Potter Figures of Kwan-yin From The Forest of Stone Tablets
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Kwan-yin is, first of all, the pre-eminent goddess in all of Asia. You find her in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Burma, Thailand and other countries. Then, in the Buddhist tradition, she is the Celestial Bodhisattva of Compassion. What is a bodhisattva? That is someone who does spiritual practice with the goal of achieving full enlightenment, but just before she arrives at that point, she turns back into the world and says, "No, I will not achieve liberation until all beings have been set free. " Then she steps into the world and works to alleviate suffering and to awaken beings to their true nature.