Kuan Yin is one of the most beloved and popular Eastern divinities. A physically and spiritually beautiful Chinese Goddess of mercy, compassion, and protection, her name means 'she who hears prayer.' Kuan Yin does, in fact, hear and answer every prayer sent her way.

Kuan Yin is both a Goddess and a Bodhisattva, which means 'enlightened being'. Bodhisattvas can become a Buddha; however, Kuan Yin has such a deep love for humanity that after she attained enlightenment, instead of ascending to Buddhahood, she chose to remain in human form until every one of us becomes enlightened. She's devoted to helping us fully open up to our spiritual gifts, attain profound knowledge and enlightenment and reduce world suffering. It's said that the mere uttering of her name affords guaranteed protection from harm.

Kuan Yin is often called 'the Mother Mary of the East' because she represents feminine divinity and Goddess energy in the Buddhist religion, in the same way that Mary radiates sweet loving femininity within Christianity. Kuan Yin teaches us to practice a life of harmlessness, using great care to ease suffering in the world and not add to it in any way. You may see the colour red when she’s around, such as red sparkles of light or a red mist that appears from out of nowhere.


  • Clairvoyance

  • Compassion

  • Feminine grace, beauty, and power

  • Kindness, gentleness and sweetness toward yourself and others

  • Love, receiving and giving

  • Mercy

  • Musical abilities, developing (especially singing)

  • Protection - especially for women and children

  • Spiritual enlightenment and gifts


Kuan Yin always hears and answers our prayers, and no special ritual is necessary to contact her. However, you may feel a more heart-cantered connection with her through the use of flowers. For instance, hold a blossom, gaze at a budding plant or bouquet, or draw or look at a picture of flowers. Those who work closely with Kuan Yin often chant the mantra:

Om Mani Padme Hum

which means "Hail to the jewel in the lotus flower".

One prayer that will help you invoke Kuan Yin is:


"Beloved Kuan Yin, please hear the prayers within my heart. Please uncover and understand what my true needs are. I ask for your intervention into the areas of my life that are triggering pain. Please come to my aid and assistance, guiding me to see my situation in a new light of love and compassion. Please help me to be like you and live peacefully and purposefully."



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