Avalokiteshvara is the bodhisattva (or person on the path towards Buddhahood) who looks down with compassion upon the suffering of all beings.
In East Asia. This bodhisattva came to be popular in female form as Guanyin (China), Kannon (Japan) or Kwan Um (Korea), holding a willow branch and vase symbolic of her miraculous healing power.
In Tibet, Avalokiteshvara is known as Chenrezig; each Dalai Lama is regarded as the reincarnation of Chenrezig.
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