Cultures & Traditions


Avalokiteshvara is one of the most popular bodhisattvas, as he is a great compassionate and merciful being who saves people from suffering and misery. He resides in a transcendent paradise and enters the world to rescue living beings from their difficulties and guide them to paradise where they can readily gain enlightenment. In China, Avalokiteshvara is known as Guanyin, and presented as female rather than male.

Adapted from

A. Lesovsky, DMA Unpublished material, 2013.