Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan by John Blofeld

By John Blofeld

This portrait of the Buddhist embodiment of compassion is either an informative learn via a number one student of Buddhism and an enticing account of the author's look for the magical value of the goddess. An item of joyous devotion in chinese language people faith, Kuan Yin is respected for her saving energy: it really is acknowledged that any one in misery who calls on her with sincerity might be rescued from pain and damage. On a deeper point, Kuan Yin symbolizes the releasing power of compassion, that's an crucial reduction within the quest for enlightenment.

John Blofeld inspires the fascinating presence of Kuan Yin via colourful anecdotes, own stories, and outlines of Buddhist rituals and legends encountered in the course of his travels all through China. even as, he bargains a discovered account of the goddess's background and value in chinese language notion and faith. He explores the beginning of the Bodhisattva of Compassion in India and Tibet, within the type of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenresig), a male deity who developed into the light mother/maiden determine of chinese language Buddhism. Meditation and visualization innovations linked to Kuan Yin are given, and her vital iconographic varieties are defined. Illustrated with photographs from chinese language and Tibetan sacred artwork, the booklet additionally includes translations of devotional poems and yogic texts. Bodhisattva of Compassion is absolutely the main whole and illuminating photograph of Kuan Yin on hand.

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