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Author Yü, Chün-fang, 1938- author

Title Kuan-yin : the Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara / Chün-fang Yü
Published New York : Columbia University Press, ©2001
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 640 pages) : illustrations
Series IASWR series
IASWR series.
Contents Preface; 1 Introduction; Maps; 2 Scriptural Sources for the Cult of Kuan-yin; 3 Indigenous Chinese Scriptures and the Cult of Kuan-yin; 4 Miracle Tales and the Domestication of Kuan-yin; 5 Divine Monks and the Domestication of Kuan-yin; 6 Indigenous Iconographies and the Domestication of Kuan-yin; 7 The Ritual of Great Compassion Repentance and the Domestication of the Thousand-handed and Thousand-eyed Kuan-yin in the Sung
8 Princess Miao-shan and the Feminization of Kuan-yin9 P'u-t'o Shan: Pilgrimage and the Creation of the Chinese Potalaka; 10 Feminine Forms of Kuan-yin in Late Imperial China; 11 Venerable Mother: Kuan-yin and Sectarian Religions in Late Imperial China; 12 Conclusion; Appendix A Stele Text of the "Life of the Great Compassionate One"; Appendix B Chinese Women Pilgrims' Songs Glorifying Kuan-yin; Notes; Bibliography; Index and Glossary
Summary 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 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 Buddhis
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 555-593) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Avalokiteśvara (Buddhist deity)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00024015
ISBN 0231502753 (electronic bk.)
9780231502757 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Chinese transformation of Avalokiteśvara