Kwan Yin (also spelled Kuan Yin or Quan Yin), is known as the Goddess
of Compassion, and she is one of the most popular deities in all of
Asia. Her name in Chinese roughly translates to "The One who Hears the
Cries of the World". Many believe that she is the female representation
of Avalokiteshvara, who is the Tibetan and Nepalese God of Compassion.
As a bodhisattva, she has chosen to put off her perfect enlightenment
for the benefit of beings everywhere, and she will wait as long as
there is one being who is not enlightened. This tall statue of Kwan Yin
is holding a vase of nectar. The vase represents wisdom quenching the
thirst of ignorance. The nectar also represents the relieving of
suffering since nectar is the food of hungry ghosts. Her other hand is
in the abhaya mudra, the gesture of discussion and debate which
indicates communication and the explanation of the Dharma. The tip of
the thumb and index finger touch, this being the gesture of great
compassion. She stands on a blooming lotus. A beautiful representation
of Kwan Yin, the Goddess of compassion!