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Chenrezig

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

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。

觀世音菩薩是東亞民間普遍敬仰崇拜的菩薩,在各種大乘佛教圖像或造像中觀世音菩薩像也最為常見,而且種類繁多,變化極大。佛教的經典上說觀世音菩薩的悲心廣大,世間眾生無論遭遇何種災難,若一心稱念觀世音菩薩聖號,菩薩即時尋聲赴感,使之離苦得樂,故人稱「大慈大悲觀世音菩薩」,為佛教中知名度最高的大菩薩,有「家家阿彌陀,戶戶觀世音」的讚譽。

大乘佛教佛经称某些菩萨在远古已成佛,祂們以大慈悲心,为度众生示現菩薩形象,重入世間教化救苦。观世音菩萨即是其中之一;过去佛号是正法明如来。觀世音在民間的形象變化和歷史時間、地域、風俗有很大關係,是百姓信仰的產物。

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