Guanyin—she is the Bodhisattva of Great Mercy, who hears the cries of the world. Ancient Sanskrit called her Avalokitesvara, the embodied compassion of all buddhas. Some myths say she has one thousand hands and eyes. Others whisper she was the mother of the Buddha. Yet, her true nature goes beyond her many names and faces. She is part of the very fabric of the universe itself.
—John Tarrant Roshi
Allison Atwill gives a Summer retreat talk on the koan, How Does the Bodhisattva of Great Mercy Use All Those Hands and Eyes, telling stories of shifting precarious family relationships from sibling rivalry toward greater intimacy.