Skip to comments.Thousand Hands Of Guan Yin (Moving Performance)
Posted on 12/06/2006 7:17:49 AM PST by najida
One of my dance students sent me this last week and I was in tears watching it. It's beautiful on its own, but what makes it so heart wrenching is all the dancers are deaf-mutes. And no, there are no special effects, those are real arms.
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I saw that when you showed it to me last week. That is quite an accomplishment to coriograph that.
Sometimes I like to experience the arts in a way that nourishes my soul and cleanses my being... oh, is that a cheetoz on the floor over there?
Guan Yin and the Thousand Arms
One Buddhist legend presents Kuan Yin as vowing to never rest until he had freed all sentient beings from samsara, reincarnation. Despite strenuous effort, he realized that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his head split into eleven pieces. Amitabha Buddha, seeing his plight, gave him eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokitesvara attempted to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that his two arms shattered into pieces. Once more, Amitabha came to his aid and appointed him a thousand arms with which to aid the many. Many Himalayan versions of the tale include eight arms with which Avalokitesvara skilfully upholds the Dharma, each possessing its own particular implement, while more Chinese-specific ones give varying accounts of this number.
Thank you for that....
it makes it even prettier. :)
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