Becoming Kuan Yin: The Evolution of Compassion

Becoming Kuan Yin: The Evolution of Compassion

by Stephen Levine, Ondrea Levine

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ISBN-13: 9781609259198
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephen Levine is an American poet, author ,and teacher best known for his work on death and dying. He is one of a generation of pioneering teachers who, along with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Ram Dass, and Sharon Salzberg, who have made the teachings of Theravada Buddhism more widely available to students in the West. He is the author of Who Dies?, Healing into Life and Death, and Turning Toward the Mystery. Visit him at

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"Becoming Kuan Yin follows her very difficult and remarkably beautiful path to Bodhisattva  and ultimately completed Buddha nature. It is a semi-fictional tale composed of myth and the true nature of practice. She was Miao Shan, a gifted human being on an arduous merciful path, long before she came to be referenced as a celestial." —from the book

Table of Contents

Foreword Ondrea Levine ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Kuan Yin and the Beginning of the World 1

2 Buddha Comes to China 3

3 The Origin of Kuan Yin 9

4 Miao Shan at the Gate 17

5 Miao Shan Observing 23

6 Miao Shan in Hell 33

7 Exiled to Paradise 43

8 The Origin of Song 49

9 Kuan Yin and the Dragons 61

10 The Sorrow of the Dragon King 67

11 Many Buddhas 73

12 Healing in Our Dreams 77

13 For Pain's Sake 87

14 The Belly of Compassion 95

15 Pure Land 99

16 The Emissaries of Compassion 103

17 Long Nu 107

18 Shan Tsai 115

19 Reflection on the Mother of Mercy 123

20 Forgiveness 125

21 The Gradual Maitreya 131

22 Devotion to Compassion 137

23 Lost and Found 139

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