

    enjoy my Dearest Bodhirose(+)
    soulbro* 🙂 xo—{–@


  2. See how nature provides all the teachings we need to become free? If we but take notice…

    Thanks Soulbro! xoxo


  3. sure thing my Dearest One…just a hike of 4 miles yesterday 🙂 xo—{–@


  4. A worthy homage to our beloved Quan Yin. I don’t know how one could not feel an affinity for this sweet one and her story.

    Thank you for the gift of this dear poem and fine photographs.



  5. What a beautiful story gayle. thanks for sharing it.


  6. Adrianna first told me this story in an email, i have loved this story since then, its so beautiful and awesome, is not it? her love.


  7. Her story is very inspirational and uplifting to me.


  8. i could feel it through that poem which came from the very depth of your soul.


  9. Yes. I think so has everyone else.


  10. Jessica

     /  March 7, 2011

    That’s a sweet poem dedicated to this goddess. Sounds like someone we all need these days!



  11. cool calming waters of compassion-I like that.


  12. This is lovely, Kwan Yin is often my solace in troubled times.


  13. love this God..

    beautiful illustrations..
    have fun.


  14. I have a photo of a Quan Yin we have that I wish I could send but it’s on my computer in Reno. This poem is so beautiful, by whatever name we call her.


  15. Thank you for sharing this lovely story.


  16. love this poem gayle! and never have i ever seen a statue of guan yin siting on the hand before!


    • Thank you, Kris. I had never seen one like this either until my friend brought it from Nepal for me. I had asked her to find some kind of Quan Yin statue for me on her travels and this is what she found. I was so pleased.


  17. Immensely soothing to the nerves and really beautiful, Gayle.. And a beautiful ode to such a compassionate Goddess…
    Aaahh.. I already feel at peace..


    • So happy this brought some soothing to your nerves, Kavita. And thank you for the nice compliment. I feel a close affinity to this beautiful and compassionate goddess.


  18. Beautifully written, like a prayer. Wonderful, and thank you for sharing her story with us 🙂


  19. Blessed poem, thank you for sharing an inspiring and peaceful collection of words. People and the Buddhas will certainly take delight in artistically woven poem.



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