August 10, 2009

Deaf-Mutes Perform:Thousand-Hand Guan Yin

Posted in Art : Beauty, Education, Philosophy, Poetry tagged , , , , , , at 2:09 am by randallbutisingh

This video has been submitted by Cyril Bryan – Guest Contributor, for inclusion in the Randall Butisingh Weblog.

This is an awesome dance called the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin, which is very popular on the Internet, with over six million views to date. All the 21 dancers in this troupe are deaf-mutes. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. They rely only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in  Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe which has traveled to more than 40 countries.
Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute.The video was recorded in  Beijing during the Spring Festival in 2006.

I have included this video as it exemplifies the philosophy of this Weblog of personal development irrespective of the setbacks or seeming shortcomings that one may have.

— Cyril Bryan

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Please click on the following link to view the video:

Deaf-Mutes Perform \”Thousand-Hand Guan Yin\”

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As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others.

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

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