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Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – October 13, 2009
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The author evokes the charming presence of the Goddess of Compassion through colorful anecdotes and descriptions of rituals and legends. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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John Blofeld (19131987) was a world-renowned scholar and writer who devoted his life to the study of Eastern religion, especially Taoism and Buddhism.
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What sets Blofeld apart is his ability to weave personal anecdotes in with philosophical exposition, historical narrative, folklore, and "how to" instructions in various meditative exercises.
Blofeld's task in this book is to explain who - or what - Kuan Yin is, and to put beliefs concerning Kuan Yin within the context of Buddhism as a whole. This is no easy task, because devotion to Kuan Yin - a female representation of Buddhist compassion and enlightenment - seems (for many Westerners) to be at odds with the fundamental Buddhist precept to "be a light unto yourselves."
As Blofeld traces the evolution of Kuan Yin from the male Hindu Boddhisattva Avalokita, to the female Tibetan Boddhisattva Tara, on to her Chinese representation as Kuan Yin, we see that we are dealing with what appears to be a figure of mythology and folklore, a creation of storytellers and artists. But not quite . . . Time and again - and Blofeld illustrates this with many personal anecdotes - Kuan Yin seems to manifest as an actual, independent being. Blofeld devotes many pages to this apparent paradox, and the reader will have to judge for himself whether the stated explanations actually resolve that paradox.
Expressed in various ways, the explanation is essentially reduced to the doctrine of One Mind, i.e., the notion that all of our individual minds participate in the universal One Mind, and that in this realm, ordinary distinctions between "real" and "mythical" break down. One would perhaps have to be enlightened oneself to firmly grasp this or experience it as a lived reality, but - as Blofeld shows - the mythic breaks through into the real just often enough to keep faith and devotion alive, and to pass these perplexing questions down through the generations.