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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Aug 21, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fabio marked it as to-read Oct 01, Adam rated it really liked it Jul 23, Learn more about Amazon Prime. Way to the End of Suffering. Shipped from US in 4 to 14 days standard 3 to 8 days expedited. The book begins by looking at the history of Avalokitesvara in Sutras that were brought over from India and how these scriptures were received.

One of my favorite promises from reciting the sutras was if you were a woman who wished to be reborn as a man you could recite the sutra a certain number of times and when you died you would be transported to paradise where you would be surrounded by dancing girls. More precise comparison is needed here. It was not shown how or where she was worshiped by the people. As opposed to Mu-lien who was merely trying to free his mother and accidentally freed souls from hell, Miao Shan purposefully freed souls and eased the torments of those suffering there.

The decline of Chinese goddesses left a religious vac- uum.

In an indigenous Chinese scripture from the eleventh century a “white-robed Kuan-yin” appears, associated with a “child-giving Kuan-yin,” transfodmation “maternal figure holding a baby in her arms” p. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Mia marked it as to-read Dec 20, This makes learning more about the worship and ritual of this goddess a treacherous course, with a lot 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. Rae Ann added it May 12, The Kuan Yin Chronicles: United States United Kingdom Canada.


Alan added it Feb 18, Robin added it Jul 28, Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. 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. The Evolution of Compassion Paperback. Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: 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.

Based on fieldwork and on reports by local people themselves, these books provide more detail about village ritual traditions in southeast China than has ever been available before. Directories Courses Discussion Groups.

Write a customer review. Kavya rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Finally, here is an historically-oriented, multi-disciplinary view of Buddhist practice and iconography that is well-written and impeccably researched. Megan Jones marked it as to-read May 03, Benjamin Pointer rated it really liked it Sep 14, Lines are hard to draw; this book is full of evidence of specific miracles in response to prayers in thoroughly Bud- dhist contexts.

Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

The book starts with Yu’s own miracle tale about her grandmother who was a devotee of Kuan Yin who saved her life as a child by warning her and her mother not to get on a boat that ended up sinking.

I can’t think of a better tribute.

However, the additional pleasure in the novel comes from Yu’s own 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.


Though the symbolism of this figure was at first masculine, it was later perceived in China as feminine and became the most important Chinese female deity. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

To ask other readers questions about Kuan-Yinplease sign up. Kang Shua added it Jun 15, The two 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.

Alec Li marked it as to-read Dec 01, After the legend of Miao Shan became popular festivals were now held on her birthday for Kuan Yin. As noted,Kuan Yin has achieved a bit of cult status in the Western world. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: What we are presented with is a genuine surfeit of surfaces, of appearances. 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.

At the end of this process symbols such as Kuan-yin can become simply bearers of local divine power, protective deitylsaints whose ths may be forgotten.

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

Maggie Dianna marked it as to-read Jan 20, Yu then looks at the development of fish basket Kuan Yin, and the wife of Mr. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. By including how Kuan Yin is worshiped today and the effect the current religious beliefs have on her worshipers today really adds to the book.

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