Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spirit of Mercy

Pearl of Light in the Hand of Quan Âm
Chinese Buddhist devotional schools teach that Guanyin is the source of unconditional love and salvation. In schools of Buddhism that are not devotional, Guanyin is venerated as the spirit of mercy, love and compassion. She remains a popular figure and is ubiquitous in new religious movements throughout Asia.  Several large temples in Asia are dedicated to Guanyin and more than a third of the tallest statues in the world built are depictions of her surpassed only by statues of Buddha. 
Maria Kannon with Child and Disciples in Dehua, China