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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Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

By far one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is regarded transformatipn the embodiment of compassion. It seems to me that the term “fertility goddess” should be reserved for deities with wide powers over the fertility of the soil, plants, and animals, as well as women. This chapter contained a great deal of interesting ideas about how religion affects trxnsformation and gave me lots of food for thought.

Kang Shua added it Jun 15, Please try again later. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? One wonders why it took until to find it! Various local feminine Chinese incarnations of Guanyin can be read back into South Asian scriptural precedent. Set your country here to find out accurate prices. It was not shown how or where she was worshiped by avalokitesvarx people.

Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

However, some later Wu-wei sect texts did incorpo- rate elements of the myth of a new era associated with the Future Buddha Maitreya. Mia marked it as to-read Dec 20, Not kuuan-yin be avoided – and a must for every devotee of Kuan Shih Yin. Yu’s command of art history and iconography deserve tremendous credit.

In addressing the story Yu looked at the White Lotus teachings of lay Buddhism, she mentioned a book which I’m going to have to track down about chinee history of White Lotus teachings in China, their origins in lay Buddhism, how they were seen by the government and their later involvement in different rebellions.


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

The cult of Kuan-yin in China was made even more specific and con- crete by collections of miracle tales, transformatlon of the bodhisattva’s efficacious responses to the prayers of her devotees, the first set of which was pub- lished in the fourth century. She emphasizes the close relationship between iconography and hransformation, and notes the connection between new types of devotional groups and changes in beliefs.

Books by Chun-fang Yu. 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: The same goes for the long discussions of self-mutilation for the benefit of others on pages and ; all of these sections could be ar- ticles or monographs in their own right.

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Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

These scriptures were frequently distributed by monks and contained tales of the miracles that occurred when people recited them. Don’t have a Kindle? There are two long sections including valuable information that might have been better put in appendices to the book those on the manifestations of Kuan-yin in “Divine Monks,” pp. Yii writes, “I am convinced that her cult was due to a group of indigenous texts that present [Kuan-yin] primarily as a god- dess with child-granting efficacy” p.

Zakuri Vasicak added it Mar 30, The Kuan Yin Chronicles: She also addresses the idea of sexuality and the Goddess, how the wife of Mr.

Paperbackpages. Niklas marked it as to-read Sep 29, I was dismayed to learn the author has located so many ancient requests for Kuan Yin that include wealth and sons The narrative of Kuan Yin among my educated American friends avalookitesvara somewhat different.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Shane Beaumont rated it it was amazing Oct 30, This scholarly and thorough book gives a good account of how Guanyin emerged in China.


A wee bit too scholarly. The causes and processes of this metamorphosis have perplexed Buddhist scholars for centuries. The Journal of Religion As to contents, I offer the following minor comments and questions. Yu then looked at the feminine forms of Kuan Yin. She is believed to provide children to the pious but is “devoid of sexuality” avalokiteavara is “never a mother” p.

This story first appears in relatively complete form in a stele that was “re-erected” in and has recently been rediscovered at the Hsiang-shan monastery associated with Miao-shan p. They come through to the reader as digressions from the story; it would have been enough in the main body of the book to discuss only what is directly relevant to the development of Kuan-yin. It seems like kian-yin interests in the sutras were more practical, safety in this world or the next, with instant benefits simply by calling on the Buddha.

She also looks at Western, Chinese and Japanese scholarship.

Nickie Yeung rated it it was ok Nov 06, Dominic Pakenham rated it it was amazing Aug 23, However, the additional pleasure in the novel comes from Yu’s own personal experience with Guan-Yin, starting with her avaloitesvara, and this direct connection is interwoven throughout the book, so instead of a dry scholarly approach, we have a book created by an author whose approach to a loving topic is not to skim over it, but to pursue it in full depth. Avaookitesvara will be a valuable resource for many years to come and has been a privilege to read and review.

She gives several different versions of the story, and shows how they develop. Hence, this book is a major case study of the Mahayana concept of updya skillful meansby which the teaching can be communicated in ways that accord with the understanding of its hearers.

Oct 04, Peter rated it really liked it.