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Mystical Journey to Quan Yin
By Hope Bradford
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Also known as Avalokitesvara, Laskadyo, Water, Moon Goddess, and Deity with A Thousand Eyes, Quan Yin is worshipped at temples, pagodas and shrines throughout the world.

Mystical Journey to Quan Yin: An Alphabetical Compilation of Quan Yin Temple and Pilgrimage Sites
© 2010 Hope Bradford

Seeking Quan Yin’s living presence, many go on pilgrimage to those places containing her sacred sites and temples. There they can worship her, drinking in her loving and comforting spirit. Visiting temples, shrines and pagodas throughout the East, one can be in her essence, viewing her form as both sculpture and temple bass-relief. When viewing these magnificent artifacts, it can be helpful to understand Quan Yin’s ancient and complex spiritual evolution.

Within “Oracle of Compassion: Kuan Yin’s Eternal Wisdom”, Quan Yin reveals the appropriate mindset and reasons for visiting Her and other deities’ spiritual abodes. Indeed, according to Quan Yin, one will eventually be magnetized to (or is chosen by) a diva best suited for his or her individual spiritual needs. One traverses to the local temple, hidden cave or faraway mountain as a seeker of wisdom and mercy. Taking only that which is considered essential, each seeker embarks upon his or her personal journey of the spirit. In the following passage, Quan Yin discusses some of her places of potency with psychic channel, Lena Lees, and the importance of going on pilgrimage:

“Living in places (that you, Lena, are now experiencing during trance) exuding a natural and intense spirituality, brings one closer to a simpler kind of life. While remnants of Western culture can still seep in, these places remain largely unchanged from their ancient traditions. I’d like you to experience this place, as it will make you more whole, more able to help others.”

During the following trance exchange, Lena experienced the spiritual significance of Quan Yin’s temples and other sacred sites:

“I see Quan Yin. Quickly, she walks in front of me, pointing the way. We are entering the mouth of a cave. It’s so interesting. I see stairs carved out of rock in the cave. We walk up the stairs to a door. I know somehow that it’s just another entrance, a doorway to another time, place. Perhaps at another historical time monks lived here. Now,” continues Lena, “I’m seeing a huge image, a beautiful statue of Kuan Yin at the top of the mountain. There are stairs leading up to her and it is as if I’m right on location, standing alongside a group of worshippers. I feel the potency of her energy. In these places (perhaps China or Vietnam) there is a feeling of being immersed in, supported by Her presence. There is a need (by the people) to know more, to pick up and accumulate wisdom.”

Upon completion of the pilgrimage, one would hope to retain some portion of the sacred journey for the rest of his or her life. Returning to any stress and strains of the real world, one will probably wish to continue to hold in their heart this new way of being, forever after.

An Alphabetical Compilation of Quan Yin Pilgrimage Sites:

Angkor Thom:
Bayon temple: Surrounded by the protective walls of Angkor Thom is Bayon temple, a monumental architectural achievement. Four watching heads of Kuan Yin mark the cardinal directions: north, south, east and west.

Zhejiang Province:
Puji Temple: (Pu Tuo Shan China). Near Puji Temple (Zen Temple of Universal Salvation) is an inspiring statue of Kuan Yin.

Kuan Yin Temple: the oldest standing Chinese temple in Hawaii.

Kailash Temple: (Part of Ellora Cave Complex) 34 cave temples were carved from the hillside with hand tools. The massive Kailash Temple was constructed in the hillside. The chief Bodhisattava of Mahayana is considered to be Kuan Yin.

Avalokitesvara/Macchendranath/Lokesvara Shrines
Bungamati Temple: houses Rato (Red) Macchendranath

Co Baha, Chobar: Anandadi Lokesvara Shrine

Laskadyaya Baha, Bhaktapur: Laskadyo (Avalokitesvara) Shrine

Lokesvara Baha, Nala: Lokesvara (Avalokitesvara) Shrine
Ta Baha, Thimi: Lokesvara (Avalokitesvara) Shrine

Kannon Bosatsu: (Avalokitesvara): As has been illustrated throughout “Oracle of Compassion: Kuan Yin’s Eternal Wisdom”, the Kannon may appear as numerous manifestations and is frequently depicted possessing a thousand arms. However in Japan the Deity is said to also appear in thirty-three specific forms referred to as the keshin.

A-Ma Temple, Kun lam Temple, Lin Fung Temple; Jakarta, Haeinsa Temple; Central Java, Candi Medut Monastery, Guimet Museum

Eastern Province of Honshu:
The Saikoku pilgrimage route is located in the Eastern Province of Japan for pilgrimages to Kannon (Kuan Yin). The Bando pilgrimage route (in the Eastern Province of Honshu) is considered the most important after the original Saikoku pilgrimage. Kamakura is where the first four sites on the Bando pilgrimage list are located.

Hase Temple:
This Jodo temple displays an eleven-headed statue of Kannon, (Kuan Yin), the Goddess of Compassion.

Chonggyesa Temple:
The South-Korean temple erected to honor deity Kuan Yin.

Jalan Kapitan Keling:
Kuan Yin, (Goddess of Mercy) Temple, at Jalan Kapitan Keling. Known as the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy, the statue of Kuan Yin shows a composed woman with eighteen arms.

Ayer Hitam Temple:
In Southeast Asia most of the Mahayana temples are filled with images of Kuan Yin and other bodhisattvas worshipped by the faithful.

Waterloo St., Singapore, Singapore:
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple:
Containing many altars, the interior of this popular temple, known as “Kwan Im”, evokes a sense of deep spiritual tradition.

Siong Lim Temple and Gardens:
Adjacent to the main hall, Kuan Yin, (the Goddess of Mercy), has her shrine.

Thian Hock Keng Temple:
The Temple of Heavenly Happiness is one of Singapore's oldest and largest Chinese temples.

At the mouth of the Tamshui River, Mt. Kuanyin is a natural formation, created from the flowing lava of a volcano that erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Red Mountain: Located on Red Mountain in Tibet, Potala Palace has, throughout antiquity, been associated with the legacy of Avalokitesvara. Originally portrayed as male, the Kannon Avalokitesvara is believed to have evolved from male to female: transforming into Bodhisattva Kuan Yin, the "mother of the human race."

Dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, considered the most sacred and ancient Chinese Taoist temple is Put Jaw temple.

In Cholon there is the Quan Am (Kuan Yin) Pagoda.

When traveling to these places, you might want to read the following Kuan Yin books:

Oracle of Compassion: Kuan Yin’s Eternal Wisdom (The Abridged Version of "The Living Word of Kuan Yin: The Teachings & Prophecies of the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy".

Beneficial Law of Attraction: the Manifestation Teachings

The Living Word of Kuan Yin

       Web Site: Oracle of Compassion: Kuan Yin's Eternal Wisdom

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