Guan Yin

Through­out history, Guan Yin has symbol­ized Divine Moth­erly energy and compas­sion. Guan Yin is often depicted as a female Bodhisattva or even a wrath­ful, male deity. In Tibet, Guan Yin is known as Dorje Chen­rezeig or “unbro­ken, inde­struc­tible compas­sion and love.” Millions around the world have revered and prayed to Guan Yin and although Guan Yin is often typi­cally asso­ci­ated with Buddhism, Guan Yin remains beyond all reli­gions, spir­i­tual tradi­tions, dogma and concepts. Guan Yin is “form­less” and can mani­fest into any form.

Miao shares that “Guan” means all know­ing and “Yin” means vibra­tion or frequency. The jour­ney of “Guan Yin” is to be “all knowing–to know all frequen­cies and vibra­tions of the Universe.” We must be able to “hear” and receive all vibra­tions with­out judg­ment or prej­u­dice to align with Guan Yin energy. This is true compas­sion. Guan Yin tran­scends dual­ity and includes all high conscious­ness beings with­out excep­tion. Guan Yin is the harmony of Yin and Yang and carries the essence of both our tears and prayers.

Miao reminds us that Guan Yin’s great teach­ings cannot be under­stood through our mind, but only through the essence of our heart. We must let go of our “ears” and “open our hearts” to truly embody Guan Yin energy. The teach­ings of Guan Yin in our lives may come in “bitter forms,” however, the true essence of the teach­ings always remain sweet and compas­sion­ate. “Tough” lessons are neces­sary for our growth and ulti­mate evolu­tion. The Phoenix is reborn because of its ashes, just as the lotus blooms its one thou­sand petals because of mud.

Many people seek teach­ings that are only sweet, gentle, full of “mercy,” and yet, the path to enlight­en­ment requires the drink­ing of “bitter tea.” When we can drink bitter tea and still cele­brate life, still smile and laugh with child­like joy and grat­i­tude, we truly embody Guan Yin. Guan Yin helps us wield the sword of wisdom which cuts through igno­rance, limited emotions, pain and suffer­ing. Guan Yin has been exalted since the dawn of time, not simply because “she” is a Goddess of Mercy, nor a male wrath­ful protec­tor, but–because Guan Yin is the form­less path­way of trans­for­ma­tion itself.

Om mani padme hum.

Guan shi yin pusa.