Monthly Archives: October 2010

Ancient Influences Among Modern Chinese Students

Last night I went to a party for English majors at the Old Campus of Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences. Various performances of song, dance and even poetry were demonstrated. I was struck by how serious and beautiful were … Continue reading

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Is Guan Yin an Idol?

  Maria Reis Habito tells a personal story published in the Buddhist Christian Journal (1993, University of Hawaii Press) about how she was raised in a Roman Catholic family. Then as a young woman she went to Taiwan to study … Continue reading

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Global Guan Yin

Last year I was preparing a sermon for a wedding I was to preform for some volunteers who had come to the Dominican Republic. I was scanning Youtube for some music I could play for  the service. I ran across … Continue reading

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Guan Yin and the Monkey King

Guan Yin and the Monkey King For weeks I have been watching Chinese Opera. It is highly symbolic and it gives a psychological view of how Chinese people see themselves. Chinese Opera is highly refined and requires real study and … Continue reading

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Guan Yin and the Beatles

Yesterday I was sitting at my desk reading an academic paper about Kuan Yin and over the public broadcast system on the campus came the song “Let it Be” by Paul McCartney. The words “Mother Mary come to me, speaking … Continue reading

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Universal Threads in the Garment of Guan Yin

The story of Guan Yin and the Swallows follows a universal pattern I have noticed in Christian hagiography of female saints in the Middle East. (See my books Hilaria: the Woman who Became a Man, 2005,  (Amazon.com) ) and Monks of … Continue reading

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Longing for Madonna

Longing for the True Feminine I met China Galland in 1999, thirteen miles up the Chama Canyon in New Mexico at Christ in the Desert Monastery. She introduced herself as a Jungian analyst. We began to talk about the Black … Continue reading

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