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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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: Kuan-yin Guanyinor Kuan-shih-yin, the Chinese form of the Indian Buddhist bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, has long been the most widely wor- shiped bodhisattva in China and has been venerated under different names in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Tibet.

Guanyin comes to her audiences in fragments that do not necessarily come together as one coherent whole; and any one of these chapters could be the basis of an individual book.

Updated September 21st, Rating: Don’t have a Kindle? But even the earlier chapters sometimes end up in the twentieth century. The cult of Kuan-yin in China was made even more specific and con- crete by collections of miracle tales, chiense of the bodhisattva’s efficacious responses to the prayers of her devotees, the first set of which was pub- lished in the fourth century.

Kim rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Benjamin Pointer rated it really liked it Sep 14, 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.

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.

Wendy rated it really liked it May 24, As noted,Kuan Yin has achieved a bit of cult status in the Western world. Gwen rated it it was amazing Feb 19, The text is amazingly well researched and thorough.

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Lists of the types of aid available are expanded in later texts, with twenty-eight in a dhdranz; or invocation, text translated in the sixth century see pp. LB Johnson marked it as to-read Jan 12, There are two long sections including valuable information that might have been better put in appendices to the book those dhinese the manifestations of Kuan-yin in “Divine Monks,” pp.

Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

Adrien Stoloff rated it it was amazing Jan 21, avalokitevsara Arvin Gouw rated it it was amazing Oct 24, By making her work an interdisciplinary study she was really able to give a good glimpse tne every aspect of the Goddess, and Bodhivista.

Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Learn more about Amazon Prime. 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. Yu also illustrated the money to be made in the pilgrimage business. Please try again later. One person found this helpful.

Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

Amazon Inspire Avalookitesvara Educational Resources. He has been widely revered throughout the Buddhist countries of Asia since the early centuries of the Common Era.

That evidence may be found in the wonderful series of books edited by John Lagerwey and his Chinese colleagues sinceThe Traditional Hakka Society Se- ries, in which by now at least eleven volumes have been published. Columbia University Press September 15, Language: Tara rated it it was amazing Jan 02, These sources include sutras of Indian and Central Asian origin, indigenous Chinese scriptures, avalokigesvara invocation texts, inscriptions, reports by local authors and schol- ars, collections of miracle tales, books composed by leaders of popular religious sects, and pamphlets distributed at temples.

Ma can be seen as a tease, and contrasts this with a much less popular story of the Goddess who gave out avalokitesvwra favors to any man who wanted them freely, and the men never felt desire again. Well worth reading by cuinese interested in the history of Chinese Buddhism or in having a deeper understanding of the part Kuan Yin plays in the lives and hearts of many.


This happened wholesale in China, with deity images, karma and rebirth, purgatory, miracle-working monks deified as local protectors, and so on. kuwn-yin

In an indigenous Chinese scripture from the eleventh century a “white-robed Kuan-yin” appears, associated with a “child-giving Kuan-yin,” a “maternal figure holding a baby in her arms” p. While he was closely identified with the royalty in South and Southeast Asia, and the Tibetans continue to this day to view the Dalai Lamas as his incarnations, in China he became a she –Kuan-yin, the “Goddess of Mercy”–and has a very different history.

If you are curious about Guanyin and already have some basic knowledge of the history and vocabulary of Buddhism I often struggled with the specialized vocabularythis will be a very enlightening book.

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

Kuan-yin is something else. What we are presented with is a genuine surfeit of surfaces, of appearances. However, the additional pleasure in the novel comes from Yu’s avalokktesvara personal experience with Guan-Yin, starting with her grandmother, 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.

Kc Falk rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Megan Jones marked it as to-read May 03, Yu’s command of art history and iconography deserve tremendous credit.

It was not shown how or where she was worshiped by the people.