Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590307359
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Shambhala Classics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,390,499
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Foreword 11

1 The Enigma 17

2 Some Manifestations 25

3 Kuan Yin's Indian and Tibetan Genesis 38

4 Miao Shan and Other Legends 65

5 Some Buddhist Concepts of Kuan Yin 82

6 Sacred Rites 98

7 Contemplative Yogic Meditation 118

8 Dreams, Reveries and Speculations 134

Appendix: The Principal Iconographic Forms of the Bodhisattva 149

Glossary 157

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