Jizo Bodhisattva: Modern Healing and Traditional Buddhist Practice

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Tuttle Pub., 2002 - Religion - 284 pages
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A bodhisattva is an enlightened being who has forsaken entry into nirvana until all beings are saved. In Japan, Korea, China, and across the world, Jizo Bodhisattva is known as the Buddhist "saint" of travelers. A protector for those journeying in both the physical and spiritual realms, Jizo has special significance for pregnant women and for those who have lost their children. Jizo practice involves meditation, ceremony, prayer, and the creation of sanctuaries, which all serve to help those grieving the loss of loved ones.

Jizo Bodhisattva: Modern Healing and Traditional Buddhist Practice covers the historical evolution of Jizo Bodhisattva as viewed across Asia and in the United States. Inspired by her own personal experience with Jizo practice, Jan Chozen Bays has written this compelling text to help readers better understand how Jizo can help people confront human suffering. In straightforward text, accompanied by beautiful black-and-white photographs and illustrations, Bays has written the perfect book for those who are grieving, those who have lost loved ones, or anyone with an interest in Buddhism. Jizo Bodhisattva will bring you closer to understanding the rich, diverse ways in which Buddhism is practiced across the globe.

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Really a very good book - written in accessible language but still remaining serious and scholarly - I have used this as a reference several times on academic bibliographies. Quite unique, and ... Read full review

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Bodhisattva means "enlightenment being" in Sanskrit i.e., one who is ready to pass over into nirvana and merge into oneness with the universe. The bodhisattva, however, postpones nirvana out of ... Read full review

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Jan Chozen Bays is the abbess of Great Vow Zen Monastery, and the author of Jizo Bodhisattva.

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