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Includes the name: Martin Palmer

Works by Martin Palmer

The Kuan Yin Chronicles (2009) 138 copies
The atlas of religion (1993) — Author — 125 copies
The Elements of Taoism (1991) 84 copies
T'ung Shu (1986) 45 copies
Living Christianity (1993) 16 copies
Lines of Destiny (1986) 7 copies
Worlds of difference (1985) 6 copies
Faiths and Festivals (1984) 5 copies
Dancing to Armageddon (1992) 5 copies
What should we teach? (1991) 3 copies
Wat is tao誰sme ? (1993) 2 copies
Die Jesus Sutras. (2002) 2 copies
Taoismus (2002) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Book of Chuang Tzu (Penguin Classics) (1968) — some editions — 881 copies
Men on Men 3: Best New Gay Fiction (1990) — Contributor — 202 copies
Flesh and the Word 3: An Anthology of Erotic Writing (1995) — Contributor — 100 copies
Sacred Journeys: An Illustrated Guide to Pilgrimages Around the World (1997) — Foreword, some editions — 77 copies
Happily Ever After: Erotic Fairy Tales For Men (1996) — Contributor — 34 copies


Common Knowledge

Sacred Land Project (development officer)
Short biography
Martin Palmer is the director of the International Consultancy of Religion, Education and Culture. He is an expert on interfaith work, as well as the author of many books and the translator of numerous Chinese texts. Palmer lives in England.



Kuan Yin is the most important, best-loved deity in the Chinese world. She is the living expression of compassion and the center of devotion in most Chinese homes and workplaces. Yet she is barely known in the West. The authors of The Kuan Yin Chronicles introduce Kuan Yin to Western readers, and reveal that Kuan Yin is the mystery and power of the divine feminine, who transcends all doctrines, creeds, and traditions.

The book is divided into three sections:

1. The origins and evolution of Kuan Yin in early China, Buddhism, Taoism, and shamanism.

2. The myths and stories about Kuan Yin.

3. Fresh translations of 100 Kuan Yin poems, which function as both literature and tools for divination and prophecy.
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PSZC | 4 other reviews | Mar 24, 2023 |
This probably the closest thing I possess to a religious text that I actually consult on a regular basis to help me make decisions. It may not be the most historically accurate translation - and it doesn't have any of the standard classical analysis - but that's OK. It was written as a new, modern take on it, and to be used on a practical day-to-day basis.
johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
in 1907, in a remote region of China, explorers discovered a vast treasure trove of ancient scrolls. Dating from the 5th to 11th centuries AD they recounted a Taoist Christian interpretation of Jesus' life and teachings. In the Jesus Sutras, eminent theologian Martin Palmer provides the first popular history and translation of these extraordinary sacred texts. They offer a gentler, more Eastern, Spiritual Christianity, and provide an important message for us today
Langri_Tangpa_Centre | 3 other reviews | Jan 26, 2020 |
Faith is for fools, and Faith in conservation. New approaches to religions and the environment is an extremely naive publication. The book consists of two parts. Part 1 consists of five chapters describing world efforts in environmental protection and the religious dimension in views on the environment. Part 2 consists of 12 short chapters, an introduction followed by 11 chapters each devoted to one of the major religions. For each of these religions, the authors point out what the basic views of each of these religions is on the world and the environment. However, this is all very theoretical. The authors suggest that almost all religions are very positive about protecting nature and the environment, but they seem to forget that this has not helped very much during the past 1000 years, or so. Besides, the overall worldwide trend is one of secularisation, which means that religious groups have less influence than before. Since the book apparently in meant to show similarities between religions, the structure of the 11 chapters in Part 2 is similar, making the book boring and repetitive. Many sections in each of these chapters are very short, half a page or less. The five chapters in Part 1 are simple, while a lot of interesting material is spread out over the introductions to each of the 11 chapters of Part 2.… (more)
edwinbcn | Feb 8, 2019 |

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