Friday, February 3, 2017

Kuan Yin

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  1. never needing words to make words, here I am, wondering how long the Queen of Coins has been on the sidebar? Perhaps signaling intention? Who is the red rabbit? Enquiring minds need to know.

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    1. I put her up there when I was trying a few different formats a few weeks ago. I have identified with the Queen of Pents and was always taken with the Red Rabbit in the right hand corner. Rabbits are liminal animals, also Alice in Wonderland following the rabbit, and in addition from the Matrix movie when Neo gets a computer message that says follow the white rabbit.

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  2. Just for information's sake:

    It is generally accepted that Kuan Yin (Guan Yin, etc.) originated as the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara from Mahayana Buddhism. He was often portrayed in a way that made his gender undefinable (such as the statue that CharlotteK posted). In East Asia, particularly China and Japan, this bodhisattva eventually was portrayed as a female.

    The following came from an old issue of "The Mindfulness Bell" (Fall 1998). These are excerpts of a talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh:

    "Bodhisattvas are awakened beings. We also have our nature of awakening, no less than they, but we have to train ourselves. One way is to practice invoking the names of four great bodhisattvas - Avalokiteshvara (Regarder of the Cries of the World), Manjushri (Great Understanding), Samantabhadra (Universal Goodness), and Kshitigarbha (Earth Store)... It is not important whether they were historic figures, born in such and such a year or in such and such a place. The key is to realize their qualities within ourselves."

    "We invoke your name, Avalokiteshvara. We aspire to learn your way of listening in order to help relieve the suffering in the world. You know how to listen in order to understand. We invoke your name in order to practice listening with all our attention and openheartedness. We will sit and listen without any prejudice. We will sit and listen without judging or reacting. We will sit and listen in order to understand. We will sit and listen so attentively that we will be able to hear what the other person is saying and also what is being left unsaid. We know that just by listening deeply we already alleviate a great deal of pain and suffering in the other person."

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    1. I have read some on Kuan Yin from a few sources, never knew she was a he originally. I can not related to her as the World. Nor figure out why the World or Universe decided to show up as my daily draw? ...still nothing.

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  3. Some of my worst posts have been when I've drawn a blank and written something for the sake of it. Your blank page is actually quite beautiful...

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