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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Arvin Gouw rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine. 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. The author attributes this transformation not to Tibetan influence, as some have argued before, but to the influence of Chinese regional cults and iconography expressed in new scriptures and rituals, particularly the “white-robed Kuan-yin,” a female figure robed in white, the color of clothing worn by Buddhist lay devotees.

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. Buddhist scriptures composed in China continue and elaborate these The Journal of Religion teachings but add stories about Kuan-yin’s life and family and specifically Chinese people and events.

The writer continues to refer to the Kuan Yin figure as a transforamtionwhich isn’t in Buddhist theology. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.


These stories of miraculous deliverance and appearances provide valuable evidence about the development of beliefs and imagery; their specificity led to Kuan-yin no longer being just a “mythical figure mentioned in the stitras, but a ‘real presence”‘ p. Tags No tags found. More than simply looking at the change Kuan Yin underwent in China Yu also looks at the different rtansformation Buddhism took.

If you are curious about Guanyin and already have some basic knowledge of the transformatoon and vocabulary of Buddhism I often struggled with the specialized vocabularythis will be a very enlightening book. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. It was not shown how or where she was worshiped by the people. Lisa marked it as to-read Apr 02, Shipped from US in 4 to 14 days standard 3 to 8 days expedited.

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Some of the transormation had religious names, including the word miao marvelous pp. Of all the imported deities, Kuan-yin is the only one who successfully became a gen- uine Chinese goddess.

Yu then looks at indigenous sutras, most of which were never included as Buddhist cannon, but were very popular. I just can’t seem to say enough nice things about it Guanyin comes to her audiences avalokitesgara 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.

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However these rituals became increasingly more popular, and today are done frequently in temples. Yu’s command of art history and iconography deserve tremendous credit. This figure first appeared in the tenth century p. She also addresses the idea of sexuality and the Goddess, how the wife of Mr.

Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

Still working on this meaty piece of scholarship. The book starts with Yu’s transformatiob 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. In this case the beliefs in Kuan Yin of the south Seas. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign o.

Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

Hence, originally Buddhist symbols can be incorporated into popular religion and so en- rich its power and scope. This scholarly and thorough book gives a good account of how Guanyin emerged in China.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Is it correct to refer to Kuan-yin as a “fertility transflrmation as on pages, and ?