The word Bodhisattva is a conjoined Sanskrit word consisting of the word bodhi meaning “enlightenment” or “awakening” and sattva, defined as “sentient being” or “intention” or “courage”. In his book, Faces of Compassion, Taigen Dan Leighton writes “Bodhisattva’s are enlightened , radiant beings who exist in innumerable forms, valiantly functioning in helpful ways right in the middle of the busy-ness of the world” (26). Thus, the bodhisattva energy on earth is the emanation of a celestial body who chooses to remains on earth to alleviate the suffering of all sentient beings.
The dancers are part of the Disabled Dance Troupe of The Peoples Republic of China. They themselves are deaf and mute, but, by the beauty of their dance, they bring the essence of compassion to this extraordinary group of disabled athletes. Watch this beautiful dance and learn the iconography of the very popular celestial being, Guan Yin.