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Jizo Bodhisattva: guardian of children, travelers, and other voyagers

by Jan Chozen Bays

Jizo is an important bodhisattva or saint of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Most prominent today in Japanese Zen, Jizo is understood to be the protector of those journeying through the physical and spiritual realms. This bodhisattva is closely associated with children, believed to be their guardian before birth, throughout childhood, and after death.

Here, an American Zen master offers an engaging and informative overview of the history of this important figure and conveys the practices and rituals connected with him, including a simple ceremony for remembering children who have died. Inspired by her own personal experience with Jizo practice, Bays explains how the Buddhist teachings on Jizo can bring peace to those confronted with suffering and loss.

A clear and intelligent portrait of Jizo. This book will appeal to both casual readers and to specialists.—Publishers Weekly

A wise, compassionate, and fascinating book. Wonderfully written, it is rich with story, a true treasure house.
—Joan Halifax Roshi, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Interesting and highly accessible. The blend of dharma talk and historical information is skillfully presented and is a welcome model that others who write about Buddhism should consider.
—Rita M. Gross, author of Buddhism after Patriarchy

Jizo Bodhisattva: guardian of children, travelers, and other voyagers

ISBN / Product Code: 9781590300800

Format: Paperback

Length: 230 pages

Size: 229 x 152mm

Availability: In stock

Price: $A 34.95

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