Kuan Yin (also known as Kwan Yin, Quanyin, or Kannon, in Japan) is the Mother of Compassion in China and other areas of the East as Mother Mary is for Christians in the west. She wears a Violet Robe of Compassion, and is also known as the Goddess of Mercy, to whom many turn when they are looking for healing or to have children in their lives. If they are in some way unhappy, they will call to Kuan Yin. Often She is depicted pouring the nectar of life from a bottle or flask while in Her other hand She holds in a position (mudra) for manifestation, thus evoking health or eternal youth. Sometimes She holds a willow branch for healing, or a lotus for love and purity, and is often seen with a child or children. In truth She will hear the call of any heart.

Kannon / Japan



It is important to realize that Kuan Yin is a real being, an Ascended Master, and She is here now. Please don’t think of Her as off somewhere else in the mind or in reality. She purified Her body, mind and emotions to a state of pure light and divine vibration, allowing Her to be multidimensional, and is thus available any time, anywhere. Her name means that She hears the cries of the world. In this sense She is like Jesus, Mother Mary, Buddha, and Saint Germain, to mention a few of the well-known Ascended Masters.

Kuan Yin, Quang Dong / China

Kuan Yin is also the patron saint of Feng Shui, and the roofs of Her temples and shrines curve up at the corners so that the cosmic energy does not hit the ground directly. For many of you, according to Feng Shui, the shrine would be in the southwest corner of your room, or house. While I was working in China during the last two years, I felt that Kuan Yin was always at my side, helping me to observe that culture with compassion and to love the openhearted people there.


This statue of Kuan Yin is probably 75 to 100 years old, from the Hubei region of China, and carved from the wood of the dragon-eye tree.

Kuan Yin Shrine
Size: base 23.25in x 23.25in./height 44in-52in/opening 14.5in x 35in for statues 24in to 28in
Made from Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Ponderosa Pine

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