Quan Yin: The Goddess of compassionate love
For centuries, Quan Yin has epitomized the great ideal of Mahayana Buddism in her role as "bodhisattva", literally a being of bodhi, or enlightenment, who is destined to become a Buddha but has forgone the bliss of Nirvana with a vow to save all children. She is the goddess of compassionate love. Quan Yin was so concerned for humanity that, upon receiving enlightenment, she chose to retain human form rather than transcending it as pure energy. Quan Yin means the goddess who hears the weeping world. The mere utterance of her name in prayer was said to assure salvation from physical and spiritual harm.
Quan Yin carries the Goddess and Divine Mother aspect of Buddhism. The same Goddess and Divine energy carried by the Virgin Mary in Christianity. In the Eqyptian mysteries it is carried by Isis. In Hinduism it is carried by Shakti. In Tibetan Buddhism she is roughly the equivalent to Green Tara. In Korea, Japan, and China she is called Quan Yin. She is the celestial bodhisatta and an ascended master.
Buddhist mythology tells of Avalokitesvara being born from a ray of light that sprang from Amitabha Buddha's right eye. He immediately said, "Om Mane Padme Hum". This is one of the mantras by which he can be invoked in Buddhist tradition. Avslokitesvara and Quan Yin are embodiments of mercy and compassion.