Becoming Kuan Yin

The Evolution of Compassion

Author: Stephen Levine

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 160925919X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

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In his long career as a poet, Buddhist teacher, spiritual advisor, and writer, Stephen Levine has changed our understanding of death and dying. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine’s first new book in many years, he turns to the legend of Kuan Yin, the Bbodhistitva venerated by East Asian Buddhists for her compassion. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine shares the tale of Miao Shan, born centuries ago to a cruel king who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. This is the story of how Miao Shan refused to follow the path her father had in mind and, instead, became Kuan Yin, the first acknowledged female Buddha who watches over the dying and those who work with them. Levine weaves together story and practice and helps readers discover their own infinite capacity for mercy and compassion under difficult circumstances. This book will have resonance for Kuan Yin's millions of followers.
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Becoming Kuan Yin

The Evolution of Compassion

Author: Stephen Levine

Publisher: Weiser

ISBN: 9781573246293

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 8261

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The Kuan Yin Chronicles

The Myths and Prophecies of the Chinese Goddess of Compassion

Author: Martin Palmer,Jay Ramsay,Man-Ho Kwok

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 1612831192

Category: Philosophy

Page: 156

View: 7897

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: The origins and evolution of Kuan Yin in early China, Buddhism, Taoism, and shamanism. The myths and stories about Kuan Yin. 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.
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Kuan Yin

Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine

Author: Daniela Schenker

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781591798637

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 174

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When you invoke the name of the bodhisattva Kuan Yin, beloved goddess of compassion, you are calling upon a powerful force to bring you strength, healing, and unconditional love. With Kuan Yin: Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine, author and devotee Daniela Schenker offers a beautiful and useful resource for connecting to Kuan Yin's energy through art, story, and your own spiritual practice. Ancient scriptures tell the story of how Kuan Yin became a bodhisattva: as she stood at the threshold to Nirvana, she heard the cries of pain and confusion emanating from the world, and she swore to remain in it until all sentient beings had been liberated from suffering. To help you draw inspiration and strength from this deity of loving-kindness, scholar Daniela Schenker has gathered together a treasury of Kuan Yin history, imagery, and spiritual practices that includes: 33 beautiful watercolor images of Kuan Yin's many benevolent manifestations, accompanied by inspirational contemplations, passages from the Lotus Sutra, and tales and legends about Kuan Yin Information about Kuan Yin's evolution, including her origin as the male Avalokiteshvara, her earthly embodiment as the Chinese princess Miao Shan, and her "spiritual sisters" in other traditions Powerful mantras and visualizations to invoke Kuan Yin's guidance and protection Tips to create your own devotional Kuan Yin altar—a sacred place to call upon her blessings Even those who encounter Kuan Yin's image for the very first time can find themselves moved to tears by her boundless grace and compassion. This goddess of mercy and healing has crossed the borders of nations and faiths to touch the hearts of seekers all over the world. Now, let Kuan Yin: Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine be your companion and guide as you welcome her gifts of liberation, compassion, and healing into your life.
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Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion

Author: Sandy Boucher

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807013410

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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In this lovely illustrated volume, the author recounts stories of the goddes Kwan Yin, a bodhisattva (one who delays her own full enlightenment to work for the liberation of all beings), and explains Kwan Yin's role in Buddhism. At the same time, Boucher provides meditations, chants, and prayers devised by the Buddhist devotees of Asian and Western heritage so that all readers can participate in and even create their own rituals.
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Bodhisattva of Compassion

The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin

Author: John Blofeld

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590307359

Category: Religion

Page: 158

View: 2783

Explores the origin of the mystical goddess of compassion, describes meditation and visualization techniques associated with her, and explains the liberating energy of compassion.
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Kuan-yin

