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Kuan Yin is the most important, best-loved deity in the Chinese world. She is the living expression of compassion and the center of devotion in most Chinese homes and workplaces. Yet she is barely known in the West. The authors of The Kuan Yin Chronicles introduce Kuan Yin to Western readers, and reveal that Kuan Yin is the mystery and power of the divine feminine, who transcends all doctrines, creeds, and traditions.
The book is divided into three sections:
1. The origins and evolution of Kuan Yin in early China, Buddhism, Taoism, and shamanism.
2. The myths and stories about Kuan Yin.
3. Fresh translations of 100 Kuan Yin poems, which function as both literature and tools for divination and prophecy.
The Kuan Yin Chronicles is for any Western reader who wants to connect with the ancient power of the Goddess in their lives.
|Publisher:||Hampton Roads Publilshing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Martin Palmer is the director of the International Consultancy of Religion, Education and Culture. He is an expert on interfaith work, as well as the author of many books and the translator of numerous Chinese texts. He lives in England.
Jay Ramsay is a poet and therapist. Among his published works are The Heart's Ragged Evangelist and Crucible of Love. He lives in England.
Man-Ho Kwok is the author and translator of numerous works relating to Chinese religion, literature, and history.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book offers history, mythology, and divination, each in its own section. I was fascinated to learn of Kuan Yin's roots in Buddhist history, the reasons for her transformation from a male bodhisattva to a goddess in China, her links in myth to the Virgin Mary, and her ecumenical appeal to people of Daoist, Confucianist, and Shinto traditions. Of course the book is also testimony to Kuan Yin's rising appeal in the West, which I suspect is a momentous development. As Cristina Leira's great statue in the harbor of Macau melds the West's Virgin Mary with the East's goddess of universal compassion, so a new figure of feminine spirituality may inspire future generations across the world. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization