“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…

There is something you must always remember.

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…

I'll always be with you."

"If with kind generosity
One merely has the wish to soothe
The aching hearts of other beings,
Such merit has no bounds."

Guan Yin was the daughter of a cruel father who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. She is known as Miao Shan, and her father is identified as Prince Zhuang of Chu.

Miao Shan was shown to be a Buddhist adept at a young age, chanting sutras when old enough to speak. She begged to be able to enter a temple and become a nun rather than enter into a marriage. Her father allowed her to work in the temple, but asked the monks to give her very hard chores in order to discourage her. The monks forced Miao Shan to work all day and all night, while others slept.

However, it is said that she was such a good person that the animals living around the temple began to help her with her chores.

Her father, seeing this, became so frustrated that he attempted to burn down the temple.

Miao Shan put out the fire with her bare hands and suffered no burns. Eventually she was murdered and made into the goddess Guan Yin for all of her kindness, and began her journey to heaven.

She was about to cross over into heaven when she heard a cry of suffering back on Earth. She asked to be sent back
and vowed to stay until all sufferings had ended.

Despite strenuous effort, she realized that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, it is said that her head split into eleven pieces.

Amitabha Buddha, seeing her plight, gave her eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Guan Yin attempted to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that her two arms also shattered into pieces.

Once more, Amitabha came to her aid and gave her a thousand arms with which to aid the many.

“A cat sits until it is done sitting, and then gets up, stretches, and walks away.” 
~ Alan Watts

“A human being is part of a whole called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” 
~ Albert Einstein

“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”
~ Yoda

Life and Death are but an illusion.
Happy and Sad are just a state of mind.
Love and Compassion alleviates the suffering
Of All sentient Beings — those who have been
our Mothers and our Fathers.
To recognize the interconnectedness of all beings
Is to know peace.


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