The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

Author: Chün-fang Yü

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231502753

Category: Religion

Page: 688

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By far one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is regarded as the embodiment of compassion. He has been widely revered throughout the Buddhist countries of Asia since the early centuries of the Common Era. While he was closely identified with the royalty in South and Southeast Asia, and the Tibetans continue to this day to view the Dalai Lamas as his incarnations, in China he became a she—Kuan-yin, the "Goddess of Mercy"—and has a very different history. The causes and processes of this metamorphosis have perplexed Buddhist scholars for centuries. In this groundbreaking, comprehensive study, Chün-fang Yü discusses this dramatic transformation of the (male) Indian bodhisattva Avalokitesvara into the (female) Chinese Kuan-yin—from a relatively minor figure in the Buddha's retinue to a universal savior and one of the most popular deities in Chinese religion. Focusing on the various media through which the feminine Kuan-yin became constructed and domesticated in China, Yü thoroughly examines Buddhist scriptures, miracle stories, pilgrimages, popular literature, and monastic and local gazetteers—as well as the changing iconography reflected in Kuan-yin's images and artistic representations—to determine the role this material played in this amazing transformation. The book eloquently depicts the domestication of Kuan-yin as a case study of the indigenization of Buddhism in China and illuminates the ways this beloved deity has affected the lives of all Chinese people down the ages.
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QUAN YIN SPEAKS

Are you ready?

Author: Shih Yin

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 149318511X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 182

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NEW AGE/SPIRIUTALITY In this book, Quan Yin, through Shih Yin explains in simple understandable terms what this spiritual journey has been all about. It explains how we as spiritual volunteers descended into this three dimensional denseness while forgetting our connection to Divine Spirit. Upon this Earth we experience the effects of Duality, and eventually find our way back to whence we came. The journey has been difficult, but having finally passed the marker we are now in Ascension status and on our way home. The rate at which one ascends depends on one’s free will and intent. Quan Yin Speaks serves as a reference book, describing in simple detail, not only the work required, but the physical, mental and spiritual changes that one can expect to experience in the path of evolution towards Enlightenment. Although one may not consciously choose the Ascension path, all will experience the inevitable changes. This book will assist you to progress at a rate consistent with the amount of work you choose to invest towards your development. —The Hon. D. Kochi
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Embracing the Beloved

Relationship as a Path of Awakening

Author: Stephen Levine,Ondrea Levine

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307754905

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Stephen and Ondrea Levine devoted more than eighteen years to investigating the mind/body relationship, particularly as it relates to the states healing, dying, and grieving. Their work has affected healing and medical practices worldwide. In Embracing the Beloved, the Levines turn their attention to what has been "our most significant spiritual commitment—our own relationship." In this groundbreaking book, they demonstrate how to use a relationship as a means for profound inner growth and healing. Their insights and anecdotes will benefit all who are drawn to looking inward, and all who seek a relationship as a path for spiritual renewal and merciful awareness of life.
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Searching for Guan Yin

Author: Sarah E. Truman

Publisher: White Pine Press (NY)

ISBN: 9781935210283

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 289

View: 9808

On a journey through China filled with unexpected encounters Sarah Truman searches for the goddess Guan Yin.
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A Year to Live

How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

Author: Stephen Levine

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 9780307561329

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 192

View: 8815

In his new book, Stephen Levine, author of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us how to live each moment, each hour, each day mindfully--as if it were all that was left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our view of the world and forces us to examine our priorities. Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. It is an exercise that gives us the opportunity to deal with unfinished business and enter into a new and vibrant relationship with life. Levine provides us with a year-long program of intensely practical strategies and powerful guided meditations to help with this work, so that whenever the ultimate moment does arrive for each of us, we will not feel that it has come too soon. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Turning Toward the Mystery

A Seeker's Journey

Author: Stephen Levine

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062517457

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

View: 6412

In his most intimate book, the world-renowned spiritual teacher shares his inner journey of transformation and wisdom.
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A Gradual Awakening

Author: Stephen Levine

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307773671

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 8794

In this intelligent, accessible work, acclaimed poet and meditation teacher Stephen Levine introduces readers to meditation. Filled with practical guidance and advice—as well as extensive personal recollections—A Gradual Awakening explains the value of meditation as a means of attaining awareness, and provides readers with extensive advice on how establish a practice. Drawing on his own personal experiences with and insights into vipassana meditation, Levine has crafted an inspiring book for anyone interested in deep personal growth.
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The Healing I Took Birth For

