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

By Chün-fang Yü

by way of a ways essentially the most vital items of worship within the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is thought of as the embodiment of compassion. He has been largely 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 various heritage. The reasons and strategies of this metamorphosis have confused Buddhist students for centuries.

during this groundbreaking, finished 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 the most renowned deities in chinese language religion.

concentrating on many of the media in which the female Kuan-yin turned built and domesticated in China, Yü completely examines Buddhist scriptures, miracle tales, pilgrimages, well known literature, and monastic and native gazetteers -- in addition to the altering iconography mirrored in Kuan-yin's pictures and creative representations -- to figure out the function this fabric performed during this impressive transformation. The ebook eloquently depicts the domestication of Kuan-yin as a case learn 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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