Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

By far one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is regarded as the embodiment of compassion He has been widely revered throughout the Buddhist countries of Asia since the early centuries of the Common Era While he was closely identified with the royalty in South and Southeast Asia, and the Tibetans continue tBy far one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is regarded as the embodiment of compassion He has been widely revered throughout the Buddhist countries of Asia since the early centuries of the Common Era 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 The causes and processes of this metamorphosis have perplexed Buddhist scholars for centuries.In this groundbreaking, comprehensive study, Chun fang Yu discusses this dramatic transformation of the male Indian bodhisattva Avalokitesvara into the female Chinese Kuan yin from a relatively minor figure in the Buddha s retinue to a universal savior and one of the most popular deities in Chinese religion.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 this material played in this amazing transformation 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.
Kuan Yin The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara By far one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist traditions the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is regarded as the embodiment of compassion He has been widely revered throughout the Bud

  • Title: Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara
  • Author: Chun-fang Yu
  • ISBN: 9780231120296
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • Guanyin Guanyin or Guan Yin w n j n is the most commonly used Chinese translation of the bodhisattva known today as Avalokitesvara In English usage, Guanyin refers to the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion and venerated chiefly by followers of Mahayana Buddhist schools as practiced in the sinosphere.Guanyin also refers to the bodhisattva as adopted by non Kuan yin the Chinese transformation of Still working on this meaty piece of scholarship As noted,Kuan Yin has achieved a bit of cult status in the Western world This book could serve as a corrective but it is a slog in places, and requires a than basic knowledge of ancient India, Tibet, and assorted dynasties in China. The Kuan Yin Chronicles The Myths and Prophecies of the Kuan Yin is the most important, best loved deity in the Chinese world She is the living expression of compassion and the center of devotion in most Chinese homes and workplaces. Kuan Yin Quan Yin Kwan Yin Chinese goddess of compassion QUAN YIN Kuan Yin or Kwan Yin Buddhist Goddess of Compassion Scholars are still debating the origin of devotion to the female bodhisattva Kuan Yin also know as Quan Shi Yin and Kwan Yin. Ti Kuan Yin Tea Ten Ren Tea Ti Kuan Yin is considered part of the Oolong tea family as a semi fermented tea Ti Kuan Yin is known as a special variety of Camellia Sinesis tea plant. Kuan Yin Statues Female Buddha of Compassion and Mercy Who is Kuan Yin Also known as Kwan Yin Guan Yin Dan Brown made the phrase sacred feminine a household term in his bestseller The Da Vinci Code the concept however, has been in existence for centuries and is a central aspect of ancient, pre Christian religions. The Female Buddha porchlight According to one legend, Kwan Yin, who is often referred to as the female Buddha, was a beautiful Indian princess who forsook marriage and the good life to live in a convent in order to become a truly enlightened human being, or bodhisattva. Quan Yin A Chapel of Our Mother God Quan Yin also spelt Kuan Yin, Kwan Yin or Pinyin Guanyin is well known as the compassionate Regarder of the Cries of the World. As we shall see, this Form of the Universal Dea is of great relevance and importance to our current world, providing us with a means of approach to the Daughter Savior stream of Divine Compassion. Kuan Yin Temple in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Attractions Kuan Yin Temple was built in and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin Also known as Guanyin Temple, it is located across the road from Jalan Stadium in Chinatown Featuring distinctly Chinese and European baroque architecture, the temple is one of the most colourful shrines in the city. Tieguanyin Quick description The harvests in spring also known as Jade and autumn are most prized for the fruity, sometimes even berry taste and aroma

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    1. An encyclopedia of the Chinese Guanyin, who comes to us today not just as instructor, savior, and wonder-worker, but through every diverse form of media. 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. What we are presented with is a genuine surfeit of surfaces, of appearances. Yü deftly threads them all together, but there are so many nodes and connections that it ca [...]

    2. The book Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara by Chun-Fang Yu is easily one of the best books I've read in quite some time. The amount of research that has gone into this book is truly staggering. Yu takes as her sources sutras, both from Indian and Indigenous to China, miracle tales, iconography, precious scrolls, rituals and writings of monks and lay people spanning almost 2000 years. She also looks at Western, Chinese and Japanese scholarship. In addition to written document [...]

    3. Finally finished reading this classic! whew. the research methodology can be greatly useful, though I'll be more interested in the negotiations of being/becomeing "chinese" while still maintain 'authenticicity' instead of taking chineseness of chinese people/locale/culture as a given. Yu's book definitely touched on the changing nature of 'chineseness' but her focus is more on the chinese transformation of this indian deity, hence 'chineseness' becomes the background. in chinese buddhist moderni [...]

    4. This scholarly and thorough book gives a good account of how Guanyin emerged in China. I especially enjoyed reading a lot of old stories about Guanyin that were woven into the book. 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 vocabulary), this will be a very enlightening book.

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