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Faces of Compassion: An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism

De (autor) Joan Halifax Roshi
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – May 2012

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"Faces of Compassion" introduces us to enlightened beings, the bodhisattvas of Buddhist lore. They're not otherworldly gods with superhuman qualities but shining examples of our own highest potential. Archetypes of wisdom and compassion, the bodhisattvas of Buddhism are powerful and compelling images of awakening. Scholar and Zen teacher Taigen Dan Leighton engagingly 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 ideas, Leighton finds aspects of 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 edition contains a revised and expanded introduction that frames the book as a exciting and broad-scoped view of Mahayana Buddhism. It's updated throughout to make it of more use to scholars and a perfect companion to survey courses of world religions or a 200-level course on Buddhism.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781614290148
ISBN-10: 1614290148
Pagini: 348
Dimensiuni: 154 x 229 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.49 kg
Ediția: Revizuită
Editura: Wisdom Publications (MA)

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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


Notă biografică

Taigen Dan Leighton is a SotoZen priest and Dharma successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and the San Francisco Zen Center. Leighton began formal Soto practice in 1975 at the New York Zen Center with Kando Nakajima Roshi and graduated in East Asian Studies from Columbia College. He is author of Faces of Compassion and Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra and is co-translator and editor of several Zen texts, including Cultivating the Empty Field, as well as The Wholehearted Way and Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community, both translated together with Shohaku Okumura. He currently teaches at the Institute of Buddhist Studies of the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union and leads the Ancient Dragon Zen Gate meditation group in Chicago, Illinois.

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"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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