The goddess Kuan Yin
Goddesses have always represented the feminine aspect of God. The Buddhist goddess Kuan Yin is the goddess of compassion. Compassion is the ability to relate to others emotions. It is having the empathy to care about what is happening in the lives for other people. In the twenty first century, we have a very noticeable lack of compassion. Compassion is part of the path to peace. So while we are talking and advocating for peace, we must also all practice compassion.
” You sit down on a hill top, or anywhere high-enough for you
to see nothing, but the sky, in front of your eyes.
With your mind you make everything empty.
There’s nothing there, you say.
And you see it like that—-nothing
Then you say, AH,
But there is something.
Look, there’s the sea,
and the MOON has risen—
full, round, white.
And you see it like that—
Sea, silver in the moon light,
With little white, topped waves. And in the
Blue Black sky above
Hangs a great moon Bright,
But not dazzling,
A soft brightness you might say.
You stare at the moon a long,
Long time, feeling calm, happy.
Then the moon gets smaller,
But brighter and brighter and brighter till you see it as a
Pearl, or a seed, but so bright
You can only just bear to look at it. The Pearl
starts to grow. And before you know what’s happened it’s
Kuan Yin herself, standing up against the sky
All dressed in gleaming white
And with her feet resting on a lotus
That floats in the waves.
You see her
Once you know how to do it
As clearly as I see you,
And there’s a halo
Round her head
She smiles at you
Such a lovely smile. She’s so glad
To see you that tears of happiness sparkle
In her eyes.
If you keep your mind calm,
By just whispering her name
and not trying too hard
She will stay a long
When she does go
It’s by getting smaller.
She doesn’t go back to being a pearl
But just gets so small
That at last you can’t see her. Then you notice
That the sky and sea
Have vanished too
Just Space is left.
Lovely, Lovely, Space. going on forever.
That Space stays long
If you can do without you. Not you and space, you see
—-by a Cantonese Woman
Kuan Yin in her white robes.
The moon over the ocean. Kuan Yin is there too. Photograph taken by and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013