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Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion

by Boucher, Sandy

  • ISBN: 9780807013403
  • ISBN10: 0807013404

Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion

by Boucher, Sandy

  • List Price: $20.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Publish date: 12/01/2005
  • ISBN: 9780807013403
  • ISBN10: 0807013404
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Description: Sandy Boucher encountered Kwan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of compassion, in the Kansas City Art Museum more than fifteen years ago. The presence of the exquisite, lovingly carved sculpture, she says. "entered my pores, until it held me them before her, filled with something like happiness and sorrow mixed together.' With this book she shares the inspiration of that moment and its lasting effect on her life.

Discovering Kwan Yin is a beautiful introduction for Western women to the Bodhlasattva (one who has gone co the brink of Nirvana but turned back to save others before enjoying the bliss of communion). "She who hears the cries of the world" embodies the virtues of mercy. modesty, courage, justice, and wisdom, and offers her devotees strength, clarity, and compassion. Closely associated with the earth, fertility, and birth, Kwan Yin guards the souls of the newborn; from her hands flows the hear. only dew, the beneficent scream of living water.

Boucher cells us about Kwan Yin's role in Buddhism and offers meditations, chants, and prayers devised by devotees around the U.S. These women -- artists, writers. Asian-American and white -- share aspects of their relationship with Kwan Yin. Illustrated with images both contemporary and ancient. Discovering Kwan Yin is sure to become an important spiritual touchstone for all who seek to celebrate the goddess and to give and receive compassion.

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