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

Emilie Hamilton marked it as to-read Mar 07, This book could serve as a corrective but it is a slog in places, and requires a more than basic knowledge of ancient India, Tibet, and assorted dynasties in China. Benjamin Pointer rated it really liked it Sep 14, It seems like earlier interests in the sutras were more practical, safety in this world or the next, with instant benefits simply by calling on the Buddha.

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

The writer continues to refer to the Transfrmation Yin figure as a “goddess”which isn’t in Buddhist theology. These scriptures were frequently distributed by monks and contained tales of the miracles that occurred when people recited them.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Having recently travelled with my wife and in-laws to Hong Kong, and escorted my chinese wife and mother-in-law to the Wong Tai Sin temple during the Chinese New Year, I wanted to learn more about the indigenous beliefs and history of Guan-Yin, and eventually decided on Chun-Fang Yu’s book.


This figure first appeared in the tenth century p. The most important early scriptural source is the Uni- versal Gateway chapter of the Lotus Stitra, which was first translated into Chinese in C.

Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

The amount of research that has gone into this book is truly staggering. 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 movement of the media a tale, a sighting, a statue, a painting, a scripture, a stele.

The author covered so much and did it in such an interesting and informative manner. Yu, who admitted she knew very little about the history of art when she started her research, was able to combine the visual representations of Kuan Yin with their textual counterparts and beliefs. The Evolution of Compassion.

Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine. AmazonGlobal Ship Ov Internationally. It was not shown how or where she transfformation worshiped by the people.

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. Paperbackpages. Write a customer review. Yu’s writing is clear and succinct and very easy to follow.

The book eloquently depicts the domestication of Kuan-yin as a case study of the indigenization of Buddhism in China and illuminates the ways this beloved deity has affected the lives of all Chinese people down the ages. She also made the interesting argument that a powerful female Goddess will not necessarily lead to greater equality among women, which was an interesting idea I had not considered before but made sense.


Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara on your Kindle in under a minute. 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.

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

A Court on Horseback: What we are presented with is a genuine surfeit of surfaces, of appearances. Peter marked it as to-read Nov 25, 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 is somewhat different.

There was so much in this book! This part looked at the history of self immolation and bodily sacrifice by Buddhist monks, and was more than a little gross!

The causes and processes of this metamorphosis have perplexed Buddhist scholars for centuries. Tara rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Finally, here is an historically-oriented, multi-disciplinary view of Buddhist practice and iconography that is well-written and impeccably researched.