On one end of the spectrum of Western Buddhism, we have the likes of Stephen Batchelor and his Buddhism Without Beliefs. On the other end, some people choose to preserve the gods of the East. Sandy Boucher, author of Opening the Lotus and Turning the Wheel, turns her attention to the phenomenon of Kwan Yin (also known as: Guanyin, Kannon, Kwan Um, Chenrezig, Avalokitesvara), bodhisattva of compassion. Kwan Yin as comforter, healer, and female exemplar has been adopted as a personal deity by a growing number of Western women, whether Buddhists or not. In Discovering Kwan Yin, Boucher meets up with many of them, evoking stories of profound encounters, life-saving rescues, and long-term guidance. The wide-open spiritualism of Boucher's search leads her to a diversity of images, places, people, and experiences: Asian-American immigrants, a Chinese island, an extravagant tattoo, a Fulbright poet, a pagan goddess mass. For those seeking a divine presence in their lives, and a female one at that, Discovering Kwan Yin is a powerful initiation into a centuries-old tradition of soulful devotion. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Boucher, author of other noted feminist and Buddhist titles (e.g., Opening the Lotus, LJ 5/15/97) offers what she describes as the first book on Kwan Yin written by a woman. It is perhaps inevitable, in the surge of interest in woman- and goddess-centered spirituality, that books on the East's most familiar goddess should appear, and Boucher's work is a good beginning. Warm personal recollections and shared experiences shape this collection of life stories, songs, and insights, but Buddhist readers should be aware that Boucher's outlook reflects a largely American and even Californian version of Buddhism. For larger collections and those strong in feminist studies.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is an interesting little book in some respects, but I was a bit disappointed. I only recently "discovered" Kuan Yin, so the educational elements of the book were... Read morePublished on March 11, 2002 by Erin K. Darling
I found this book to be quite interesting and insightful. However, I was turned off initially by the assumption by the author that the readers of her book were "European... Read morePublished on July 15, 2000 by MaryJaneParker