Kuan-yin (Perceiver of Sounds), or Kuan-shih-yin (Perceiver of the World’s Sounds) is the Chinese name for Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, . Source Version, Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara / Chün- fang Yü. Yü, Chün-fang, New York: Columbia University Press, c Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Aug 1, , Beata Grant and others published Kuan-yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokiteshvara.

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She asks questions, avalokiesvara what she is trying to uncover and summarizes each chapter succinctly. This scripture influenced many more later on pp. I also like how it builds on the contemporary scholarship in Chinese religion of the time, and what follows the colon will be a series of buzzwords: Her book includes translations of many long pas- sages and even some complete short texts, so it will be a fundamental resource for the study of its topic for years to come.

Examining the bureaucratic hierarchy of Chinese society, Yu concludes that there was “too much yang and not enough yin.

Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara by Chun-fang Yu

Tranaformation Kuan Yin Chronicles: Lisa marked it as to-read Apr 02, I especially enjoyed reading a lot of old stories about Guanyin that were woven into the book.

Preview — Kuan-Yin by Chun-fang Trsnsformation. Finally, there is a whole new body of evidence about Kuan-yin as a local village protector deity to which Yii does not refer but which brings the goddess very much to earth. By continuing past this page, you agree to abide by these terms.

But even the earlier chapters sometimes end up in the twentieth century. The Evolution of Compassion. The kuan-hin interrelated issues that dominate Chun-fang Yii’s discussion are the change in gender of Kuan-yin images and the transformation of the Indian bodhisattva into a Chinese goddess.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. She addressed marriage resistance, particularly looking at how this type of resistance to marriage was common in the Taoist writings about saintly women, rather than coming from either the Buddhist or Confucian traditions.


Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

There is also a huge and ferocious transformation image of Kuan-yin venerated at rituals of community renewal to drive away harmful forces. Please try again later. This makes learning more about the worship and ritual of this goddess a treacherous course, with a avqlokitesvara of books in the market not really discussing anything of the fascinating unique Chinese beliefs in fact, this can be said about the entire “neo-pagan” mavement.

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Paperbackpages. Yu also illustrated the money to be made in the pilgrimage business. She is believed to provide children to the pious but is “devoid of sexuality” and is “never a mother” p.

The last took on the persona of Princess Miao Shan the legend of Miao Shan was one of the most interesting chapters in the book.

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Kuan-yin Guanyinor Kuan-shih-yin, the Chinese form of the Indian Buddhist bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, has long been tbe most widely wor- shiped bodhisattva in China and has been venerated under different names in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Set your country here to find out accurate prices. Jaina Bee marked it as to-read Nov 07, Tags No tags found.

Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

One wonders why it took until to find it! One thing I love about this study is how it localizes and temporalizes every incarnation of Guanyin, and follows the movement of the cult or the belief through kkan-yin of the media a tale, a sighting, a statue, a painting, a scripture, a stele. Wendy rated it really liked it May 24, One thing I found surprising was the rituals for confessing sin and repentance, not something I normally associate with Buddhism.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Kang Shua added it Jun 15, By far one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is regarded as the embodiment of compassion.

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Miao Shan also visited the 10 hells to free those suffering there. By doing this it becomes clear how and where the changes Kuan Yin went through took place, and patterns are developed that can show the progression that has been made. The cult of Kuan-yin in China was made even more specific and con- crete by collections of miracle tales, stories of the bodhisattva’s efficacious responses to the prayers of her devotees, the first set of which was pub- lished in the fourth century.


Professor Yu’s book concludes with detailed discussion of later “femi- nine forms of Kuan-yin,” including the Eternal Venerable Mother of sec- tarian mythology. A Court on Horseback: These benefits are available to all through simple rituals and sincere invo.

Yu looks at Kwan Yin through a Chinese-American lens, carefully examining past scholarship and then giving her own persuasive appraisal of the Avslokitesvara cult of the Compassion Mother. Lists with This Book. Of course, a prob- lem with this approach is that concepts or symbols that may be updya for Buddhas and intellectuals can be appropriated literally by ordinary folk, so that temporary manifestations of a bodhisattva’s compassion become permanent gods who take on careers of their own.

However, some later Wu-wei sect texts did incorpo- rate elements of the myth of a new era associated with the Future Buddha Maitreya. In other words, precisely because there were no strong goddesses around, Kuan- yin could undergo a sexual transformation.

One person found avalokitesvraa helpful. Dominic Pakenham rated it it was amazing Aug 23, Open Preview See a Problem? United States United Kingdom Canada. The causes and processes of this metamorphosis have perplexed Buddhist scholars for centuries.

Though the symbolism of this figure was kuan-yyin first masculine, it was later perceived in China as feminine and became the most important Chinese female deity.