Putuoshan Island is dedicated to the goddess of compassion, Guanyin. Above she is depicted on the central altar in Puji temple with a smaller statue of Tara below her. Practitioners come in droves to pray for her mercy and offering gratitude for her blessings. Her large countenance creates a sense of awe when you enter the temple and there is a hushed quiet in the movement of men and women circumambulating her altar.
In September I will be returning to Putuoshan and other sacred sites in of Guanyin to guide a 12 day pilgrimage sponsored by True Nature Journeys. Please check out: Sacred China and consider joining us!
In telling the gripping story of her near-fatal ice climbing fall, Deborah names the blind-spots in awareness that cause many of us self harm. She goes on to describe how wisdom and compassion can be gleaned from our mistakes through the grace of presence, gratitude and letting go.