Avalokitesvara or Avalokiteshvara is the most well known bodhisattva in Buddhism. He represents the Buddha's compassion. The name comprises four parts - ava, lok, ita and isvara. The first of these ava means down, the second lok means world and isvara means lord or master. The third ita is a suffix which makes the combined avalok verb into a noun. Together, the four imply lord who gazes downwards upon the world. The bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, as per Mahayana tradition, has decided against his own attainment of Buddhahood till the time he drives away the miseries of all human beings and assists them in achieving nirvana. Avalokitesvara is believed to have 357 forms (The Saddharma Pundarika Sutra - Mahayana scripture). Yin or Kuan Yin is the female form of Avalokitesvara and is worshipped in the east Asian countries like China and Tibet.
Different Names of Avalokitesvara
Tibet - Chenrezig
Mongolia - Migjid Janraisig, Xongsim Bodisadv-a, or Nidüber Üjegci
Different Names of Kuan Yin
Japan - Kannon, Kanzeon
Korea - Gwan-eum or Gwanse-eum
Vietnam - Quan Âm or Quan Th? Âm B? Tát
Celebrations of the Avalokitesvara's Or Kuan Yin Birthday
The celebration of the festival includes visiting temples and offering prayers to the bodhisattvas. In many countries, chanting ceremonies to appease the souls of the dead and release of wild animals is done. Sacrifices of fruits and vegetables are also made. Childless couple seek the blessings of Kuan Yin In order to beget a child.
Full Moon Day in March