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Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression - An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism Paperback – 15 Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614290148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614290148
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In his wonderful book Leighton animates the history of Buddhism and offers insight into human nature and contemporary culture."--"Turning Wheel"


"What Leighton offers is the living tradition of Mahayana Buddhism: diverse, mysterious, vibrant, real."--"Journal of Buddhist Ethics"


"Edifying and imaginative..A modern spiritual classic."--"Spirituality and Health"


""Faces of Compassion "is a wonderful resource and source of guidance and teaching...an invaluable companion to our lives."--Joan Halifax Roshi, Head Teacher, Upaya Institute


"Buddhist ideals embodied in flesh-and-blood people we can love, admire, and emulate-a sparkler among contemporary Buddhist writings."--Brother David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B., author of "Gratefulness the Heart of Prayer"


"The lay reader will take from the book an appreciation for the complexity of Buddhist doctrine as well as a sense that bodhisattvas may well be living amongst us."--"Foreword magazine"


"Vigorous and inspiring, "Faces of Compassion" guides the reader into the awakening life within our contemporary world. An informative, useful, exhilarating work."--Jane Hirshfield, author of "Women in Praise of the Sacred"


"A clear-as-a-bell introduction to Buddhist thought."--Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Senior Dharma Teacher of San Francisco Zen Center and author of "Benedict's Dharma"


"Taigen Dan Leighton has lovingly illumined still another dimension of the human condition."--John Daishin Buksbazen, author of "Zen Meditation in Plain English"


"This is useful as a fine axe...the perfect antidote to today's spiritual materialism."--Peter Coyote, actor and author of "Sleeping Where I Fall"

""Faces of Compassion" captures the poignant truth that that a bodhisattva may appear in the form of a pirate or a spiritual leader and modernizes it, bringing the bodhisattva ideal into the present."--"Tricycle"
"In his wonderful book Leighton animates the history of Buddhism and offers insight into human nature and contemporary culture."--"Turning Wheel"


"What Leighton offers is the living tradition of Mahayana Buddhism: diverse, mysterious, vibrant, real."--"Journal of Buddhist Ethics"


"Edifying and imaginative..A modern spiritual classic."--"Spirituality and Health"


""Faces of Compassion "is a wonderful resource and source of guidance and teaching...an invaluable companion to our lives."--Joan Halifax Roshi, Head Teacher, Upaya Institute


"Buddhist ideals embodied in flesh-and-blood people we can love, admire, and emulate-a sparkler among contemporary Buddhist writings."--Brother David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B., author of "Gratefulness the Heart of Prayer"


"The lay reader will take from the book an appreciation for the complexity of Buddhist doctrine as well as a sense that bodhisattvas may well be living amongst us."--"Foreword magazine"


"Vigorous and inspiring, "Faces of Compassion" guides the reader into the awakening life within our contemporary world. An informative, useful, exhilarating work."--Jane Hirshfield, author of "Women in Praise of the Sacred"


"A clear-as-a-bell introduction to Buddhist thought."--Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Senior Dharma Teacher of San Francisco Zen Center and author of "Benedict's Dharma"


"Taigen Dan Leighton has lovingly illumined still another dimension of the human condition."--John Daishin Buksbazen, author of "Zen Meditation in Plain English"


"This is useful as a fine axe...the perfect antidote to today's spiritual materialism."--Peter Coyote, actor and author of "Sleeping Where I Fall"


""Faces of Compassion" is a wonderful resource and source of guidance and teaching...an invaluable companion to our lives."--Joan Halifax Roshi, Head Teacher, Upaya Institute

"Vigorous and inspiring, "Faces of Compassion" guides the reader into the awakening life within our contemporary world. An informative, useful, exhilarating work."--Jane Hirshfield, author of Women in Praise of the Sacred

"A clear-as-a-bell introduction to Buddhist thought."--Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Senior Dharma Teacher of San Francisco Zen Center and author of Benedict's Dharma

"Taigen Dan Leighton has lovingly illumined still another dimension of the human condition."--John Daishin Buksbazen, author of Zen Meditation in Plain English

"This is useful as a fine axe...the perfect antidote to today's spiritual materialism."--Peter Coyote, actor and author of Sleeping Where I Fall

From the Back Cover

"To meet the bodhisattvas is to embrace more fully our own humanity, and our ultimate capacity for courage, devotion, compassion, and transcendent wisdom. Taigen Dan Leighton has lovingly illuminated still another dimension of the human condition. This is a tour de fource."--John Daishin Buksbazen, author of "Zen Meditation in Plain English"
Archetypes of wisdom and compassion, the bodhisattvas of Buddhism are powerful and compelling images of awakening. Scholar and Zen teacher Taigen Dan Leighton explores the imagery and lore of the seven most important of these archetypal figures, bringing them alive as psychological and spiritual wellsprings. Emphasizing the universality of spiritual ideals, Leighton finds aspects of the bodhisattvas expressed in a variety of familiar modern personages--from Muhammad Ali to Mahatma Gandhi, from Bob Dylan to Henry Thoreau, and from Gertrude Stein to Mother Teresa. This book also functions as a thorough and engaging introduction to the world of Mahayana Buddhism.

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