Going Beyond Our Conditioning with Energy and Insight

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By trusting in our own resources of understanding, energy and insight we have access to the power to go beyond the boundaries of our conditioning.  We begin naturally to explore the depths and possibilities of our own being.

~ Christina Feldman

IMG_9546_lzn May you be blessed with energy and insight in the New Year!

Warmly, Deborah

P.S. Temple photos from my trip to Taiwan in 2010.

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Kindness: A nun in Taiwan

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We need to remember that most of practice can be summed up in kindness.

Charlotte Joko Beck

I feel blessed to include this photo in my book, The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love.  My host in Taiwan, Venerable Jenkir Shih, is pictured on the right with one of her elder students from one of her classes on Buddhism.  She brought me with her to visit this lovely woman after the death of her husband.  Many family members gathered for the visit with Ven. Jenkir and I was treated to the warmth of an extended Chinese family honoring a loved one.

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If you are in Boulder don’t miss my book signing at the Boulder Bookstore, Weds, Apr 24, 7:30 – 8:30.  I will be presenting a slideshow of photos from the book and talking about the quotes from women teachers that accompany the photos.

In Vietnam with Guanyin

Deborah Bowman in a temple in Hoi An, Vietnam

Buddha surrounded by the Feminine

While visiting the home of an elder Taiwanese women I was granted permission to photograph her altar which included this triptych of the Buddha and two images of Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of compassion.  The figure on the Buddha’s right is holding a vase with healing nectars and the figure on the left is hold a lotus flower, symbolic of purity arising from the mud, or the interdependence of samsara and nirvana.

Buddha and Guanyin are standing on lotus flowers and the lights on the altar are also lotus flowers with their images reflected in the glass in the triptych.  The lotus color of pink is associated with Buddhism in the East and is common in the decorations on altars.

Both the Buddha and the Guanyin figure on the right gesture with one hand up in the Dharmachakra mudra representative of their role in teaching the path from suffering to liberation.  Dharmachakra literally means the wheel of Dharma or truth and the gesture of the thumb and forefinger is in the shape of a circle or wheel.

Guanyin is considered to have mastered the Buddha’s teachings and is committed to the salvation of all suffering beings through her healing and teaching.  When visiting temples in Taiwan and Vietnam it was common to see a large Buddha statue flanked on both sides by feminine images of Guanyin.

In some sects Guanyin was the central figure on the altar and in others she may have been a smaller figure but was never absent in these countries of the Chinese diaspora. China has a long history of female goddess figures and was the country where the male Buddhist figure of compassion, Avelokitesvara, transformed into a woman over the course of 800 years.

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Many images and quotes in the spirit of Guanyin are on on the way!

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