Practicing the Art of Compassion

Author: Levine, Ondrea,Levine, Stephen

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1578635632

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 7090

For more than 32 years, Stephen and Ondrea Levine have provided emotional and spiritual support to those who face life-threatening illness and their caregivers; deeply affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the process. The Healing I Took Birth For, which was begun after Ondrea’s own medical prognosis that foretold the end of a lifetime of spiritual exploration, is the culmination of her work. Their collaboration, in the service of the dying, especially during the height of the AIDS epidemic, set them both more deeply on the path of compassion—compassion for self, for others, for all. The Healing I Took Birth For is the heartfelt sharing of Ondrea’s life of service and a deeply inspiring example of how one faces illness and great personal difficulties, with a deep spiritual practice and grace. It is the most “intimate collaboration” she and Stephen have worked on and it will inspire readers to find their own way toward living a life of compassion.
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Kuan Yin Oracle

Blessings, Guidance & Enlightenment from the Divine Feminine

Author: Alana Fairchild

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781922161994

Category: Fortune-telling by cards

Page: N.A

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The Legend of Miaoshan

Revised Edition

Author: Glen Dudbridge

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199266719

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 159

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In Chinese legend, the princess Miaoshan defied her father by refusing to marry, and pursued her austere religious vocation to the death, but returned to life to be his saviour and the saviour of all mankind. The story is inseparable from the female bodhisattva Guanyin, whose cult dominated religious life at all levels in traditional China and is still powerful in rural China today. Miaoshan herself became a lasting symbol of the tension in women's lives between individual spiritualfulfilment and the imperatives of family duty.The previous edition of this book was the first full monograph on the subject. It deals with the story's background, early history, and more developed later versions, bringing much of this material to the attention of modern readers for the first time. It analyses the basic sources, many of them in Buddhist scripture, and the overall pattern of development. It finally offers a range of interpretations which discover here myths of religious celibacy, of filial piety, and of ritual salvation ofthe dead.The legend of Miaoshan spans the uncertain boundaries between Chinese popular literature, theatre, and religion, and this book directly addresses students of those fields. But it holds a larger significance for those interested in the position of women in traditional society, and students of comparative literature and folklore will find here a version of the 'King Lear' story.This new edition takes account of epigraphical evidence, discovered and accessed since the time of first publication, which enriches and refines the discussion. This and other additional evidence, introduced for the sake of a more complete picture, leave the argument and conclusions of the original study still essentially intact.
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The Goddesses' Mirror

Visions of the Divine from East and West

Author: David R. Kinsley

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887068355

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Discusses the cultural background and meaning of ten goddesses, including Aphrodite, Isis, Athena, Durga, Laksmi, and Sita
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Wild Kuan Yin Oracle

Soul Guidance from the Wild Divine: Pocket Edition

Author: Alana Fairchild

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781572818736

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Novice

A Story of True Love

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062005839

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Bestselling author and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh transforms an ancient folktale into a timeless parable of a young woman who dares to risk her life for her faith. Born to an aristocratic family in rural Vietnam, Kinh Tam’s uncommon beauty and intelligence were obvious to all she encountered. From an early age she was drawn to the teachings of Buddha and the rewards of a monastic life, but to please her family she agreed to walk the traditional path of marriage. Throughout her marriage, Kinh Tam’s mind was devoted to her husband but her heart never waivered from her true calling. She wanted to be a monk. And yet Buddhism was still new to Vietnam and temples accepted only men for ordination. Making a decision that would forever change her life, Kinh Tam left town, disguised herself as a man, and joined a monastery as a novice. Despite the many challenges of living as a man, Kinh Tam thrived and became a beloved member of the community. Years of profound joy and peace passed until a local woman accuses the novice of fathering her unborn child. Kinh Tam is torn between two impossible choices: keep her secret and endure brutal punishment or reveal the truth that would prove her innocence but put an end to her spiritual path. Facing the unbearable with the boundless heart of Buddha, her choice forever changes her life, her country, and her faith. In spare, elegant prose, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that we, too, face our own injustices and suffering, and by connecting with love, we can, like Kinh Tam, discover a mind and heart that are peaceful, happy, and free.
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Healing Into Life and Death

Author: Stephen Levine

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 0385262191

Category: Philosophy

Page: 290

View: 4781

Discusses the philosophy and techniques of mental healing as a way of preparing for and accepting death, and includes meditations for this purpose
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