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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The timing of Kuan Yin’s transformation, being the Song, was shown to be a time where women faced greater persecution by men, and had smaller outlets avaookitesvara expression. Shipped from US in 4 to 14 days standard 3 to 8 days expedited. Mia marked it as to-read Dec 20, While not so interesting a chapter.

Showing avalokitesvarx 9 reviews. In other words, precisely because there were no strong goddesses around, Kuan- yin could undergo a sexual transformation. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

Angie rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Zakuri Vasicak added it Mar 30, Refresh and try again. Customers who bought this item also bought. She argued despite the popularity of the Queen Mother of the West in Taoism, there was little evidence to show a practicing cult for her.

Finally, here is an historically-oriented, multi-disciplinary view of Buddhist practice and iconography that is well-written and impeccably researched. Rae Ann added it May 12, It was interesting to contrast pilgrimages today with those made during the Ming dynasty. Here one finds discus- sions of Kuan-yin as a deity in local temples, lineage shrines and homes, and as a focus of groups of woman devotees.

The Evolution of Compassion Paperback. Well worth reading by those 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.


Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

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. Focusing on the various media through which the feminine Kuan-yin became constructed and domesticated in China, Yu thoroughly examines Buddhist scriptures, miracle stories, pilgrimages, popular literature, and monastic and local gazetteers — as well as the changing iconography reflected in Kuan-yin’s images and artistic representations — to determine the role these materials played in this amazing transformation.

She also looks at Western, Chinese and Japanese scholarship. Vera rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Directories Courses Discussion Groups.

She begins with a discus- sion of the roles of Avalokiteivara in some of the more than eighty sutras in which the bodhisattva appears, first in the entourage of the Buddha in texts translated as early as the second and third centuries C. Megan Jones marked it as to-read May 03, Yu then looks at indigenous sutras, most of which were never included as Buddhist cannon, but were chines popular.

As noted,Kuan Yin has achieved a bit of cult status in the Western world.

Yu made the argument that in order for Kuan Yin to become a true Chinese deity then she needed a mortal embodiment to become human before she was able to become a god. 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.

I would argue that Kuan-yin filled the empty space.

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

Dominic Pakenham rated it it was amazing Aug 23, After the legend of Miao Shan became popular festivals were now held on her birthday for Kuan Yin. 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. All deities are produced by the human imagination, and this book tells the story of the development and social expression of chnese such imaginative symbol relatively uncluttered by political and economic mo- tives.


Lisa marked it as to-read Apr 02, Not to be avoided – and a must for every devotee of Kuan Shih Yin. How not only Kuan Yin changed in China, but also how Buddhism changed.

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 Chinewe people and events.

Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

Grace Song added it Feb 17, It is to the eternal credit of the Lotus and the dhdrani texts pf they promise pious woman devotees daughters as well as sons, though it was sons that were emphasized in China, where contin- uing the patriarchal family line was such a central value.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Rowan White marked it as to-read Sep 09, But even the earlier chapters sometimes end up in the twentieth century.

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. Maggie Dianna marked it as to-read Jan 20,