Goddess of Compassion, Mercy and Forgiveness
“Any living being who calls my name or sees me will be free from all fear and danger”. ~Kuan Yin
Kuan Yin, also known as Kwan Yin, Quan Yin, Kannon, Guan Yin and Kuan Shih Yin, is most popularly known as the Chinese Goddess of Compassion. Her name translates to “The One who Hears the cries of the World”. Sometimes compared to the Goddess Virgin Mary in Catholicism, Kuan Yin is revered as the “…Divine Mother we all long for: merciful, tender, compassionate, protecting, caring, healing and wise” (http://www.circle-of-light.com/). Many pray to Kuan Yin in times of need, be it a need of health, protection or compassion.
Symbols/Associations of Kuan Yin:
• White, flowing gown/robe
• Weeping willow tree or branch
• Lotus flower
A simple way to welcome Kuan Yin into your life or space is to chant, “Om Mani Padme Hum” (which means “Hail the Jewel or earl in the Lotus). To invoke Kuan Yin’s compassion, chant “Namo, Guan, Shih Yin Pusa” (which is essentially a greeting/homage).
Prayers to Kuan Yin
(This first prayer is an adaptation of the Catholic Hail Mary, however, since the two Goddesses are often compared, it seems appropriate):
Holy Mother full of grace, power is with thee
Blessed are you, Queen of the Universe, and blessed is all of creation,
Holy Mother, Maker of all things,
Be with me now and always
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Goddess, inside your Motherly arms
I seek protection from negative forces that surround me and mine
Protect my mind from hurtful thoughts and images
Protect my mouth from speaking harsh and unnecessary words
Protect my body from physical harm
Protect my home from the energy that seeks to destroy
Protect my children and guide them to be of strong heart and mind in the face of adversity
Protect my spirit and guide me this day
For my strength and power I find in you.
I call upon the Goddess Kuan Yin,
Mother of Compassion, who hears
And answers the cries of all hearts,
Who carries the pearl of illumination
And pours forth a stream of healing waters.
Bless me with your spiritual peace.
Mother of Mercy
Compassionate Lady Kuan Yin
You who hears the weeping world
And comforts its souls
Come on the dragon’s breath!
Come to answer our prayers!
Come to soothe our pain!
Jade Goddess, who never refuses a prayer,
We ask for peace,
For banishment of fear, anger and hatred.
For your love and compassion
To be poured out upon the Earth and us all.
Gracious Kuan Yin we ask for your blessing today and every day.
You who are all to me,
All that is,
And all that shall be.
Come as the scent of sacred Lotus,
With love and compassion,
Do be with me now, I pray!
Oh Blessed Kuan Yin.
Kuan Yin Ritual
This ritual can be used to ask for compassionate assistance with something or to thank Kuan Yin for her many blessings.
• Imagery of Kuan Yin, picture, statue, drawing, etc.
• A small silver candle
• Incense, if you like, Lotus for inner peace, outer harmony, myrrh for protection and healing, or sandalwood (all purpose)
• Lotus flower if possible, or other delicate flower such as a pink rose or petals (an offering for Kuan Yin)
• An altar to place these items on
• A cushion to sit on
Kuan Yin, I ask for your assistance,
To ______________________. (Get rid of _______. Bring to me ________. Etc. etc.)
Thank you for all of your help and love,
Today and always!
O compassionate one,
Lady of Wisdom,
Blessed protector of children,
Jewel in this realm,
And the next.
Hearer of prayers,
Bringer of peace and contentment.
I bow before you this day,
And give thanks for the blessings I have received,
And all those that I truly believe will follow.
Thank you for your gift of compassion,
For the comfort your very image brings,
Thank you for the difference you've made in my life,
In your presence my soul truly sings.
"Mercy means that more assistance is given through love than merit earned" ~ Kuan Yin