By John Blofeld
She is the embodiment of selfless love, the perfect image of radical compassion, and, for greater than a millennium all through Asia, she has been respected as “The one that Hearkens to the Cries of the World.” Kuan Yin is either a Buddhist image and a liked deity of chinese language folks faith. John Blofeld’s vintage examine lines the background of this most famed of all of the bodhisattvas from her origins in India (as the male determine Avalokiteshvara) to Tibet, China, and past, alongside the best way highlighting her shut connection to different figures reminiscent of Tara and Amitabha. The account is stuffed with captivating tales of Blofeld’s encounters with Kuan Yin’s devotees in the course of his trips in China. The booklet additionally comprises meditation and visualization ideas linked to the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and translations of poems and yogic texts dedicated to her.
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