Kuan-yin: The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara by Chün-fang Yü PDF

By Chün-fang Yü

by means of a long way some of the most vital items of worship within the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is thought of as the embodiment of compassion. He has been greatly respected through the Buddhist nations of Asia because the early centuries of the typical period. whereas he used to be heavily pointed out with the royalty in South and Southeast Asia, and the Tibetans proceed to today to view the Dalai Lamas as his incarnations, in China he grew to become a she -- Kuan-yin, the "Goddess of Mercy" -- and has a really diverse background. The motives and tactics of this metamorphosis have puzzled Buddhist students for centuries.

during this groundbreaking, entire learn, Chün-fang Yü discusses this dramatic transformation of the (male) Indian bodhisattva Avalokitesvara into the (female) chinese language Kuan-yin -- from a comparatively minor determine within the Buddha's retinue to a common savior and probably the most renowned deities in chinese language religion.

targeting some of the media by which the female Kuan-yin grew to become developed and domesticated in China, Yü completely examines Buddhist scriptures, miracle tales, pilgrimages, renowned literature, and monastic and native gazetteers -- in addition to the altering iconography mirrored in Kuan-yin's photographs and inventive representations -- to figure out the function this fabric performed during this impressive transformation. The publication eloquently depicts the domestication of Kuan-yin as a case examine of the indigenization of Buddhism in China and illuminates the methods this cherished deity has affected the lives of all chinese language humans down the ages.

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