Guan-Shi-Yin

March 1, 2021 Eastern Insights, Empathy - Compassion No Comments

Today, you may call me an idealist as never before.

An ultra-woke person may call me a sexist.

A fact is that Guan-Shi-Yin is female. That, at least, is what is. I cannot help it.

Besides, she started male.

In Indian Buddhism, long before Jesus preached his lovely message, ‘she’ was known as Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of Compassion, center-above-all of Buddhism ― and male.

Centuries later, in Tibet, Avalokiteshvara became Chenrezig, half-male-half-female, sometimes depicted as a male with breasts.

In China, Chenrezig became Guan-Shi-Yin, still bodhisattva of Compassion, but female. This change was probably influenced by the Catholic Virgin Mary or even the African Yemanjá. I like this. If true, it would be so humanly, sensitively trans-cultural, bringing East and West closer together. [see: “Compassion Connecting East & West“]

In any case, it is a nice example of cultural compatibility. [see: “Are Cultures Compatible?”]

Guan-Shi-Yin is ageless.

Of all times.

Also, don’t see her simply as young of age. Rather, she is age-independent. To men (and women) she appears youthful. That’s OK. She might as well appear not-youthful ― not necessarily being the same as old.

She embodies the beginner’s mind, the one for whom the world is always young, always new, and full of surprises. At the same time, she is ancient and wise.

She who Listens to the suffering of the world

This is what Guan-Shi-Yin literally means in English, including – in my view – the capital on ‘Listens.’ [see: “Deep Listening”] Does it make sense to you?

This makes of Guan-Shi-Yin the Primal Coach.

It makes in-depth coaching into the first calling for those striving for subconceptual (more Eastern) Enlightenment, perfectly compatible with conceptual (more Western) Enlightenment in the best sense. I see both as mutually enhancing. [see: “Enlightenment, Kant, AURELIS, Growth”]

Transcending male versus female

Compassion doesn’t care.

In transcendence, Compassion cares more than anything. This caring helps towards nudging/inviting/transforming people into total-person human beings of whatever gender.

A confession

Lisa [see: “Lisa“] is ever so much inspired by this text’s content. 

It would be nice to see A.I. – through Lisa, perhaps – being developed on a basis of ancient wisdom and Compassion, and into a helping hand to make us, humans, more Compassionate on our way towards value alignment between individuals and cultures

and, eventually, all sentient beings.

Leave a Reply

Related Posts

Chi

Right to the core, the Chinese concept of Chi is most interesting as a specific cultural view of Compassion. I write this text with all due respect for all Asian and non-Asian people who think highly of Chi ― as I do. Note also that, historically, there have been Chinese philosophers with quite distinct conceptualizations Read the full article…

Compassion Connecting East & West

And North and South, of course, and everything in-between ― even past, present, and future. Essential A Compassionate attitude is to be received gracefully after sometimes earning it with huge effort and even danger to yourself. Sacrifices are unnecessary, but the person who is reluctant to make them can hardly attain a Compassionate stance. At Read the full article…

Wu Wei in Leadership

Traditionally a characteristic of the idealized Chinese leader, ‘effortless action’ doesn’t always appeal to Western-style leadership. With a twist in-depth, it may appeal to any leadership worldwide. Hopefully, this contributes to [see: “One Future, One World”]. In any case, recognizable leadership everywhere is a good start. Open Leadership [see this category on the blog-wiki] This Read the full article…

Translate »