This is a cottage herb garden in Chelsea, London. I know I keep on about gardens lately but it is SPRING! and English gardens are marvellous and these purples are too lovely for words. (serendipity patch on pinterest.com)
Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion. Kuan means Earth and Yin is the female life force. She is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in female form for the benefit of all beings. By iconographic category and hierarchy she is a meditational deity and her appearance is that of a peaceful deity. Kuan Yin has strength which is embraced by softness.