Jizo Bodhisattva: Guardian of Children, Travelers, and Other Voyagers

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Shambhala Publications, 2003 - Religion - 280 pages
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Jizo is an important bodhisattva or "saint" of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Most prominent today in Japanese Zen, Jizo is understood to be the protector of those journeying through the physical and spiritual realms. This bodhisattva is closely associated with children, believed to be their guardian before birth, throughout childhood, and after death.

Here, an American Zen master offers an engaging and informative overview of the history of this important figure and conveys the practices and rituals connected with him, including a simple ceremony for remembering children who have died. Inspired by her own personal experience with Jizo practice, Bays explains how the Buddhist teachings on Jizo can bring peace to those confronted with suffering and loss.
 

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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

Contents

Jizo in America
1
Jizo in Japan
15
The WaterBaby Jizo
37
Jizo Bodhisattva and the Path of Pilgrimage
115
The Ring Staff
145
The Cintamani Jewel
157
Earth Store Bodhisattva
191
Practicing with Jizo Bodhisattva
207
A Simple Ceremony of Remembrance
233
Appendix
239
References by Chapter
255
Glossary
263
Acknowledgments
269
Permissions
279
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Jan Chozen Bays, MD, is a Zen master in the White Plum lineage of the late master Taizan Maezumi Roshi. She serves as a priest and teacher at the Jizo Mountain Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. She is also a pediatrician who specializes in the evaluation of children for abuse and neglect.

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