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 ofa"The Kuan Yin Chronicles"aintroduce Kuan Yin to Western readers, and reveal that Kuan Yin is the mystery and power of the divine feminine, who tKuan 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 ofa"The Kuan Yin Chronicles"aintroduce 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"ais for any Western reader who wants to connect with the ancient power of the Goddess in their lives."...
|Title||:||The Kuan Yin Chronicles: The Myths and Prophecies of the Chinese Goddess of Compassion|
|Number of Pages||:||226 Pages|
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The Kuan Yin Chronicles: The Myths and Prophecies of the Chinese Goddess of Compassion Reviews
Kuan Yin has a special place in the hearts of many people. She is unique in her compassionate, unconditional loving ways and that she is the only female bodhisattva to date. She is also equally popular in not just modern Chinese schools of Buddhism but also a variety of other eastern belief systems. The Kuan Yin Chronicles looks at the goddess of compassion from the spiritual, historical, and mythological perspective. It details her beginnings as the clearly male Avalokitesvara and then her transformation to female in the eight century. The book also looks at her place in eastern beliefs and mythology. Finally, the work ends with the poems of Kuan Yin and explains how thye can be used for divination purposes. Whether you are interested in Kuan Yin the women of myth, the goddess, the bodhisattva, or the role model, Kuan Yin Chronicles is an important resource to read.
I found this book to be an excellent introduction to Kuan Yin. The book is divided up into three parts, examining the history of her worship, her myths and her divinatory poems. I found this made for a nice balance of elements.It was, however, let down in a few places. I felt there was some bias towards Western preoccupations--such as the valuing of the spiritual over the religious and an emphasis on Kuan Yin as an expression of the Divine Feminine, despite having first started as a male deity. The book could have also used a few more references and a Further Reading list.All in all, I found it very educational.
This is a superb look at the history and mystique of the goddess Kuan Yin. Did you know that the ever popular Goddess of Compassion was male and not female? I won't spoil the story so read this delightful book. For the poet among you, I expect that the 100 poems will delight you. From simple to complex this little collection of poems will delight and entertain. This book is a must read.
I first heard about Kuan Yin when I was working at Peet's Coffee and Tea and I got addicted to Ti Kwan Yin, one of their best oolong teas. It turns out it was named after Kuan Yin, the "Iron Goddess of Compassion." I've read articles and things on the Internet over the years, but this is the first time I've read a whole book about her. She's a fascinating figure in Chinese history, especially how her origins are so unclear but may very well be a sex-changed version of the shamanistic deity Avalokitesvara. Also, many adherents to her cult become vegetarians because of their overriding compassion for other animals. Transgendered vegetarian deities? Sign me up!
I thought this was a very good first book on Quan Yin. I am just learning about her, and I love that she is derived from a male god, and that she survived and survives patriarchy, and is essentially a melting pot of various religions that have come into China. The stories about her are great, and I like that she is there to help us, but that we also have to do the work of manifesting our life.This book also contains the 100 poems of Quan Yin that are used for divination. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is not familiar with her.
For such a small book, this really packs a punch. If you're a newcomer to the subject, I'd easily suggest this book as a first on the path. The book provides a context for Kuan Yin, where she comes from, what the folklore around her is like, what her role in the minds and daily lives of the people looks like. The book also doesn't hide the past of Kuan Yin and how she moved from a male Buddhist monk to the figure we know her as today. It's an honest, well-researched, complete introduction in a small container that's approachable and easy to get through.
Pleasant overview of the historical evolution of Kuan Yin, from male god to the most beloved female goddess. Also included were several of her myths as well as a collection of poetry used as divination tools. I'm not much of a "poetry person", so that part did not excite me as much as the author appeared to be by the poetry. The section describing the birth/creation of the goddess was well informed and interesting to read.
This book is essential.
A very interesting book, which gave me a greater insight into the goddess.