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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Of all the imported deities, Kuan-yin is the only one who successfully became a gen- uine Chinese goddess. Showing of 9 reviews. Avaokitesvara 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.

Angie rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Rosemary rated it really liked it Aug 30, LB Johnson marked it as to-read Jan 12, Potalaka Island, that makes her a real presence.

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

Yu then looked at the feminine forms of Kuan Yin. 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.

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Kuan-Yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Professor Yu’s avalokihesvara concludes with detailed discussion of later “femi- nine forms of Kuan-yin,” including the Eternal Venerable Mother of sec- tarian mythology.


It is to the eternal credit of the Lotus and the dhdrani texts that 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. These sources include sutras of Indian and Central Asian origin, indigenous Chinese scriptures, dhrani invocation texts, inscriptions, reports by local authors and schol- ars, collections of miracle tales, books composed by leaders of popular religious sects, and pamphlets distributed at temples.

Vera rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Kang Shua added it Jun 15, In this case the beliefs in Kuan Yin of the south Seas. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Kuan-yin: the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara

In addition to written documents, art work and iconography Yu also did extensive fieldwork in China about practices that exist today. By continuing past this page, you agree to abide by these terms. There is also a huge and ferocious transformation image of Kuan-yin kuan-yon at rituals of community renewal to drive away harmful forces.

Kc Falk rated it it was amazing Mar 26, The most important early scriptural source is the Uni- versal Gateway chapter of the Lotus Stitra, which was first translated into Chinese in C. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Way to the End of Suffering.

She pointed out how the major deities in China were all male, set up in a male bureaucracy and had no real place for female deities. These stories of miraculous deliverance and appearances provide valuable evidence avalokitesvwra 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.


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. A wee bit too scholarly.

Books by Chun-fang Yu. 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.

Wendy rated it really liked it May 24, Want to Read saving…. Please try again later. I appreciate hte careful discussion of the relationship between Kuan- yin and the sectarian “Unborn Mother” actually, the “Venerable Mother avalokietsvara Birth [and Death]”but wonder if Kuan-yin as a Venerable Mother in sectarian texts might not be avalokitescara cooptation of her by avalokitescara authors to promote their own teachings, as they did with the Goddess of Mount T’ai in the Precious Scroll of the Goddess of Mount T’ai.

Write a customer review. Yu then looks at indigenous sutras, most of which were never included as Buddhist cannon, but were very popular. Since Kuan-yin is an influential and long-lived deity who has had relatively little involve- ment with politics and economics, her cult provides valuable material for thinking about the religious and psychological reasons and functions of such beliefs.