The embodiment of the feminine divine in Chinese Buddhism, the Bodhisattva Kwan Yin (Guan Yin or Quan Yin) “hears the cries of the suffering of this world and responds with a quivering heart.” Known also as the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy, she is said to have forsaken Buddha-hood in order to return to earth and help all sentient beings transcend suffering and find enlightenment.
Kwan Yin is frequently depicted riding the back of a dragon, carrying a flask of water in one hand and a willow branch in the other. The dragon is the celestial guardian, bringing the bodhisattva from heaven to earth in response to our needs. The flask or vase of water holds the "dew of compassion," which is endlessly dispensed to relieve suffering, remove the defilements of our body, mind and spirit, and lengthen our life. The willow branch is said to heal illnesses and fulfill requests.
As channeled by Meg, it is not unusual for the Goddess to share your tears or to break into her distinctive joyful laughter. Her foundational message is that forgiveness and love of Self — the discovery of true peace within — is the greatest contribution we can make as individuals to world peace. Whether her approach is soft and questioning or sharp and direct, Kwan Yin’s “quivering heart” is ever present as she holds us in the energy of her infinitely compassionate embrace while guiding us to understand and experience our own innate divinity.
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The words 'chi sin' (pronounced CHEE seen) embody the spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin. Their meaning relates to cultivating a benevolent, compassionate and charitable heart. Kwan Yin teaches us that this process begins with awakening empathy, love and compassion for the self first, then extending it outward from the heart. Chi Sin Meditation is devoted to opening and balancing the heart through the multi-layered applications of Sum Faht meditation, Taoist energy cultivation and healing, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, and the principles of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
Meg McLaughlin is a native Californian who worked as a writer for children's animated television shows such as CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, SPIDERMAN, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK. She has been a practitioner of Sum Faht Meditation for 29 years. Meg decided to make Sum Faht her primary focus when she became the initiated student of , who brought this practice to the US from the Chinese community in Malaysia more than 30 years ago. She has traveled with, and worked as Sifu Tan's apprentice since 1999. Meg also received training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, building on her interest in the effects of meditation and subtle energy on the brain and healing mood disorders. She brings her experience to us in the form of weekend workshops, retreats and private sessions. In these formats, she is able to offer instruction and support as herself, as well as in a trance-channel state, in meditation, intuitive guidance and energy balancing.