Avalokitesvara looks down from the Buddha realm of Amitabha Buddha ready to respond to our needs.
His/Her name means "The Lord the Looks Down." In Tibet, the Dalai Lama is believed to be the emanation body of Avalokitesvara. In art, s/he is shown with many arms ready to respond to the many needs all at the same time
. How wonderful. In East Avalokitesvara is portrayed as a woman, called Kuan-yin in China and Kannon in Japan.