The Kwan Yin Collection


Kwan Yin is the divine energy of compassion and wisdom, the embodiment of pure intention and mercy in action.  She listens to everyone who speaks her name and provides support and comfort to all.  She is inexhaustible and infinite in her capacity to protect, guide and help those in need.

My journey with Kwan Yin began in 1984 when I first viewed this stunning life size wooden sculpture at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Experiencing the beauty, strength and serenity of this icon was life altering. So began my journey with the divine goddess of wisdom and compassion.

Wooden Icon circa 1850 a.d.

Over the decades, I have traveled to Japan, China, Korea and the Philippines - visiting temples, gardens, antique shops & bookstores...seeking to learn more about Kwan Yin.

From the wooden temples of Kyoto ... to the sacred island of Puto Shan in the South China Sea ... to the archaic caves of Dunhuang, I am amazed at the diversity and ubiquity of temples honoring Guan Shi Yin in China, Kannon in Japan and the many other names she is prayed to in almost all cultures of Southeast Asia.

CONTACT information:

The Kwan Yin Collection

Kate Emma Sample


Phone:  808-635-1584 (cell)

Om Mani Padme Hum

Sacred icons can be used for healing, prayer, meditation, guidance & creative inspiration.


About Kwan Yin


   Kuan Yin has been worshipped for centuries in many countries and many cultures: known as Avalokiteswara or Chenrezig in Tibet, Guan Yin or Quan Yin in China, Kannon in Japan, and Tara in India and Tibet.   Her name means “she who harkens to the cries of the world”. 

    She appears in many forms: male and female, miraculous and mundane. She is often seen wearing flowing white robes, holding a white lotus flower and pouring healing waters from a vase. Sometimes she is in a position of royal ease, or sitting on a lotus in a meditative pose practicing mudras - esoteric hand gestures. She can also manifest as a being with multiple heads, eyes, arms and hands - enabling her to see, hear and assist all sentient beings who call on her. She is the embodiment of the yin principle. She has the miraculous power to assume whatever form is necessary in order to carry out her vow to lead beings out of suffering.

Quan Yin is the Great Celestial Bodhisattva of Compassion. 

    A bodhisattva is a human who has reached enlightenment but has decided not to enter Nirvana and instead vows to live a life of compassionate service. In the Sutra named "The Mahayana Marks of the Treasure King " it says that Kuan-yin is greater than any buddha, and has created the world. She is the divine mother.

Om mani padme hum is derived from the Sanskrit, Devanagari ओं मणिपद्मे हूं

It is a mantra associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara. Mani means the jewel and Padma-the lotus. It is the six syllabled mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Chenrezig, Chinese Guanyin).  The mantra is especially revered by the devotees of the Dalai Lama, as he is said to be an incarnation of Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara.

Om Mani Padme Hum is said to contain the essence of all the teachings of the Buddha and will help one achieve perfection in the six practices: generosity, pure ethics, tolerance and patience, perseverance, concentration, and wisdom.  The Dali Lama, who is believed to be the current living incarnation of Kwan Yin, says, "From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion."

Each of us carries the seeds of compassion and enlightenment within.  Every person’s heart has been touched by random and intentional acts of loving kindness.  Those who sincerely work for the benefit of others without concern for fame, profit, social position or recognition truly honor and reflect the divine essence of Kwan Yin.


Statue at Buddhist Temple

Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawai’i