Bodhisattva Archetypes: Classic Buddhist Guides to Awakening and Their Modern Expression Taigen Dan Leighton

ISBN: 9780140195569

Published: February 1st 1998

Paperback

320 pages


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Bodhisattva Archetypes: Classic Buddhist Guides to Awakening and Their Modern Expression  by  Taigen Dan Leighton

Bodhisattva Archetypes: Classic Buddhist Guides to Awakening and Their Modern Expression by Taigen Dan Leighton
February 1st 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780140195569 | 3.19 Mb

Contemporary Westerners look for spiritual guides to help them find the way to a more wholesome, productive lifestyle, and this fascinating book offers an introduction to a particular kind of guide, the Bodhisattva figures of the BuddhistMoreContemporary Westerners look for spiritual guides to help them find the way to a more wholesome, productive lifestyle, and this fascinating book offers an introduction to a particular kind of guide, the Bodhisattva figures of the Buddhist tradition.Explaining the psychology of bodhisattva practice, imagery, and imagination, Bodhisattva Archetypes identifies a number of archetypal figures -- beings dedicated to the universal awakening or enlightenment of everyone.

In language that is subjective and reflective -- with fascinating folklore of the Bodhisattva tradition and numerous illustrations of the icons and their sacred sites -- Taigen Daniel Leighton introduces readers to recognizable Bodhisattva archetypes, like Maitreya the future Buddha (often depicted as a fat, laughing Chinese figure) as well as contemporary figures who exemplify Bodhisattva ideals, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau.

These familiar personages from non-Buddhist spiritual traditions reinforce Leightons view that the search for spiritual well-being is global, and that, in todays world, the bodhisattva ideal is a relevant, useful guide.



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