Quan Yin - Goddess of Mercy and Compassion

Quan Yin is the Goddess of mercy and compassion worshipped by East Asian Buddhists. The original sanscrit word used to describe her is "karuna" meaning to weep. Karuna is the ability to relate to another in such an intense manner that any harm done to the other is felt as if it has been done to us. The term karuna is central to the Buddhist tradition, and is often described as a "love for all beings".


Quan Yin is a Bodhisattva, a being of wisdom, destined to become a Buddha. She has taken the vow of Bodhisattva to save all beings from suffering.

The following mantra is associated with her:

Om Mani Padme Hum