Quan Yin (also called Kwan Yin, Kuan Yin and Guan Yin) is a major figure in Buddhism, and one of the most popular used in feng shui to get rid of negative energy.
The name “Quan Yin” means “hearing the sounds of the world's pain”, so she is known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion throughout Asia. However, originally she was not a goddess but a holder of great wisdom. Also, she was not a woman but a man.
The earliest form of Quan Yin was in India, and was called Avalokiteshvara. According to legend, he was a Buddhist saint who vowed to return to the world again and again to help all beings gain freedom from suffering. For this reason he is often pictured with a thousand arms and heads.
In Tibet he was given the name Chenrezig, and the spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, is said to be his incarnation.
Images of Quan Yin
Quan Yin is shown in many ways, usually in the act of giving. For instance, she holds the pearls of illumination, a bundle of rice or other food, pours nectar from a vase, or holds her hands in certain gestures of caring and peacefulness.
Placing Quan Yin close to the front door, facing the entrance, will create protective energy at your entrance. It is also the most welcoming sight when you come home.
Match the colour and material of your Quan Yin figure with the element of the area in your home, and she will strengthen that area.
White figures should go in the West (Metal) area, and green in the East (Wood).
A height of at least one metre is recommended for the best feng shui position.
If you know your personal feng shui reading for negative influences in a particular year, place Quan Yin in an area which is negatively influenced.
Never put Quan Yin on the floor, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, or any unclean place.