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Kuan Yin is the most important and best loved deity of the Chinese world. She is the living expression of compassion, whose gentle face and elegant figure form a centre of devotion in most Chinese homes and workplaces. Yet she is barely known in the West and few studies have been made of her. The authors of this book have travelled all over China in search of her true story and origins within Buddhism, Taoism and the female shamans of China. Now, in her universal mystery and power of the divine feminine, she transcends all doctrines, creeds and traditions.
The beautiful poetry of the '100 Prophecies of Kuan Yin' is here translated into English for the first time. These poems were used as a method of divination, to gain insight into the depths of the soul. With the myths, they form the heart of this new look at one of the most powerful but least known goddesses.
MARTIN PALMER, the Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture (ICOREC), is an expert on interfaith work, author of many books and translator of numerous ancient Chinese texts, including the 'I Ching' and 'Tao Te Ching'.
JAY RAMSAY is a poet and founder of the Chrysalis poetry project. His main work is ''The Great Return'' and he is particularly interested in the role of the artist-healer.
KWOK MAN-HO trained for 20 years with Taoist and Buddhist masters in Hong Kong, and is now the foremost practitioner of traditional Chinese religion in Britain. He is a renowned Chinese scholar and translator.
"'Kuan Yin' vividly documents the continual reassertion of the human need to rearticulate the feminine in the divine. It tells a compelling story that reads like a detective mystery, sheds new light on both Chinese and Western religions, and shows that the contemporary reassertion of the Goddess in the hearts and minds of women and men is actually a recurrent cross-cultural theme."
RIANE EISLER, author of 'The Chalice and the Blade'
"We learn something about Kuan Yin's great significance, her enchanting statues and temples, but also about the literature she inspired, especially a collection of 100 poems full of wisdom and great beauty which have been translated in this book with much sensitivity and insight, almost for the first time."
URSULA KING, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol
Martin Palmer is the director of ICOREC the consultancy on religion, education and culture. He is an expert on Chinese philosophy and culture and the author of many books on the subject.
Jay Ramsay is a poet and author of 20 books including ‘Psychic Poetry’, ‘The White Poem’ and ‘Kingdom of the Edge – New and Selected Poems’.