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The Kuan Yin Chronicles: The Myths and Prophecies of the Chinese Goddess of Compassion [Kindle Edition]

Martin Palmer , Jay Ramsay , Man-Ho Kwok
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Book Description

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:

1. The origins and evolution of Kuan Yin in early China, Buddhism, Taoism, and shamanism.

2. The myths and stories about Kuan Yin.

3. 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.

Editorial Reviews


"A compelling story that reads like a detective mystery . . . and shows that the contemporary reassertion of the Goddess in the hearts and minds of men and women." —Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

--—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

About the Author

Martin Palmer is the director of the International Consultancy of Religion, Education and Culture. He is an expert on interfaith work, as well as the author of many books and the translator of numerous Chinese texts. He lives in England.

Jay Ramsay is a poet and therapist. Among his published works are The Heart’s Ragged Evangelist and Crucible of Love. He lives in England.

Man-Ho Kwok is the author and translator of numerous works relating to Chinese religion, literature, and history.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1416 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Pub Co; 1st Printing edition (March 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TK3NDG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Goddess Worth Watching May 24, 2010
This book offers history, mythology, and divination, each in its own section. I was fascinated to learn of Kuan Yin's roots in Buddhist history, the reasons for her transformation from a male bodhisattva to a goddess in China, her links in myth to the Virgin Mary, and her ecumenical appeal to people of Daoist, Confucianist, and Shinto traditions. Of course the book is also testimony to Kuan Yin's rising appeal in the West, which I suspect is a momentous development. As Cristina Leira's great statue in the harbor of Macau melds the West's Virgin Mary with the East's goddess of universal compassion, so a new figure of feminine spirituality may inspire future generations across the world.

--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating History of the Goddess of Compassion June 7, 2010
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From the moment I first saw an image of Kwan Yin, over 25 years ago, I was attracted to her energy. Since then I've collected statues of her that I keep around the home and office, not really knowing much about her, other than that she was considered the Goddess of Compassion.

This book is the first thing I've found that clearly describes the history and energy of Kwan Yin, both as a female and as a male spirit helper. The book is easy to read, informative and very interesting for anyone who has interest in not only Kwan Yin, but the history of Eastern spirituality in general.

"The Kwan Yin Chronicles" describes not only her history, but her versatility as a spiritual helper and her use as an oracle to aide in spiritual and personal insight. I love the way her essence and popularity has transcended all religions. Reading this book has made me love her even more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I saw the many positive reviews of the paperback and was eager to read this book. Apparently though, I am the first to review the Kindle edition. The formatting issues make the Kindle book very hard to read.

There are regularly spaces in between words, and there are hyphens in the middle of words, leftover from the paperback formatting which make no sense anymore when in digital form. Unfortunately the formatting issues occur quite often, sometimes several times in one paragraph. It is awkward and really breaks your concentration with how often it happens. Cons ider how ha rd it is to read when someon e writes that way.

Another difficulty is that for some reason the authors/publisher do not allow you to change the font of the text on the kindle. They have selected a flowery flowy font (similar to the true type font Papyrus that was popular a while back) and this again can be difficult on eyesight.

It is as if they decided they didn't need to hire an editor to create the digital edition-- that they simply imported the text and hit convert, and never bothered to check the result.

It is a shame because the book had great potential.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kwan Yin Chronicles June 16, 2010
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For those spiritual seekers/individuals that are drawn to Kwan Yin, this is the best book I've found. The first part, the story and history of him/her is interesting. However the second part of the book, the 100 quatrains, is what I really love about this book. Read sequentially, or used as a devination tool, this is great material. It's the only book on my reading table at this time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price, the information is free online April 29, 2013
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I bought this after reading some excerpts that sounded interesting provided on the amazon webpage but that was it--there really is NOT anything else in the book. It repeats the same things over and over--said different ways, which to me--is so it grew to 182 pages from what could be said in 20. I really got no new info from the brief excerpt I read before ordering it and a couple other tidbits that can be found on internet searches for Christianity and Mary and Kwan Yin, along with the changing from male to female of Avalokitsavara and Kwan Yin....oh well.

