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Bodhisattva of Compassion: the mystical tradition of Kuan Yin

Bodhisattva of Compassion: the mystical tradition of Kuan Yin
John Blofeld
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ISBN / SKU
9781590307359
Format
Paperback
Pages
160
Dimensions
230 x 153
Description
TO HEAR HER NAME AND SEE HER FORM
DELIVERS BEINGS FROM EVERY WOE.
- Lotus Sutra

She is the embodiment of selfless love, the supreme symbol of radical compassion, and, for more than a millennium throughout Asia, she has been revered as "The One Who Hearkens to the Cries of the World." Kuan Yin is both a Buddhist symbol and a beloved deity of Chinese folk religion. John Blofeld's classic study traces the history of this most famous of all the bodhisattvas from her origins in India (as the male figure Avalokiteshvara) to Tibet, China, and beyond, along the way highlighting her close connection to other figures such as Tara and Amitabha. The account is full of charming stories of Blofeld's encounters with Kuan Yin's devotees during his journeys in China. The book also contains meditation and visualization techniques associated with the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and translations of poems and yogic texts devoted to her.

John Blofeld (1913-1987) was a world-renowned scholar and writer who devoted his life to the study of Eastern traditions, especially Buddhism and Taoism.
Contents
FORWARD

The Enigma
Some Manifestations
Kuan Yin's Indian and Tibetan Genesis
Miao Shan and Other Legends
Some Buddhist Concepts of Kuan Yin
Sacred Rites
Contemplative Yogic Meditation
Dreams, Reveries and Speculations

APPENDIX - the Principal Iconographic Forms of the Bodhisattva
GLOSSARY