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 research through a number one student of Buddhism and a fascinating 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 truly is stated that anybody in misery who calls on her with sincerity can be rescued from discomfort and damage. On a deeper point, Kuan Yin symbolizes the releasing strength of compassion, that's an vital reduction within the quest for enlightenment.

John Blofeld conjures up the fascinating presence of Kuan Yin via colourful anecdotes, own reviews, and outlines of Buddhist rituals and legends encountered in the course of his travels all through China. whilst, he bargains a discovered account of the goddess's historical past and value in chinese language notion and faith. He explores the foundation 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 thoughts linked to Kuan Yin are given, and her vital iconographic types are defined. Illustrated with pictures from chinese language and Tibetan sacred paintings, the publication additionally includes translations of devotional poems and yogic texts. Bodhisattva of Compassion is surely the main whole and illuminating photo of Kuan Yin on hand.

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