Bodhisattva of Compassion

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion.

A bodhisattva is a being who forgoes final enlightenment in order to help other sentient beings to awaken.

Avalokiteshvara is another name of this bodhisattva of compassion. In the monasteries and on retreats in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the monks and nuns chant, “Namo Avalokiteshvara.” They also chant in Vietnamese, where she is known as Quan The Am.

He also has a thousand arms.

These arms serve the purpose of reaching out to suffering beings and providing them with the support they need to carry on.

The meaning of the name is “listening deeply to the sound of the cries of the world.”

The beautiful music and dance in this video are inspiring.

Do you know anyone who would like to be touched by 1,000 arms? What would they pray for?

Note: This video was first shared on August 18, 2012. The Bodhisattva of Compassion is always with us.

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