Our household has an eclectic mix of religious beliefs and spiritual practices. Yakko is in seminary school studying to be a Wiccan priest. I consider myself to be spiritually eclectic with large Buddhist and Pagan (specifically, Wiccan) influences. Wakko is more the intellectual, scientist, “if I see it, I’ll believe it” type with an interest in Buddhism.
In Buddhism, Kuan Yin is a bodhisattva (meaning she forgoes her own enlightenment and keep being reincarnated until all reach enlightenment and there is no more suffering) of compassion. She is also known in come cultures as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name, in Chinese, roughly translates as “Observing the sound (or cries) of the World”
This past week was a rough one for our family, especially so for Yakko. Yakko had a death in his family – the second one within five months. This time it was quite sudden and unexpected. Yakko was gone several evenings last week being with family and attending the services. Each night he was gone, I lit a candle and placed it on our Kuan Yin shrine (photo on the left). Praying and lighting a candle is common in many cultures/religious practices. Even though I could not physically be with Yakko and support him, I lit a candle for him and his family. I asked that they have some feeling of peace and comfort through this very difficult time. Lighting a candle and placing it on the shrine was my way to be there for him.
The photo on the right is a photo of a Kuan Yin statue we purchased this past weekend and our local monthly antiques market. She is a large (over a foot tall) and heavy statue, made out of porcelain. I was so excited to be able to purchase the statue for $25! This statue currently resides on top of our piano in the living room.