Goddess of Compassion (YongFu Temple, Hangzhou)

September 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
I was incredibly lucky and wasn´t discovered until I had all the exposures I needed, despite all the shutter noise :)
 
This is the type of scene the combination of D800 + 14-24 F2.8 is ideal for: the image contains a staggering amount of details, even on 100% - crop to follow in another upload.
(Original resolution: 7359x4911)
 
Location - Info:
Yong Fu Temple in Hangzhou. A Buddhist scene depicting GuanYin (Bodhisattva) and a great number of incredibly detailed lesser buddhas.
Yong Fu is one of the smaller, thankfully less frequented temples in the area surrounding Linying monastery in the Wulin mountains.
The Wuling Mountains area is a major centre of Chan Buddhism in south-eastern China. A number of smaller temples are also located in the area. 
 
Statue - Info:
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". She is also sometimes referred to as Guanyin Pusa (simplified Chinese: 观音菩萨; traditional Chinese: 觀音菩薩; pinyin: Guānyīn Púsà; literally "Bodhisattva Guanyin").[1] Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī.[2]
It is generally accepted among East Asian adherents that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara (अवलोकितेश्वर). Commonly known in English as the Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy,[3] Guanyin is also revered by Chinese Taoists (or Daoists) as an Immortal. However, in folk traditions such as Chinese mythology, there are other stories about Guanyin's origins that are outside jatakas of Avalokiteśvara recorded in Buddhist sutras.
 
 


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