Guanyin is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin which means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World". Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus then sent home to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī.
Mural adorning the walls of an outdoor temple in the heart of Chinatown, Bangkok. Guanyin has a willow branch in one hand displaying her gentle nature and a vase pouring healing nectar in the other hand. She rides the back of a dragon on ocean waves with confidence and command. She is known as the one who hears the cries of the world.