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Becoming Kuan Yin

The Evolution of Compassion
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Red Wheel/Weiser
 | 
September, 2013
ISBN:
9781578635559
In stock now: 
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$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In his long career as a poet, Buddhist teacher, spiritual advisor, and writer, Stephen Levine has deeply changed our understanding of death and dying—and living. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine's first new book in many years, he turns to the legend of Kuan Yin, the Bodhistitva venerated by East Asian Buddhists for her compassion.

In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine shares the tale of Miao Shan, born centuries ago to a cruel king who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. This is the story of how Miao Shan refused to follow the path her father had in mind and, instead, became Kuan Yin, the first acknowledged female Buddha who watches over the dying and those who work with them.

Kuan Yin taught us to rehabilitate the world “mercy,” to bring it back from the shadows of “have mercy on me a miserable sinner” and offer it as a cipher for the longing hearts we knew so well. —Ondrea Levine

Levine weaves together story and practice and helps readers discover their own infinite capacity for mercy and compassion under difficult circumstances. This book will have resonance for Kuan Yin's millions of followers.

Namo Kuan Shih Pin Pusa. “Hail to Kuan Yin bodhisattva.”

To know Kuan Yin we need to let go of all that is unloved, judged, forged from old mind clingings. She is the unconditional love beyond the conditioned mind.

Some ancient force is called forth in surrendering hindrance after hindrance of our secret wretchedness and obvious suffering, to yield to the light of our Original Heart.

“Unconditional Compassion is the way, the truth, and the light, and Stephen’s long awaited guide takes us right in. Meet ya there!” —Lama Surya Das, author of Buddha Standard Time

“A loving poetic fable, filled with the mercy of Kuan Yin and the devotion to love that is Stephen and Ondrea’s life work and gift to the world.” —Jack Kornfield, author of Bringing Home the Dharma

Publisher’s Description: 

In his long career as a poet, Buddhist teacher, spiritual advisor, and writer, Stephen Levine has changed our understanding of death and dying. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine's first new book in many years, he turns to the legend of Kuan Yin, the Bodhistitva venerated by East Asian Buddhists for her compassion.

In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine shares the tale of Miao Shan, born centuries ago to a cruel king who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. This is the story of how Miao Shan refused to follow the path her father had in mind and, instead, became Kuan Yin, the first acknowledged female Buddha who watches over the dying and those who work with them.

Levine weaves together story and practice and helps readers discover their own infinite capacity for mercy and compassion under difficult circumstances. This book will have resonance for Kuan Yin's millions of followers.

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