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Avalokiteśvara or Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit, lit. "Lord who looks down") is the bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.

He is the most widely revered bodhisattva in Buddhism. In East Asia, the bodhisattva is known as Kuan Yin or Kannon, both of which are female manifestations.

In Tibetan Buddhism, Avalokiteśvara is known as Chenrezig, and also as Padmapani ("Holder of the Lotus"). In Mongolia, he is Janraisag as well as Chenrezig.

In the Theravada tradition of Southeast Asia, Avalokiteśvara is known as Lokesvara ("Lord of the World"). Tibetan Buddhism also relates Chenrezig to the foremost mantra, the six-syllable Om Mani Padme Hum. Thus Chenrezig is also called Shadakshari ("Lord of the Six Syllables").

The Maha Karuna Dharani Sutra, also known as the Great Compassion Mantra, includes the 82 syllable mantra spoken by Avalokiteśvara to the assembly of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and extols the merits of chanting the mantra. This mantra is popular in China, Japan and Taiwan.

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