Women Turn to Bodhisattva Kwan Yin

August 17, 2004

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser


On August 17, 2004 the Honolulu Advertiser reported, "In 1977, Kathy Phillips discovered Kwan Yin at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Women in search of a connection to the divine feminine have long turned to this bodhisattva — also known as Kwan Yin — for guidance... Today, more than a quarter century later, Phillips can relax herself, with a book of poems about Kwan Yin about to make its debut at local bookstores. 'This Isn't a Picture I'm Holding: Kuan Yin' has been published by the University of Hawai'i Press and will be available Friday... Like others who have paid homage to the bodhisattva who has inspired generations of women, Buddhist and otherwise, in Kwan Yin, Phillips has found comfort in the concepts the ancient figure embodies: compassion, enlightenment and mercy. Kwan Yin is inspiring women to find their divine feminine, and inspiring cultures to embrace their softer — dare we say maternal? — side."