Guanyin: Ancient East Asian Goddess of mercy. (Northern Song Dynasty wood carving of Guanyin, c. 1025.)
Japanese National Treasure, Statue of Seated Amida Nyorai 阿弥陀如来坐像（平等院）
Kwan Yin - also Quan Yin, Guan Yin or Guanyin - is the Bodhisattva of compassion, one who hears the cries of all beings. She is the goddess of compassion, the embodiment of loving kindness. Above is the Kwan Yin statue at Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Mo. She is the Kwan Yin of water and the moon.
Japanese National Treasure, Ashura Statue 阿修羅像（興福寺）
Ksitigarbha, "Earth Store" bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism.
National treasure of Japan
Guanyin Pusa (Boddhisattva Avalokiteshvara) in a Royal Ease Pose, later part of the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) or early Jin Dynasty (1115-1234)
Spent much time viewing this growing up. It is large & impressive, in a beautiful, quiet exhibit room, like entering a temple. Surprised I didn't become a Buddhist as a result, it is so moving. Guanyin of the Southern Sea, Liao (907-1125) or Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) Chinese IMG_0956