In Chinese Buddhism, "Quan Yin" is often portrayed in spiritual art. She is known as the goddess of mercy and compassion. Many Eastern religions revere this personification because she represents the motherly aspect of God. In this painting, Chi-Jen Liu shows Quan Yin descending from heavenly realms. She smiles and pours riches upon the school and organic farm below. The school represents cultivation of intelligent and progressive thinking. The farm symbolizes living in harmony with nature by growing food without polluting the planet and poisoning our bodies.
Chi-Jen Liu further illustrates his vision of an ideal society. At the bottom left, ships approach a city of the future. They come from distant places to share global ideas and goods with others. Meanwhile, eight dragons are revealed from behind swirling clouds. They are messengers of peace and bless the harmonious exchange between cultures.
In the calligraphy on the right, Chi-Jen Liu explains his message, "When you encounter opportunities for wealth and achievement, Quan Yin encourages you to choose the path of compassion instead of greed." He points out that many of our environmental problems, widespread disease and financial downfalls are caused by selfishness, ignorance and fast profit. However, this negative trend can change if we make the effort to give more than we receive. Few people are able to take the path of compassion, but he hopes this painting allows people to see the beauty and wealth that comes from selflessness and patience.