Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunlit Sunday - Compassion


Kwan Yin

Having spent my first fourteen years in Vietnam, I am familiar with some deities who play important roles in the Vietnamese culture.  My favorite is Quan Am (in Vietnamese), more popularly known as Guan Yin or Kwan Yin (in Chinese).  She is a Bodhisattva of unconditional love, compassion, and mercy.  Being Christian, I don't consider Quan Am a deity, but I do love what she symbolizes: compassion, mercy and grace.  These qualities have been artfully combined to create a beautiful and graceful lady in a long (usually white) flowing gown.  I also love the Far Eastern art that is reflected in her.  This is one of the ways Quan Am is portrayed in Vietnam.







Quan Am depicted in a painting
Source: http://hoavouu.com/D_1-2_2-93_4-24747/33-ung-hoa-than-cua-bo-tat-quan-the-am-3.html



Hop over to Karen's Sunlit Sunday 
for other sunny photos.

Have a beautiful week, 
Christa




30 comments:

  1. Your photos are beautiful. One of my favorite places are the Asian galleries at the Metropolitan Museum. So enjoy seeing and learning about the art there.

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    1. Hi Carol, NYC is such an amazing city. I lived in the city for over one year between college and law school and loved it. My daughters and I still take our yearly trip to the city for Broadway shows, food and shopping (of course).

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  3. Good Morning, Christa

    I enjoyed reading a bit about Quan Am and her significance. We could always use a little more love, compassion, and mercy. In the statue, she looks so peaceful in the shafts of sunlight, bringing her message to Sunlit Sunday.

    It must have been quite the change for you, in your early teens, moving from Vietnam to the United States.

    Karen

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    1. Karen, it was quite a change. I came to the US to go to college. Fortunately, the college I attended had a very good program for foreign students. After college I lived in New York City for a little over a year. NYC is such a great city with a diverse population. So, for about 5ish years, I was able to assimilate slowly into the American culture. It was a painless process. I was very lucky.

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  4. Interesting background on the sculpture!!! Dramatically lighted with dapples sunlight!

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    1. 'dappled' instead of dapples...sorry.

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    2. Thanks Anni. I was struck by how beautiful and peaceful Quan Am looked when I first saw the sun shining on her.

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  5. A lovely sculpture, and the lady does stand for some worthy virtues.

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    1. Agreed! She is my constant reminder to be kind to those around me.

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  6. Lovely statue- and what admirable qualities

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    1. Hi Angela, yes, Quan Am is lovely in many ways.

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  7. This is a beautiful statue. I like the lighting and the window reflections in the background. Thanks for visiting and your comment. I hope you have a good week with spring-like weather.

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    1. Hi Pamela, our garden is waking up. I can't wait for our flowers to come out.

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  8. Christa...lovely photos! Can't we all benefit from unconditional love, compassion, and mercy? I love how we learn things about each other ...as if in layers...shared bit by bit. Vietnam and law school...and now flowing your bliss in the beautiful countryside! Smiles...Susan

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    1. Hi Susan, if you asked me 20 years ago where I see myself spending my free time when I am in my 50s, I would have
      said a condo in NYC overlooking Central Park. Funny how things change, right? I still love visiting NYC, but nature fascinates me. Our farm in Virginia also makes my farmer-wanna-be hubby very happy.

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  9. My dear friends Dana and Kim are from Vietnam. I will have to ask them more about Quan Am.

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  10. A beautiful statue symbolizing virtues we can all practice. Were your parents working in Vietnam? Our children were born in Ecuador and I think that being raised in another culture has enriched their lives and broadened their world view. Have you found the same?
    Have a wonderful week, Christa.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, it's neat that your children were born in Ecuador. I agree that having the opportunity to live in another country for an extended period of time helps broaden a person's view of the world and his/her appreciation for and tolerance of differences.

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  11. Christa, I tried to answer The question you asked on my blog, but it says you are a non reply commentor. I may have tried to respond to other comments as well that you would not have received.
    Perhaps you can let me know an email address and I can forward the info.

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    1. Joan, that's strange. I am not sure how to fix that. I will email you.

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  12. Wonderful story and meaning behind the statue a wonderful feeling we can all live by. She stands strong with the light shining through the window towards her.

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    1. Indeed Cindy, those are virtues we should try to live by! Have a wonderful weekend. Christa

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  13. Lovely pictures and back story. Compassion--such a wonderful thing to embody.

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    1. Hello Jen, Quan Am is my daily reminder of the virtues she embodies.

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  14. Lovely image of a lovely little statue.
    Have a great week!
    Ingrid

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  15. Hi Christa,

    Thank you for this very interesting introduction to Quan Am, a beautiful deity both for what she represents as well as the expression of grace in her eyes and sweet smile. Without compassion, we are lifeless.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend from still snowy Toronto!

    Poppy

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    1. Hello Poppy, so glad to hear from you. Are you enjoying the snow in Toronto? Quite different from Crete!

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