Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion

The following collage is based on a work of art called “Bodhisattva of Compassion (Guanyin),” located in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Asian Art wing.

In searching for a verse to accompany the image, I was reminded of the following song lyrics:

Wake up the dawn and ask her why
A dreamer dreams she never dies
Wipe that tear away now from your eyes

-Oasis, “Champagne Supernova*”

The last line seems especially appropriate, as it might well have been uttered by Guanyin–the bodhisattva of compassion in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Legend has it that Guanyin hears the cries of the world’s people and promises to transform individual suffering into enlightenment. It’s a tall order, no? But what a lovely image . . . I hope you enjoy. 🙂
*According to NASA, the definition of a supernova is “(a) The death explosion of a massive star, resulting in a sharp increase in brightness followed by a gradual fading.”

2 responses to “Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion”

  1. Always loved that Oasis song. And what a graceful bodhisattva you chose for your piece! Very nice work.

  2. Thanks for stopping by to offer your words of encouragement, Patricia; I’m so glad you enjoyed the image. And the song’s a gem, isn’t it? Takes a while to get through, though; I think the long version runs 8 minutes or so.

    Happy Thursday to you! -G

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