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Guanyin is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World". She is also sometimes referred to as Guanyin Pusa. Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī.

It is generally accepted among East Asian adherents that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara. Guanyin is also revered by Chinese Taoists (or Daoists) as an Immortal. However, in folk traditions such as Chinese mythology, there are other stories about Guanyin's origins that are outside jatakas of Avalokiteśvara recorded in Buddhist sutras.


觀世音菩薩 ,又譯為觀自在菩薩、光世音菩薩。大乘佛教西方极乐世界教主阿彌陀佛座下的上首菩薩,同大势至菩薩一起,為阿彌陀佛的左、右脅侍菩薩,並稱「西方三聖」。同時祂也是四大菩薩之一。



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