GuanYin Goddess of Mercy in Fine Jade
Fine Jade GuanYin, Goddess of Mercy
Available in 2" and 3" statues
Guanyin is an East Asian spiritual figure of mercy, and a bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means "Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World". She is also sometimes referred to as Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: ?¤ێÙ_??©?Щ). Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukh€?vat€Ç.
It is generally accepted among East Asian adherents that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokite?Ývara. Commonly known in English as the Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin is also revered by Taoists as an immortal. In Chinese folk religion there are mythical accounts about Guanyin's origins that are not associated with the Avalokite?Ývara described in Buddhist sutras.
Due to the devotional popularity of Guanyin in Asia, she is known by many names, most of which are simply the localised pronunciations of "Guanyin" or "Guanshiyin":
Other Asian Names for Kwan Yin:
The name is pronounced Gwun Yam or Gun Yam in Cantonese, also written as Kwun Yam in Hong Kong or Kun Iam in Macau.
In Japanese, Guanyin is pronounced Kannon (?__ŽÙ_), occasionally Kan'on, or more formally Kanzeon (?__ŠüЎÙ_, the same characters as Guanshiyin); the spelling Kwannon, based on a premodern pronunciation, is sometimes seen. This rendition was used for an earlier spelling of the well-known camera manufacturer Canon Inc., which was named for Guanyin.
In Korean, Guanyin is called Gwan-eum (Hangul: ?«ۓ?Î) or Gwanse-eum (Hangul: ?«ۓãü“?Î).
In Thai, she is called Kuan Im (Thai: ˆü?ˆü¤ˆüªˆü_ˆü«ˆüÁ), Phra Mae Kuan Im (Thai: ˆü_ˆü£ˆü¡ˆ_?ˆüÁˆ_öˆü?ˆü¤ˆüªˆü_ˆü«ˆüÁ), or Chao Mae Kuan Im (Thai: ˆ_ۈüöˆ_äˆü_ˆ_?ˆüÁˆ_öˆü?ˆü¤ˆüªˆü_ˆü«ˆüÁ).
In Burmese, the name of Guanyin is Kwan Yin Medaw (Burmese: ‡Û?Û_‡۪‡ۼ‡Û_‡Ûã‡?‡۪‡Û_‡ۼ‡ې‡۱‡Û?ۼ).
In Vietnamese, the name is Quan Ìâm or QuÌÁn Th‡¼À Ìâm.
In Indonesian, the name is Kwan Im or Dewi Kwan Im. She is also called Mak Kwan Im "Mother Guanyin".
In Khmer, the name is Preah Mae Kun Ci Iem.
In Sinhalese, the name is Natha Deviyo (Sinhalese: ˆ¦±ˆᏈ¦¨ ˆ¦øˆ᪈á?á?¦¼ˆá?).
In Tibetan, the name is Chenr̩zik.
In these same countries, the variant Guanzizai "Lord of Contemplation" and its equivalents are also used, such as in the Heart Sutra, among other sources.