The Quan Yin Training Center for Compassionate Learning
The Origins of the Quan Yin Training Center
The Quan Yin Center for Compassionate Learning was named after Quan Yin, the goddess of compassion. Quan Yin said that she would not enter into heaven until all had gone before her. I have always thought how generous and humble a gesture. Her divine quality was mercy, forgiveness, and compassion. She was a great healer and also worked with healers to bring wellness to the emotional body, not unlike our mindfulness practices that we strive to achieve here at our Quan Yin Center.
The Quan Yin Center for Compassionate Learning was named after Quan Yin, the goddess of compassion. Quan Yin (also spelled Quan Shi Yin or Kwan Yin) said that she would not enter into heaven until all had gone before her — a most generous and humble gesture. Her divine quality is mercy, forgiveness, and compassion. She is a great healer and also works with healers to bring wellness to the emotional body.
Quan means “to inquire or look deeply into”, Shi means “the people of the world as generations”, Yinmeans “cries”. The Boddhisatva of Compassion inquires into the cries or suffering that is echoing through the generations. She is often shown with a thousand arms and multiple eyes, heads, and hands, and sometimes with an eye in the palm of each hand. This is commonly called “the thousand-eyes, thousand-arms” bodhisattva. In this aspect she is the omnipresent Divine Mother, looking in every direction at once, sensing the problems of humanity. She is reaching out to console and soothe all beings with boundless infinite expressions of her compassion and mercy.
Kwan Yin’s role as Buddhist Madonna has been compared to that of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the West. Because of a profound trust in Kwan Yin’s saving grace and healing powers, many believe that even the simple recitation of her name will bring her instantly to one’s side.