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The Oracle of Kwan Yin, also known as Kwan Yin's Book of Divination, is a centuries-old Chinese oracular system, based on one-hundred short poems attributed to the goddess. In other words, legend says that Kwan Yin herself composed these poems, although historians disagree. Each poem is numbered. The Oracle of Kwan Yin bears some resemblance to a more famous Chinese divinatory system, the I-Ching or Book of Changes. As opposed to the I-Ching's hexagrams, however, the Oracle of Kwan Yin---essentially the voice of the goddess- is delivered via those one-hundred quatrains (four line poems, with seven characters per line in the original Chinese). Kwan Yin has powerful associations with the moon and each poem is also associated with a lunar phase, although these are frequently omitted in published translations. A very traditional oracle, Kwan Yin's Book of Divination is mysterious and sometimes oblique. Answers may or may not be very explicit---meditation may be required in order to grasp the oracle's full meaning.

The poems have been gathered into books that are frequently found within Kwan Yin temples. English language versions are available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This Christmas, I wanted to give my wife a replica of the Water and Moon Kwan-Yin statue that currently sits in a museum somewhere in the Midwest (can't remember where). When I ordered the statue from Amazon, I was pleased to see a book that gave background information about the original statue--and stories about who Kwan-Yin was and how he/she was worshipped.
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Fascinating historical review of the multiple cultural influences in shaping this deity. This is not really a book about practice, but more a cultural history perspective. Read more
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Published 20 months ago by CHRISTOPHE G TOTH
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Such an informative book. If you are interested in the goddess you definitely should read this book! Blessings to you
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More About the Author

I'm a writer, broadcaster, religious historian, environmentalist (head of a charity linking religions and conservations - and translator of Chinese classics.

I was born in Bristol, England, a city where my family has lived for more than 500 years. My surname, Palmer, suggests that sometime before the Reformation my ancestors were professional pilgrims. They were called Palmers because they brought back palm leaves from the Holy Land to show their clients (who had hired them in order to gain some merit in heaven without actually having to make an exhausting journey themselves) they had done the trip.

I was brought up on a huge housing estate (what Americans call "public housing") on the outskirts of Bristol, where my father was a vicar. I spent every weekend walking the ancient city of Bristol or exploring the churches and pre-historic sites of North Somerset within cycling distance of my house. From this and from a magic godmother who lived on the Quantock Hills in Somerset I developed a love and passion for the history, places, landscape and stories of Britain.

My first job was as an advisor on religious education in schools in Manchester and as part of that I founded, in Salford, the world's first multi-faith education centre. We took around 12,000 children out every year to explore the landscape of inner city Manchester through the eyes of the different faith communities and how they had adapted the landscape to fit with their beliefs and traditions.

In 1983 WWF-UK asked me to write the first book for schools on how different beliefs shape the way you treat the natural world. "Worlds of Difference" became the best selling RE book ever and went into 12 languages. It launched the whole movement of taking seriously the role of faith in the protection of our planet and its nature. In 1986 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who was then International President of WWF, asked me to organise the first ever meeting between major faiths and the main conservation movements in Assisi, Italy. In 1995, I launched, with Prince Philip, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) which now works with every major religious tradition world wide developing environmental programmes based upon the tradition's own teachings, schools, landholding, investments, festivals etc.

I am an Anglican but not perhaps an orthodox one as my faith has been deeply influenced by both Daoism and Judaism. I speak regularly around the world on a range of topics from the role of stories to the role of faith in conservation. I am an advisor to the Club of Rome and have worked with UNESCO, UNDP, the World Bank as well as with many faith bodies such as the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines of Japan) the China Taoist Association, the Mongolian Buddhist Sangha and the World Council of Churches.

I am married to writer and journalist Victoria Finlay and together we have written one of the most influential books on religion and conservation: Faith in Conservation, published by the World Bank. We live in North Somerset.


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