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The Promise of Kuan Yin
Wisdom, Miracles, & Compassion
Author Martin Palmer, Author Jay Ramsay
ISBN: 9781642970210
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Hampton Roads Publishing
5.25 x 7.5
240 pages
March 1, 2021


The best and most comprehensive book on the most important and best-loved Chinese goddess.

Walk down the streets of Chinatown in any American or western European city and look around. She is there. Walk through the downtown streets, look in a shop window. She is there. Go to any city in China and open your eyes. She is there, too.

Kuan Yin is the most ubiquitous Chinese deity—and the most loved. She is the living expression of compassion whose gentle face and elegant figure form the center of devotion in most Chinese homes and workplaces. Until relatively recently, she was barely known in the West, and few studies had been made of her.

Originally published as Kuan Yin by Harper Collins in 1995 (and republished as The Kuan Yin Chronicles by Hampton Roads in 2009), this seminal work explores the origins and evolution of the goddess in ancient China, early Buddhism, Taoism, and shamanism. Religious scholar Martin Palmer and Chinese divination expert Man-Ho Kwok discuss the Kuan Yin myths and stories, and Jay Ramsay provides fresh translations of 100 Kuan Yin poems that function both as literature and divination tools.

“A compelling story that reads like a detective mystery . . . and shows the contemporary reassertion of the Goddess in the hearts and minds of men and women.” —Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade.

Martin Palmer is the director of the International Consultancy of Religion, Education and Culture. He is a renowned world expert on Chinese religion, philosophy and culture, as well as the author of many books and the translator of numerous Chinese texts. Palmer lives in England.
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Jay Ramsay is a poet and therapist. Among his published works are The Heart’s Ragged Evangelist and Crucible of Love. He lives in England.
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